The Peugeot 2008 is not an old car. It debuted just three years ago in Geneva together with the Renault Captur. But even so, Peugeot has given their subcompact crossover a mild styling refresh as well as a new GT Line trim.
The update is very subtle yet it gives a sizeable impact. A new bonnet accompanies the new grille, and the black plastic cladding now extends to the wheel arches. A couple of new shades are also introduced to the refreshed 2008 – Emerald Crystal and Ultimate Red; the latter is a shade nicked from the 308 GTi‘s colour palette.
The cabin is left largely untouched, though. Peugeot is adamant that their i-Cockpit, which includes the quirky small diameter steering wheel and the 7-inch touch screen infotainment display to provide a “unique driving experience”.
New for the 2008 is the range-topping GT Line. Externally marked by some “GT Line” emblems on the fenders and on the tailgate, it gets a set of unique 17-inch wheels finished in Eridan gloss black. Most of the chromed items on the 2008 such as the grille surround, roof rails, and side mirror covers are now finished in gloss black too.
Meanwhile the interior of the 2008 GT Line is littered with red highlights, in the form of the stitch work on the leather upholstery, the edges on the seat belts and the floor mats, and the LED used for the Head-Up Display. Also bundled in is a set of aluminium pedals as well as stainless steel door sills.
Powering the 2008 is a PureTech 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a BlueHDi 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel. The petrol unit is offered in three states of tune: 82 hp, 110 hp, and 130 hp. The PureTech 82 is available in either a five-speed manual or automatic, and the PureTech 110 comes in either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The most powerful PureTech 130 is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.
The diesel variant comes in three different power outputs: 75 hp, 100 hp, and 120 hp. The least powerful BlueHDi 75 is paired to a five-speed manual and the most powerful BlueHDi 120 is mated to a six-speed manual, while the mid-range BlueHDi 100 comes with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
To recap, our Malaysian-market pre-facelift 2008 currently retails at RM116k. It’s only offered with a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder producing 120 hp, and the engine is mated to a four-speed automatic. Meanwhile, the Renault’s Captur offers 118 hp from its turbocharged 1.2-litre four-cylinder mill and it only costs RM1k dearer.