Peugeot will start sales of its electric SUV, the e-2008, in China from May 20 when the car will be officially listed as the Dongfeng Peugeot e-2008. Chinese media has reported that the Peugeot e-2008 will have a pre-sale price of 180,000 yuan (Rs 19.14 lakh).
Based on the 2008 crossover, the e-2008 is a sharp looker with many bold design elements. On the front, the most striking feature is the triple-LED ‘claw’ DRLs and the big chequered grille with blue accent that adorns the Lion logo. The Lion logo is a dichroic one, which means it changes colours when viewed from different angles. ‘e’ monograms are placed on the front side panel and at the tailgate. To the side, 18-inch alloy wheels and blacked-out pillars grab attention and the triple LED element continues at the rear on the tail lamps too.
An all-digital layout with a digital instrument cluster, which Peugeot calls i-Cockpit 3D, awaits inside the car. Then there’s the driver-oriented floating 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the middle. Peugeot has equipped the e-2008 with several driver assistance systems such as lane departure avoidance, adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, park assist, automatic emergency braking, active blind-spot monitoring and more.
The electric SUV is built on the latest version of the group’s Common Modular Platform (CMP) that can support electric, petrol and diesel powertrains. Powering the e-2008 is a 50 kWh high capacity battery that offers a range of up to 331 km (WLTP) and is driven by a 100 kW (136 hp) motor that produces a peak torque of 260 Nm. The battery can be charged to full capacity between 5 to 8 hours with a wallbox or to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes with a 100 kW DC fast charger. Peugeot is offering an 8 year/160,000 km warranty for the battery. There are three drive modes to choose from – Sport, Normal and Eco and two regenerative braking modes – moderate and increased.