Peugeot’s All-New 5008 Ditches MPV Shape and Becomes a Seven-Seat Compact SUV

This is Peugeot’s answer to the Skoda Kodiaq

Peugeot has unveiled the all-new 5008 ahead of the model's debut at the Paris Motor Show, and the first thing that strikes the viewer is the fact the new 5008 is not an MPV anymore.

Just like the all-new 3008, the 5008 has transformed into an SUV to bring much-needed sales for Peugeot.

However, it hasn't ditched the practicality of its predecessor, boasting seven seats and a roomy, modular interior. The all-new 5008 is essentially a longer version of the 3008, as it's positioned as a large seven-seater in the C segment.

The all-new model reminds of the 3008 in many ways, particularly when it comes to styling. It sports very similar front and rear ends, with almost identical lights. The side view is where the larger model differs most significantly from its smaller sibling, with the 5008 featuring a bigger glasshouse with a large third lateral window and a more utilitarian appearance.

Inside, the new Peugeot 5008 has an identical, driver-oriented dashboard to the 3008, highlighted by the Peugeot i-Cockpit interior layout which combines a compact steering wheel with an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch high-resolution digital head-up instrument panel.

The 5008 is 4,640 mm long, which makes it 190 mm longer than the 3008 and 110 mm longer than the previous 5008. It's also 95 kg lighter than its predecessor. The 2,840 mm wheelbase (165 mm longer than the new 3008) allows for increased space for second-row passengers, who enjoy 60 mm more knee room than in the previous 5008.

There are three matching, separate, folding and tilting seats in the second row, as well as two removable, separate, folding seats in the third row. Depending on the trim level, third-row seats are standard or optional. The extra seats fold into the boot floor when not needed, but are easily removable as well, freeing up a cargo capacity of 780 liters in seven-seat configuration or 1,060 l in five-seat configuration. These are the best values in the segment so far. Take that, Skoda Kodiaq!

The new 5008 uses the same Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) as the 3008, which means it shares the engine lineup with the smaller model. At launch, the powertrain lineup in Europe will include two gasoline engines and four diesels.

The gasoline range consists of the 1.2L PureTech 130 and the 1.6L PureTech 165. Diesel fans will be able to choose from the 1.6L BlueHDi 100, 1.6L BlueHDi 120, 2.0L BlueHDi 150, and 2.0L BlueHDI 180. Depending on the engine, Peugeot offers five- and six-speed manual transmissions or a six-speed automatic transmission. There's no mention of all-wheel drive, though. CO2 emissions are as low as 115 g/km for gasoline engines and 105 g/km for diesel units.

The all-new Peugeot 5008 will have its world debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month, with the market launch scheduled for spring 2017.