Billed as the 2008 Concept, this will be Peugeot's all-new baby SUV to rival the Nissan Juke, as well as the Chevrolet Trax and Ford Ecosport.
Left: RCZ-R gets 260hp treatment.
Right: 2008 to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke.
Even though the production-ready 2008 will get toned-down details, it's reckoned to still be a bold-looking crossover that will try to capture the hearts of city-dwellers.
Peugeot has formally announced ahead of the vehicle's debut in Paris this month that the 2008 will come with a 110hp 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine (basic block being shared with the Mitsubishi Mirage Ecocar) but with additional direct-injection and turbo tech.
The 2008 should prove to be a pretty frugal SUV, although no economy figures have been revealed yet. Expect a diesel option to follow for markets with no prejudice for black oil.
Now that Peugeot has started its campaign in going international, the 2008 will be made next year in three countries: France, China and Brazil.
There's an assembly facility in Malaysia that may get the chance to build the 2008 in the future _ should the French take the Asean market seriously.
Meanwhile, Peugeot is previewing a fiery RCZ-R that's the go-faster version of the Peugeot's Audi TT impersonator. The RCZ-R has also been confirmed for the showroom next year and features a highly tuned version of the 1.6-litre petrol-turbo, also used by Mini (like the Paceman, as previewed on the bottom of this page).
Power tops an impressive 260hp, over 40hp more powerful than Mini's JCW treatment. With the help of Peugeot's motorsport arm, the RCZ-R comes with a Torsen differential to help keep the front wheels from going wild.
Due to the comical 220hp tax barrier in Thailand, the RCZ-R will definitely point north of 5 million baht _ 2 million more than the regular RCZ with 200hp.
Only black magic can make the RCZ-R sell in Thailand at a "reasonable" price. The Audi TT-S, sporting a 272hp 2.0-litre petrol-turbo motor, managed to hit the grey market at practically the same price as the 200hp TT. The two-tiered front grille is also part of the regular RCZ's facelift.
Peugeot is following the footsteps of Audi by launching a high-performance of a particular model when it reaches mid-life.