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Trevor Collett | May, 21 2014 | 1 Comment

Peugeot is reportedly considering a new three-door version of its 2008 SUV, which could wear the '1-series' tag for the French carmaker.

According to the UK’s Auto Express, a new ‘1008’ badge could slot into the line-up below the current five-door 2008.

The report suggests that the three-door crossover would be built on a 3900mm-long version of the 2008's platform, making it around 300mm shorter.

Engines and transmission options would likely mirror at least some of the 2008 line-up, which currently consists of 1.2 litre three-cylinder and 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol units in Australia, along with a 1.6 litre four-cylinder diesel.

All 2008 models currently offered in Australia are front-wheel-drive, which may point to a 2WD-only policy for a smaller three-door version as well.

Styling could follow the lines of Peugeot’s new corporate ‘face’, although further styling cues may be found in the five-door Urban Crossover Concept from 2012, or even the three-door HR-1 Hybrid Concept from 2010.

If a 1008 were to be offered in Australia, it would join two other Peugeot models in the booming but competitive small SUV segment, with big-brother 2008 and the 4008 also vying for sales.

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2012 Peugeot Urban Crossover Concept

According to further reports this month, a hotted-up version of the 2008 could also be available soon in overseas market, with Peugeot keen to capitalise on the attention from its new 2008 DKR Dakar Rally cars.

The 2014 Peugeot 2008 currently starts at $21,990 plus-roads in Australia, so a future 1008 would likely dip below $20,000 if it were ever offered here.

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