Nasim and Peugeot enter 2018 with a strong surge in sales. Peugeot vehicle sales in Q1 2018 registered 651 units, a 59 per cent increase versus the same period last year. This year’s strong performance can be attributed by the encouraging response to the all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV launched last September. Naza Group and PSA Group have even decided to start a local-assembly program for the popular SUV, schedule for deliveries later this year together with plans for export to ASEAN region.
The launch of the all-new Peugeot 5008 (pronounced five thousand and eight) completes the French marque’s line-up of SUVs in Malaysia, which now consist of three models, with the 2008 being the entry model.
Speaking at the launch event, Dato' Samson Anand George, Group CEO, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn. Bhd said, "The all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV is engineered with the best features and on-board experience from the French marque, in a spacious and luxurious design. We are confident the arrival of this new model will be the catalyst to ensure that Nasim's sales target of 3,600 units in 2018 is achieved."
Prices and Variants
The France-imported new Peugeot 5008 SUV comes in a single ‘Allure’ variant and is priced from RM173,888 (on-the-road without insurance).
The highlights of the already-very-beautiful interior are the second and third row seats. The second row offers three individual seats, each with its own sliding and reclining mechanism that also allows flat-folding ability. The three seats are the same width too, ending the argument among occupants of who ends up at the uncomfortable middle seat.
The third row of seats are also designed to be individual seats. These two seats, each weighing 11 kg, can be removed for additional luggage space, or transportation of larger items. They also fold into the floor, providing low and flat floor for the luggage area.
In five seat configuration, the luggage volume is 1,060 litres, while folding the second row seats flat increases to a whopping 2,032 litres.
The front passenger seat is also able to fold almost flat, in which, allows the cabin to carry items up to 3.2 meters long.
Engine and Transmission
Similar to its smaller sibling, the new Peugeot 5008 SUV is powered by the marque’s 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which deliver outputs of 167 PS and 240 Nm, with peak torque from as low as 1,400 rpm. Paired with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission that drive the front wheels, the performance figures are respectable, century dash is completed in 9.2 seconds and return a fuel efficiency of 7.3-litres/100km on the combined cycle.
The 5008 SUV comes tremendously well equipped. Apart from the special second and third row seats that was mentioned earlier, the new Peugeot 5008 SUV comes with:
- Full LED Front lighting (head lamps, fog lamps, sequential indicators)
- 18-inch wheels with 225/55R18 tyres
- Acoustic windshield glass
- Powered tail gate with hands-free feature
- 12.3-inch digital multi info. display
- 8-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
- Reverse camera
- Power adjustable driver’s seat with memory
- Retractable sunblinds on rear doors
- Advanced Grip Control with 5 terrain-modes (Sand, Mud, Snow, ESP Off and Normal)
- Lane departure warning
- Driver attention warning
- 6 airbags, ESP with Hill Descent Control
With the 5008 SUV designed as a 7-seater, we will limit the competitor models to only those with 7 seats. This includes the segment-leading Nissan X-Trail 2.5 AWD (RM159,200), Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 AWD (RM154,988), Kia Sorento 2.4 AWD (RM164,101) and the soon-to-be-replaced Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4 (RM167,788).
The Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X are also within the same price range but they have a more off-road approach to the product attributes and thus different driving experience (ladder frame, non-independent rear axle suspension, higher ground clearance)
The Peugeot 5008 is also the only model with a down-sized turbocharged petrol engine among the pool of 7-seat SUV models.
All new Peugeot vehicles are covered by a five-year / 120,000km manufacturer-backed warranty. These come on top of existing benefits that include three years 24-hour Roadside Assistance, access to the Peugeot Lounge at SkyPark terminal in Subang, and Peugeot Privilege membership.