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New Peugeot 4008 SUV unveils agenda for 2012

Published by Guardian on Fri, 20 Jan 2012

SCHEDULED to be on sale from the second quarter of 2012, new Peugeot 4008 Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) is aimed at automobile freaks that already own an all-terrain vehicle and those looking for an alternative to saloons or multi-purpose vehicles.The new stylistic codes of the 4008 are adapted, such as the floating grille and the feline design of the lamp units with visual signature: at the front, a line of LED daylight running lamps that complement the headlamps and three red claws sculpted rear lamps.According to the auto firm, the off-road character has been emphasised by adopting a vertical design of grille, inclusion of body sill protectors and prominent wheel arch protection trims, to accommodate large wheels enhanced by the sophisticated design of the wheel rims.The 4008 will be offered solely as a 4x4 in Europe and will come with three drive modes: 2x4, 4x4, and LOCK, which is a permanent all-wheel drive. Previewed as the HR1 Concept the debuted in Paris in 2011, the 4008 is based on Mitsubishi ASX platform.Engines on the petrol side will be the 1.6i with 115 PS (85 kW / 114 hp) and 152 Nm (112 lb-ft) of torque, and the 2.0i with 150 PS (113 kW / 148 horse power) and 198 (146 lb-ft) of torque. Both come standard with a five-speed manual.Diesels include the 1.6 HDi with 110 PS (82 kW / 109 hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque and the 1.8 HDi with 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque. The diesels come standard with a six-speed manual gearboxWith its distinctive, stylish appearance and its 4x4 SUV features, the 4008 is a 'modern response to the needs of all-terrain vehicle customers, in a very prominent market segment.The platform of the 4008, taken in part from the 4007, has been reduced in length by shorter front and rear overhangs. Its long wheelbase and its wide tracks have been retained to guarantee good occupant space in the front and rear.In the four-wheel drive version, the driver can select three transmission modes: '2WD' two-wheel drive, '4WD' four-wheel drive and 'LOCK' locking of the four-wheel drive.In the two four-wheel drive modes ' 4WD and LOCK - the distribution of the torque between the front and the rear is according to information made available 'managed electronically.'In LOCK mode, the four-wheel drive transmission becomes permanent, with even greater distribution of torque to the rear wheels.'This type of transmission will represent more than 80 per cent of sales of the 4008. Peugeot's new 4x4 SUV will in fact only be offered in a 4x4 version in certain countries, including Europe.
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