The Peugeot 5008, the French carmaker’s flagship SUV, presently stands out in the Peugeot range as the only SUV model sold sans a hybrid powertrain. However, with the upcoming third-generation 5008, the French automaker hopes to not only address the issue but also introduce a Peugeot 5008 electric.
Peugeot 5008 Electric Design & Interior
According to a report on Largus.fr from January 2022, the next-generation 5008 is codenamed Peugeot P74 and is expected to be available in five and seven seat configurations. The seven-seater variant would be an option that adds a third row of seats which eats into the boot space as the overall vehicle dimension would remain the same.
Peugeot’s former design chief Gilles Vidal (now design director at Renault) had told AutoExpress in 2020 that the third generation 5008 will prioritize practicality, moving towards a squarish design that will still look “amazing.” Because the 5008 is also sold in China, where rear-seat legroom is prioritized, the five-seat variant’s rear seats may be moved back to optimize rear-seat legroom, even if it compromises space in the trunk.
Vidal hinted that Peugeot would design a more practical 5008 in the next generaiton while retaining the visual appeal.
Peugeot 5008 Electric Platform & variants
The P74 5008 will be built on the STLA Medium (eVMP platform), which Stellantis announced would be used for C- and D-segment vehicles starting in 2023. Products based on the STLA Medium will have a range of 440 miles (700 km) and battery capacities ranging from 87 kWh to 104 kWh, which will be extended to other brands in the group, from the premium DS and successors to Alfa Romeo’s Giulia and Stelvio.
Peugeot may use a dual-motor AWD drivetrain for its top-of-the-line GT range of the 5008, which relies on visual distinguishers (GT emblems, black roof, chrome trims, and twin exhausts) effect, and larger alloy wheels) to stand out. The entry-level 5008 Electric variants are likely to come with a single-motor set-up with around 125 kW, and the most range-focused configuration could offer around 350 miles (563 km) on a single charge.
As the Stellantis Group intends to develop a common microprocessor and inverter for all STLA platforms (STLA Small, Medium, and Large), capable of running at 400V and 800V and delivering up to 350 kW of charging speeds, the 5008 Electric AWD should be able to compete with rivals from South Korea and China at the charging station.
Next-gen Peugeot 5008 to continue with ICE
According to Largus.fr, the Stellantis Group will ensure that the P74 5008 has at least two hybrid options, in sync with its plans of offering an EV and a hybrid variant. The hybrid ensures that climate-conscious customers skeptical about pure electrics have an alternative drivetrain option to choose from.
The PHEV will likely be a 1.6-liter variant, while Peugeot will position a 5008 mild-hybrid with a 1.2-liter PureTech engine in a lower price segment. Peugeot is likely to pull the plug on the 5008 with the diesel engine in the future.
Peugeot 5008 Electric Production & Launch
Peugeot revealed that the next-generation 3008 and 5008 will be manufactured at the Stellantis Sochaux plant in France, with production set to begin in 2024. The company is investing 200 million EUR (216 million USD) in updating the manufacturing line in preparation for the transition to STLA Medium.
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