Improved Peugeot e-2008 electric delayed for Australia

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Australian-bound Peugeot e-2008 electric hatch won’t have the longer range and increased power output of the facelifted model which will follow at a later date.

The Peugeot e-2008 now has a larger 54kWh battery, giving it 402km of range and 114kW of power at its disposal. Included in the raft of improvements is a tweak to styling.

Australia will introduce the current model before introducing the new facelift. The current e-2008 is priced from $59,990 before on-road costs and arrives later this year with the smaller 50kWh battery and a lesser powered 100kW motor. The smaller battery sees the range drop from the new 402km figure to 328km (WLTP).

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The latest 2008 also has a wider, more aggressive front end featuring the new Peugeot badge, black bumper inserts and updated lights inspired by the Peugeot 508.

The biggest changes come beneath, with the 2008 receiving a powertrain overhaul. Petrol and electric power are both available while an improved hybrid variant will launch overseas in 2024.

The hybrid combines a Puretech engine with an electric motor to produce a total of 101kW. It features a battery that’s able to recharge at low speeds around town.

Peugeot says this model is 15 per cent more efficient for fuel consumption compared with the previous hybrid and that the powertrain can operate “more than 50 per cent of the time in electric mode” in urban environments.

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The electric Peugeot e-2008 model gains a new, more powerful electric motor and a larger 54kWh battery – the same used in the revised Peugeot e-208. Power jumps up by 18 per cent over the previous e-2008, with 114kW on tap.

Range also increases significantly to 402km, putting the e-2008 in direct competition with the Kia Niro EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric.

The EV can also be equipped with a 7.4kW or 11kW on-board charger. A 7.4kW home charger will take it from 0-80% in 7 hours and 30 minutes. When using a 100kW rapid charger, it can go from 0-80% in 30 minutes.

The 2008 is an important car for Peugeot, having sold almost 700,000 times since its 2019 overhaul. It finished as Europe’s best-selling B-segment SUV in 2021.

It’s also a key model for the French marque’s ambitions in the EV market, with the electric version accounting for 17.4 per cent of 2008 sales in 2022.

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