Dongfeng-PSA China JV opens Chengdu plant with the new Peugeot 4008. The plant will see 20 new launches in China and Southeast Asia by 2021.The capacity of the plant is to build 300,000 vehicles a year.
The new Peugeot 4008 is a European-styled car and engineered in Japan. The car is meant to take on the competition in the best possible manner. It is a small SUV. It has a 2-litre, four-cylinder engine, giving a power of 110 kw at 6000-rpm. The torque is 4200-rpm at 197nm. The transmission of the engine comes in manual and automatic mode. The base model is available in 2-wheel drive while the top end model is available in four-wheel drive.
The car is simple in design and it is not an overtly styled family car. The key feature is that the silhouette of the new Peugeot 4008 has a traditional SUV body shape that has a curved back and wide nose grille that is flanked by two chrome headlights that are slanting. The car lacks the Hannibal lector grille of the 3008 and 4007 model. It has got clean lines and the arresting grille gives it a strong presence. The 18-inch alloy wheels give it the perfect look. The SUV is built on the Mitsubishi ASX platform, but with a much tidier design and slightly wider tackier.
The interiors of the car are neat, trimmed and finished with soft –textured surfaces and piano black facings and metal garnish. The switchgear is easy to follow and falls into the hand nicely. CVT automatic paddles are also good and the cars are fully featured.
Comfort and safety features
Cruise control and power windows are the norm along with tinted rear windows, and the driver’s foot rest adding to the comfort features of the car. The car has a chilled glove box adding to the modernity of the car. The steering wheel is height adjustable and the SUV has fog lights and LED daytime driving lights. Automatic headlights and wipers and nice leather, heated front seats are the features that you can rely on. Bluetooth functionality and USB connectivity are also additional features that make the vehicle a good one. Seven airbags and reversing camera are the other features of the car. Not only that, the emergency brake assist and pretension and force limit front seat belts and three-point seat belts are the norm in this vehicle. The boot capacity of this vehicle is 383 litres and the boot size can be increased to 1193 litres by dropping the third row. Hill start assist and side impact absorbing door padding are additional features of this vehicle. More features can be understood online by visiting websites like http://www.citypeugeotbrisbane.com.au/
The automatic option gives a better ride than the manual mode. Riding through the traffic is thus easy. The turning radius of the car is good making it an easy option for city parking.
The latest car that is slated to be unveiled is the 5008 version of Peugeot. The styling is inspired from the Peugeot 308 CC car. Australia will definitely see Peugeot 308 first and then only the 5008 version. Hope that the new entrants come at par with the Peugeot 208 GTI that had set the hatch segment on fire.