During Peugeot E-Lion Day last week, the French automaker announced plans to feature its 2008 mild-hybrid technology later this year. The 48V configuration will likely arrive with the mid-cycle facelift of the small crossover, which has now been first spied. Caught in the cold while resting between two test sessions, the vehicle was only camouflaged at the rear. However, future prototypes are also expected to wear a disguise on the front.
The dual exhaust tips indicate that we are dealing with a Peugeot 2008 2024 prototype equipped with a combustion engine, but the e-2008 is likely to undergo the same styling changes. From what we can tell so far, the B-segment crossover has received redesigned taillights. The rear bumper looks more of the same, although since the Stellantis brand has gone to the trouble of covering it, there might be some subtle tweaks that we just can’t see due to the camouflage.
Taken in the late hours of the day in Sweden, the test vehicle had halogen headlights instead of the optional all-LED setup with the three-claw light signature. Peugeot hasn’t covered the interior either, giving the impression that the cabin will be carried over from the current model. However, history has taught us that facelifts also bring changes to the interior, so this 2008 probably didn’t have any.
As for changes under the hood, these mild hybrid models will be powered by a new generation of 100 and 136 horsepower PureTech gasoline engines. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission incorporating a 21 kilowatt electric motor. Aside from the extra low-end torque, the 2008 will reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%.
Stellantis’ recent small electric vehicles have been improved, and chances are the e-2008 will be next in line to get an upgrade for extra range. Take for example the 2023 e-208 with 20 more hp for a grand total of 156 hp while torque remained the same at 260 Nm (191 lb-ft). The electric city car now has a larger battery with a useful capacity of 48.1 kWh (instead of 46.2 kWh) to cover 400 kilometers (249 miles) on a single charge in the WLTP cycle.
Peugeot will market the 2008 facelift in the second half.