Peugeot's Subaru Forester fighter

30 Sep 2011

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Matt CampbellSydney Morning Herald. September 30, 2011 - 5:10PM

The new Peugeot 4008 all-wheel-drive SUV, has been unveiled.

Peugeot didn't have a single SUV to its name in Australia less than two years ago, but from next year it will have expanded its soft-roader line-up to three with the addition of its new 4008.

The 4008 has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at next year's Geneva motor show, and is due to arrive in local showrooms in the second quarter of 2012.

The compact soft-roader is expected to fight for market share against the likes of Volkswagen's Tiguan, Mazda's upcoming CX-5, Nissan's Dualis, and the car on which the 4008 is based, the Mitsubishi ASX. It will also go up against larger competitors, such as Subaru's Forester and Nissan's X-Trail.

Despite its model name, the 4008 neither replaces the 4007 that launched here in late 2009 and nor is it bigger than the model that is also based on a Mitsubishi - the mid-sized Outlander.

Globally, the 4008 will be offered in a choice of two- and four-wheel-drive. It will be offered with a choice of 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines (producing 85kW/152Nm and 113kW/198Nm respectively) and two turbo diesel mills - an 82kW/280Nm 1.6-litre and a 1.8-litre producing 110kW and 300Nm. Transmissions choices will include five- and six-speed manual gearboxes or a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Australian specifications aren't yet available, but logic would suggest the larger-capacity petrol and diesel versions ahead of the smaller engines.

In terms of styling the 4008 boasts the French brand's more substantial new design language, with a bold front bumper design incorporating the brand's new family "floating" grille design. Despite its muscled look, the 4008 is small in comparison to some of its competitors, measuring just 4.34 metres in length, 1.80 m wide and 1.63 m tall.

Peugeot Australia says the new model will sit alongside its 3008 and 4007 soft-roaders, and that it will be offered with generous equipment levels. Expect models sold here to come standard with a panoramic glass roof, Bluetooth/USB connectivity and LED daytime running lights.

Peugeot Australia marketing manager Richard Grant saying the 4008 will give buyers yet another option in the booming crossover segment.