Kez Casey | Sep 8, 2016

Peugeot has revealed its first entrant into the large SUV market with the seven-seat 5008, repurposing the name of Peugeot’s previous MPV into a new form factor designed to appeal to a wider range of buyers outside of the European market.

While Peugeot has tried its hand at the seven-seat SUV market before, with the 4007 medium SUV, a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Outlander, but like the smaller 3008 the 5008 represents an all-Peugeot product.

Styling follows closely in the 3008’s footsteps, with a familiar front-end design set apart by a unique headlight and front bumper treatment. From the B-pillar back the 5008 flows into a longer rear body section, riding on a longer wheelbase.

With an overall length of 4.64 metres the 5008 is just 10mm shorter from nose to tail than a Holden Captiva, but compared to the smaller 3008 the seven-seater extends a further 190mm.

Inside Peugeot has attempted to maximise interior practicality thanks to a pair of removable folding third row seats, and three individually adjustable folding second row seats. The front passenger seat can also be folded to accommodate loads of up to 3.2 metres in length.

Boot space is a claimed best-in-class with 1060 litres available once the third row is removed, or 952 litres with the third row stowed.

Up front the 5008 again turns to the smaller 3008 for its interior architecture, utilising Peugeot’s i-Cockpit driver interface which combines a low-set small diameter steering wheel, with a multi-function TFT instrument cluster, and touchscreen multimedia interface with a set of function shortcut buttons arranged into a driver-centric centre stack.

The chassis architecture for the 5008 is Peugeot’s modular EMP2 platform, already in use beneath the 3008 and 308 and engine choices in Europe will cover a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel choices ranging from 74kW to 132kW paired with either a five or six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic.

Three mainstream models will go sale in Europe, with a sporty styled GT-line and more performance oriented 5008 GT model at the top of the range.

In Australia the 5008 is scheduled for a mid-2017 launch, joining the small 2008 and medium 3008 as part a three-pronged SUV range for the Australian market. The line-up and features for Australia are still to be confirmed, but should be unvelied closer to launch.

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