► New 2024 Peugeot 5008
► To run on STLA platform
► Seven-seater caught on test
Peugeot’s 5008 SUV is undergoing a growth spurt and upmarket push with the second-generation arriving in 2024.
The headline news is the e5008, a pure electric version enabled by the car’s complete reboot. There will also be a plug-in hybrid as the model truly electrifies having been the laggard of Peugeot’s range; formerly the third row of seats swallowed up the space for battery stowage.
5008 goes up a class
The outgoing 5008 measures 4641mm but the new generation will pass 4.7-metres, denoting it as a ‘D-segment’ SUV. That puts it in the same class as BMW’s X3 for example, and whispers suggest its handsome design wouldn’t look out of place in a Volvo showroom.
‘More customers are looking for a big SUV than seven-seat capability,’ says Phil York, Peugeot’s head of global marketing. Nonetheless the 5008 Mk2 will still offer seven seats. The current 5008 has three independent seats across the middle row, all boasting Isofix child seat connectors: bigger families will hope the new model retains this winning combination.
Spyshots confirm the new car has a long wheelbase to increase interior space. Its new STLA Medium architecture can put up to 2.9m between the wheels, and its compact sister model – the e3008 – has a 2739mm wheelbase for example. But the 5008 has a more horizontal roofline boosting headroom over the e3008’s more rakish, ‘coupe-crossover’ look.
Under the skin
STLA Medium is the first of Stellantis group’s new electric vehicle platforms, which comes with two battery packs. In the e3008 the 73kWh pack covers 326 miles on the WLTP test cycle, the 98kWh stack a whopping 435 miles of range. The e3008 weighs at least 2.1 tonnes and the e5008 will be bigger and heavier, so expect those ranges to diminish.
Like the batteries, the electric motors have a common design. A 157kW (213bhp) permanent magnet motor turns the front wheels, and customers will be able to add an 83kW (111bhp) motor to the rear axle for a combined 324bhp and all-wheel drive. This AWD model should sprint from standstill to 62mph in under 7.0secs.
The body is suspended by struts up front and an independent multi-link axle, which creates space for the rear motor. Wheel sizes span 19- to 20-inches.
While STLA Medium was conceived for electric cars, it also supports a 1.2-litre mild hybrid (carried over from the existing model) and the plug-in hybrid. There won’t be a diesel engine this time.
Inside the cockpit
New e3008 has a fabulous feel, with grey fabric on the dash, ambient lighting and a 21-inch floating curved touchscreen. Expect the 5008 to lift this wholesale: the 308 and 408 have an identical cockpit. One new development is doubling the number of ‘iToggle’ haptic pads, enabling 10 short-cuts to key vehicle functions. Over the air updates will add new functionality.
Expect the new 5008 to cost around £40,000, with the electric version starting at least £5k higher. It will be built in the Sochaux plant alongside new 3008 and is expected to break cover in the second half of 2024.