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Meet the face-lifted Peugeot 2008

The e-2008 receives a healthy power and range boost

The latest update to the 2008 is more fierce-looking. PHOTO FROM PEUGEOT

If you recall, in our coverage of the Peugeot e-2008 preview from the 2023 Manila International Auto Show, the automaker mentioned that we would be receiving the face-lifted version of the crossover instead of the current model.

A few weeks later, it has just shown off to the world what this facelift looks like, along with several improvements to make its ever-popular B-segment crossover even better.

Think evolution instead of revolution. PHOTOS FROM PEUGEOT

While the general shape and body lines of the crossover remain unchanged, the friendly-looking front fascia now gets reshaped to resemble a snarl, complete with a larger grille and the three vertical light claws found in newer Peugeot models.

The three-claw taillights also get revised with a thinner design, and all variants come with new four-spoke alloy wheels (which can be sized from 16 to 18 inches) with a cover to hide the lug nuts to streamline the design. All the badges also feature a new typeface, too.

Bigger screens, additional USB ports, and a more powerful wireless charger. PHOTOS FROM PEUGEOT

Peugeot’s i-Cockpit gets revamped with two larger 10-inch displays as standard for both the instrument binnacle and the central screen. There are also more USB ports (Type C and Type A), a more powerful 15W wireless charger, a 360° camera, and the usual array of modern driver aids, including traffic sign recognition.

It's one stylish small EV, don't you agree? PHOTO FROM PEUGEOT

The star of the show is obviously the electric powertrain. It now has a more powerful 115kW (156hp) motor with a larger 54kWh battery pack, allowing for a range of up to 406km on a single charge.

It comes with two kinds of onboard chargers, with a single-phase 7.4kW charger as standard, and an optional three-phase 11kW charger. It will take 30 minutes to recharge the car from 20% to 80% from a 100kW fast charger, while topping up at home may vary from four hours and 40 minutes (via the 7.4kW wall box) to 11 hours and 10 minutes (via a traditional wall socket).

It's also available in ICE flavors if owning an EV is not sustainable in your country. PHOTO FROM PEUGEOT

If you prefer a traditional ICE 2008, it will come with three engine choices: a 1.2-liter gasoline three-cylinder with 100hp (PureTech 100); a 1.2-liter gasoline three-cylinder with 130hp (PureTech 130); or a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel with 130hp (BlueHDi 130).

Come 2024, it will also be offered with an electrified powertrain, which mates a PureTech gasoline engine to a 48V hybrid system and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission for an output of 136hp, and should allow it to run under electric power only.

Europe will be the first one to receive the car sometime mid-2023 as it will be produced at its Vigo plant in Spain, so it will only be a matter of time before the Philippines gets the Malaysia-sourced models.

Sam Surla

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