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What We Know So Far About The Peugeot 2008 Baby SUV

2019 Peugeot rendering by AutoExpress.

2019 Peugeot 2008 photo by AutoExpress.

Peugeot’s two latest SUVs, the 3008 and the 5008, were both warmly welcomed by the auto community, which might be the trigger for the French company to introduce the two models’ baby brother, the 2008. Due to be revealed in the autumn of 2019, the Peugeot 2008 will carry the brand’s newest chassis technology developed by its parent firm, the PSA, and its Chinese partner, DongFeng.

The new chassis platform is called the CMP or the Compact Modular Platform, which was specifically designed for smaller cars. It will make its new debut on the new 208, which we can expect at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

The new platform will make the 2008 SUV slightly longer but lighter than the outgoing model. The CMP chassis weighs around 40 kilograms less than the PF1 setup that is used in the existing 208 and 2008 lineups.

The company has been working hard to ensure that there are consistency and sophistication in their designs, so we can expect the new 2008 to be similar in looks with the new 208. That would, of course, bring a lot of changes and updates to the bigger 3008.

Inside the cabin, more premium materials will be used for that topnotch experience. There should be a totally redesigned dashboard featuring the latest evolutions in Peugeot’s i-Cockpit instrument panel. These changes will extend to the fully digital display across the range, specifically in regions like the UK where Peugeot is being considered at the “upper end of mainstream.”

As for the engine lineup, the 2008 should be using an updated form of the current 1.2-liter PureTech petrol motor that can deliver somewhere from 85 to 130 horsepower. Aside from the petrol engines, the 2008 should get the PSA’s new-generation 1.5-liter BlueHDi diesel engines, an eight-speed automatic for high-end variants, and a standard six-speed manual.

 

Top 3 Things To Know About The 2019 Nissan Sentra

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The Nissan Sentra is not exactly the type of compact sedan that car enthusiasts love. It has nothing going on except that it’s dependable and it does the job well. The functionality, however, of the Sentra proved to be Nissan’s reason to go as far as release a Nismo version a few years back.

1. Entry-Level Model Is More Expensive Than Its Predecessor

The entry-level Sentra S is $1,100 more expensive than its predecessor. It comes in at $17,790 and gets a few basic pieces of equipment such as air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, powered windows/locks, and cruise control. The base model also comes with a 1.8-liter engine that makes 124 horsepower with the Xtronic transmission and 130 horses with a six-speed manual.

Moving up the trim level, the Sentra SV includes a 7.0-inch NissanConnect infotainment system with an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The SV option also gives you a chance to pay for the SV Special Edition Package.

2. SV Special Edition Package Is New To The Game

The SV Special Edition Package was made exclusively for the SV trim level. It offers a whole lot of aesthetic materials that could make the Sentra stand out. For example, the package will include 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), power sliding glass moonroof with tilt feature, center room dim lamp (LED), dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, and a Special Edition badge.

The SV Special Edition Package will also come with the Xtronic transmission, meaning that the Sentra will get the automatic emergency braking system.

3. Sentra SR Turbo And Sentra Nismo Are Also Available

If you are not satisfied with the kind of performance that the S and the SV can provide, maybe you should look into the SR Turbo and Nismo trim levels. They are the only ones available with the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.

Overall, the new Nissan Sentra is also boasting of its Safety Shield Technologies that include Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

2019 Audi A4 and A5 Lose Manual Transmission

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Audi has confirmed that its A4 and A5 will drop the manual transmission option for the 2019 model year. The company cited low sales as the reason for killing the stick-shift option.

Since it debuted in 2017, the A4 had a six-speed manual transmission but Audi has experienced a slump in sales and customer satisfaction rating that even its A5 coupe lost the manual gearbox. This means that Audi’s lineup would be completely manual-free in the United States.

Only a handful of Americans, about 5 percent, chose the A4’s manual transmission over its seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. This is enough reason for the company to pull out the manual option from the sedan, of course. Car experts are certainly disappointed because the manual transmission made the cars more powerful and it provided an increased level of performance.

During a test, a manual A4 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, a tenth of a second quicker than an A4 that runs on a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

It did make sense for Audi to finally pull out all the manual transmission options from its lineup as it moves toward a more “electrified” future. The shift to electric cars by virtually every carmaker in the world is another consideration that must have come into play in Audi’s decision.

If you still want a manual Audi, you can go to dealerships nationwide as some of the 2018 models are still available. Provided that the six-speed manual transmission was only offered with Quattro all-wheel drive and the standard 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four, owning one of these last remaining manual cars is still cool.

The 2019 model year should be available in dealerships later this year for $36,975, so go get your hands on those manual cars while you still can.

 

 

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