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2019 Peugeot 508 GT is Slow but Sexy

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The 2019 Peugeot 508 GT may not be winning any races when pitted against other cars along the 225 hp bracket but its sexy look makes up for its dismal performance.

The new 508 GT carries a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. The unit produces 225 hp and it is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The setup propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in 7.4 seconds.

0-62 mph Run is More Than 8 Seconds

The numbers of the 508 GT definitely look promising on paper but the testing done by the Dutch publication AutoTopNL seems to disagree with the official figures. When the source took the car for a test drive, it was discovered that its 0 to 62 mph acceleration actually goes more than 8 seconds.

For its €45,600 starting price in Germany, the 508 GT’s performance certainly looks bad compared to other 255 hp cars and other GT-badged vehicles. The slow sprint of the auto was attributed to its transmission. There appeared to be lags in between its shifts.

Examining the Peugeot 508 GT’s Styling

Nevertheless, the attractive design of the 508 GT is its selling point. The body of the car features clean surfaces with beautifully sculpted corners, which are almost free of creases. In addition, the chequered look of the front grille, narrow headlamps with fangs and wide single vent below the front bumper provide a luxurious and sporty combination to the vehicle. Meanwhile, going to the rear shows an amazing layout of its taillights, which is reminiscent of Audi’s styling.

The interior of the 508 GT is a stand out too. The small steering wheel, digital displays, and aluminum accents on the dashboard and panels are visually stimulating. Lastly, its seats are covered in high-end leather with premium stitching.

Overall, the Peugeot 508 GT presents an ideal choice for customers who have more preference in aesthetics over performance.

The Peugeot e-Legend is Truly Legendary

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The Peugeot e-Legend is the past, present, and future all wrapped into one concept car. It shows that an autonomous vehicle does not need to have an outrageously futuristic design that most of us couldn’t relate to. After its unveiling a couple of days ago, the vehicle makes its way to the 2018 Paris Auto Show.

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As Gilles Vidal, design chief at Peugeot, puts it, the e-Legend “shows that an autonomous vehicle doesn’t have to be a neutral design.” What he meant by “not neutral” was that a self-driving car can still look like an actual or modern-day car. That’s opposed to the bubbly, boxy or UFO-shaped concepts that some automakers have previewed so far.

The e-Legend takes inspiration from the 1970s Peugeot 504 Coupe featuring a Pininfarina design. Vidal explained that the concept is not retro though. The car may have adopted the silhouette of its classic predecessor but its design language and details are all modern according to him.

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The e-Legend’s dimensions are 183 in length, 76 inches in width, 53.9 inches in height and 105.9 inches in wheelbase. The exterior features a light metallic gray finish and a more athletic figure thanks to its revised grille, redesigned bumper with front lip spoiler and advanced lighting. In addition, the car is fitted with 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin tires. Meanwhile, blue silk velvet adorns its interior while paldao wood is used to highlight its steering wheel and doorways.

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Going to its powertrain, the e-Legend is equipped with an electric motor that provides it 450 hp and 800 Nm torque to all four wheels. The powerplant is energized by 100 kWh batteries with 600 km electric range. The fast charging system of the auto can juice it up in just 25 minutes, which is already good for a 500 km drive.

The figures take the electric vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in under 4 seconds. On the other hand, its max speed can reach up to 220 km/h.

Peugeot E-Legend Concept Is A Retro-Futuristic Autonomous Car

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Autonomous concept cars have been the center of international auto shows in the past couple of years. Peugeot is readying its E-Legend Concept for an introduction at the Paris Motor Show next month. The E-Legend Concept has a forward-looking design that aims to highlight style over practicality.

The concept is a blend of modern Peugeot car design with the 1969 Peugeot 504 Coupe. The result is a retro-futuristic autonomous car that is reminiscent of the never-built Nissan IDx concept. These two concepts—the E-Legend and the IDx concept—were inspired by coupes designed in the late 1960s. The resemblances between these two concepts are therefore attributed to the trends of that decade.

But the closest connection between the E-Legend and the 504 is the roofline. It has the same trapezoidal shape with sharp corners, the same thin pillars, and the same large glass area. The long nose and the shorter rear deck are similar, too.

The concept measures 183 inches long, 76 inches wide, and 53.9 inches tall. It’s close to the size of a BMW M4, though with a shorter 105.9-inch wheelbase.

Inside, the retro design was carried over. It’s upholstered in 60s chic blue silk velvet while the door panels, seat buckets, and steering wheel are made of paldao wood sourced from renewable forests and finished by French furniture design firm Hervet Manufacturier. For a more relaxing drive, there’s also a fragrance diffuser that can fill the cabin with one of two scents crafted specifically for the E-Legend by perfume maker Ex-Nihilo.

But since this is an autonomous vehicle, the steering wheel will be retractable. Once the steering wheel is stowed, the autonomous system can be set to either one of two modes: soft for comfortable cruising or sharp for a more dynamic driving.

The E-Legend Concept will source its power from an electric engine that makes 456 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are close to the outputs of Jaguar I-Pace, Audi E-Tron, and the larger Teslas.

New Peugeot 208 Snapped For The First Time

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The all-new Peugeot 208 supermini was spied for the first time on the road. The completely revised model now has sharper looks and an all-electric model that could rival the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo.

There are very few key details that we can glean from the spy shots as the car was heavily camouflaged. There are at least three features we can be sure of now: the car will have a set of bold Lion-claw headlights, it will have a sleek rear end, and it will have a five-door body, confirming speculations that the three-door body of the current GTi models will be dropped for the supermini’s second generation.

The car takes its cues from the newer 3008 and the 5008 SUVs in terms of an upright grille and U-shaped lower air intake that gives it a rather distinctive nose. For a sportier look, the roofline tapers to the back and the rear has a small boot spoiler and a bumper-mounted number plate. The DRL signature up front is replicated at the back that now sports a full-LED setup and based on the dual exhaust tips, the photographed model looks to be the GT-Line variant.

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There’s a variety of small-capacity turbo petrol engines for the powertrain options. There’s also a new full-electric-vehicle for the first time. Peugeot’s electric powertrains are suited for small cars, but not for large cars just yet, Peugeot 3008 project manager Marion David said earlier.

To achieve this, the French brand is going to use the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) technology on the 208. The platform will allow the supermini to support batteries and motors for all-electric models. It will offset some of the weight that would be added by the battery packs in these cars.

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The petrol engines offered could be three-cylinder turbos with power from 70 horsepower to nearly 150 horsepower for the 1.2-liter version. There’s no information available if Peugeot will offer diesel engines in its next-generation superminis.

The new 208 will likely make its first public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 2019.

 

Peugeot 3008 Wins Car of the Year 2017 at Geneva Motor Show

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The Peugeot 3008 emerged as the winner of the “Car of the Year 2017” title at the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The prestigious award was received by Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato who took over the company in September 2016.

According to the official website of Geneva International Motor Show, the final voting for the award took place last Monday, March 6, 2017. The jury was composed of 58 journalists hailing from 22 European countries. The final list for the title included the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Citroën C3, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Nissan Micra, Peugeot 3008, Toyota C-HR, Volvo S90/V90.

The scoring of the judges were determined based on the criteria of design, innovation, security and value for money of the vehicles. The Peugeot 3008 gained a total of 309 points from the jury, which was the highest among the other entries. The Alfa Romeo Giulia was the first runner-up with 296 points followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with 197 points.

President of the Jury Hakan Matson, who is also a part of Swedish economic magazine Dagens Industri, said they recognize the increasing share of SUVs and crossovers in the market. Therefore, they chose the Peugeot 3008 as the winner for this year’s award.

Based on a report by Car, Imparato stated, “We made it, the long way from hell to heaven. In 2012, we decided never more (to flirt with bankruptcy), we decided to put the money into the product. We are really proud, it’s a great moment for us,” as he received the award.

It should be noted that the Car of the Year award goes all the way back to 1964. It was created by STERN.

Peugeot is no stranger to the Car of the Year award. The brand first won the distinction in 1969 with the 504. Then, it went on to get the same recognition with the 405 and 307 in the past. The 3008 is the fourth product of the company to get the title.

3 Things That Differentiate The 2017 Peugeot 2008 Model Lineup

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The compact SUV market is getting bigger, and French company Peugeot certainly wants a chunk of that market. Thanks to its updated Peugeot 2008, the automaker can finally compete in the SUV crossover segment with the likes of Mazda CX-3 and Toyota CH-R.

Based on a source, the new look for the 2008 gets a refreshed front, which means a new front bumper, dual grilles, and oddly shaped headlights. It has a hatchback-like roof line, though the floating roof at the rear highlights the reworked taillight design of the 2017 Peugeot 2008.

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We are not sure if this is standard across the lineup, but the Peugeot 2008 will get a turbocharged 1.2-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine as opposed to the petrol and diesel options in the previous model. This new engine can produce 81kW and 205Nm. This is then paired with a six-speed robotized manual for all range after the French automaker left out the traditional manual and auto transmissions.

1. Active

Aside from the aforementioned features, the base model Active will have these following: 16-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, cruise control, leather steering wheel, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay accessible through a seven-inch screen.

2. Allure

The next model in line is the Allure. With this, you’ll get the additional self-parking function, navigation, auto wipers, auto headlights, cornering fog lights, dual-zone air-conditioning, rear privacy glass, autonomous emergency braking, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

3. GT-Line

As the range-topping model, the GT-Line will get styling upgrades such as red highlights on the door handles, seatbelts and handbrakes, alloy door sills and sports pedals, red contrast stitching on the premium leather steering wheel, and red LED instrument panel surround.

You’ll know it’s a GT-Line when you see it because of the chrome exhaust on the rear bumper, the black highlights on the roof rails, the front grille that surround the red-colored Peugeot lettering, and the rear door trim and spoiler and mirror shells.

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5 Important Things To Note About The Peugeot 3008

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Peugeot has finally launched its new 3008, a stylish crossover SUV that proved the French manufacturer is finally ready to move away from the original 3008 model’s MPV look. This one will sit underneath the new 5008.

Here are 5 quick facts about the new Peugeot 3008:

1. Prices

The Peugeot 3008 will have a starting price of $26,759, which makes it more expensive than the Nissan Qashqai and the SEAT Ateca. The affordable price tag (yes, despite being more expensive than two of its rivals) is largely thanks to the automaker deciding to balance it out—use premium materials and still be practical on where it puts it.

2. Specifications

The entry level is called the Active trim, and it packs a considerable hefty infotainment system—12.3-inch digital instrument display, 8-inch touchscreen with built-in Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink for Android smartphones. The new 3008 will come packed with the so-called i-Cockpit interior, which will cocoon the driver in the screen-laden center console and dashboard.

Standard also to the entry-level model are the dual climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency brakes, lane departure warning, and distance alert.

Those who want more can opt for the Allure trim, which has a starting price of $28,969. This comes with additional safety features.

3. Exterior

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The entry-level model sits on 17-inch alloy wheels with automatic headlights and wipers. The Allure trim gets more—larger 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome detailing on the front wing, grey scuff plate on the front bumper, and stainless steel doorsills.

If you are looking for a sportier model, go with the GT Line for $31,302. It tweaked the original design to get a different grille, improved front bumper, black roof, twin exhaust effect rear bumper, LED headlamps, foglamps, and front indicators.

4. Engine

The 3008 GT, the range topper, will sell for $40,511. Aside from all the stunning features mentioned above, this one gets a 2.0-liter BlueHDI diesel engine paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It can produce 179 horsepower. Fuel economy is rated at 58.9mpg.

The cheapest engine option is the turbocharged 1.2-liter PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engine. It can produce 129 horsepower.

5. Interior

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Standard to the new 3008 are full leather seats. The driver’s seat, in particular, is eight-way adjustable with a multi-point massage function. The 3008 GT will have aluminum roof bars, panoramic glass roof, keyless entry/go, adaptive cruise control, and an electric tailgate.

Spy Shots Reveal the 2017 Peugeot 3008

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We are now seeing the new 2016 Peugeot 3008 ahead of the September 2016 Paris Auto Show, where it is scheduled to have its world debut. For this year’s 3008, the French automaker decided to drop the minivan body style and embrace the SUV bandwagon. So, say a long and sad goodbye to the 3008 minivan because we will be seeing the last of its production run.

The second-generation 3008 looks like a better compact crossover SUV than most of the models we now see in the market. The exterior design in the spy shots appears to be based on Peugeot’s Quartz concept that was unveiled in 2014. On the other hand, its interior is probably derived from the same EMP2 platform used in the French auto’s 308 compact hatchback.

The interior is going to be upgraded as proven by the new spy shots revealed of the 3008. It will be getting a new digital instrument cluster in front of the new steering wheel, which is similar to the Peugeot 308.

The reason for the more elegant interior is Peugeot’s aim to be recognized apart from its rivals.

Reportedly, the new 3008 will have a couple of powertrain options. There’s a range of turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. In particular, the 2017 model will have the 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol that features in the 308 SW.

However, the new 3008 will not carry the diesel hybrid, which was recently dropped from the current 3008 range. What it would probably have is the petrol plug-in hybrid.

You can opt to pair these engines with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. Combine these engines and transmission choices to either a front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, then you’ve got yourself quite a good crossover SUV.

Peugeot will start delivering the new 3008 in early 2017 in markets where the French brand is available.

Peugeot is looking to rival Ford Motor Company’s Kuga (sold as the Escape in the United States), the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Spy Video Teases 2017 Peugeot 3008

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Earlier spy photo of the 2017 Peugeot 3008.

As we’re waiting for the official presentation of the 2017 Peugeot 3008, we may have to content ourselves with a spy video released on video sharing platform YouTube. There is not much to see, but better this than nothing, right?

The video shows the production-ready Peugeot 3008 passing by in a fleeting moment of ecstasy for those waiting for its final release. The low-resolution video didn’t reveal anything in terms of how the car would look like up front, but it did give us a clear glimpse of how attractive this is from the back.

First, let’s talk a bit about the front. It has a considerably different façade from the other cars churned out by the brand. It features an aggressively styled grille with the company’s lion badge at the center. On the side, it has slim headlights on the wide front bumper finished with the silver faux bash plate.

Because of such features, experts are pointing out to the possibility that the new 3008 might be taking after the recently previewed Peugeot Quartz concept, shown at the 2014 Paris motor show.

The short and blurry video also teased us with a brief shot of the car’s sides—the wheels’ arches and side skirts are clad in black plastic. This gives the 3008 a more SUV-like appearance. Topping the sides aesthetics are new alloy wheels filling the wheel arches.

The video might not be able to show the car’s interior, but it should have a futuristic cockpit as previewed by Peugeot’s i-Cockpit last month. This features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

Previous reports said the new 3008 would be revealed at the Paris motor show this coming September, but it looks like we might see this sooner than that. France’s Automobile Magazine is reporting it will be revealed on May 23.

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