Peugeot has announced details of a brand-new MPV model, badged the 5008.
Available in five- and seven-seat versions, the Peugeot 5008 features fold-flat rear seating and a host of hi-tech innovations. These include the head-up display – a first on any – and Distance Alert options from the recently introduced Peugeot 3008 crossover, plus a twin-screen multimedia entertainment system.
Even in the seven-seater versions, Peugeot describes all of the seats as ‘full size’ – although we will reserve judgement on the final row’s adult compatibility until we’ve tried it for ourselves.
The folding mechanism means all of the rear seats can be individually collapsed into the floor to create a flat load area, presumably in a manner similar to that first seen in the Vauxhall Zafira.
And with the front passenger seat also folded flat, the 5008 can accommodate objects up to 2.76m in length.
Additional storage includes the usual cupholders and large door pockets front and rear, plus a cooled centre console with 10.5-litres of capacity. Five-seat versions also get a 60-litre storage space under the boot floor.
The head-up display helps the driver keep his eyes on the road while still taking in important information such as speed, while the Distant Alert gives a visual warning if the 5008 approaches to within a set distance of the car in front. Control of the vehicle remains in the driver’s hands at all times, however.
The twin-screen multimedia system – which is likely to be an option on range-topping models – comes with a pair of Bluetooth headsets and can be hooked up to various entertainment devices, including . The screens are also fully independent, meaning they can be used for different things at the same time if required.
Other available gadgets include cruise control, speed limiter, gap-measuring parking sensors and a special poor-weather traction control system called ‘Snow Motion’. Stability control will be standard, alongside six airbags – including curtain airbags that protect all three seating rows.
On sale in 2010
The 5008’s engine range will consist of 1.6 and 1.6-turbo petrols, plus 1.6 and 2.0 turbodiesels. Most interesting of all is the 1.6 HDi turbodiesel with ‘Electronically Controlled’ six-speed gearbox, which is promising CO2 emissions of just 135g/km and 54.3mpg combined fuel economy.
It will be publicly revealed for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and is scheduled to go on sale in the UK early in 2010.
Price and specification details will be announced nearer the time.
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