Peugeot South Africa revealed two all-new models – its all-new compact crossover, 2008, and the exciting, high-performance RCZ-R coupé – and displayed its entire local line-up at the Johannesburg International Motor Show this week.
New Peugeot 2008
2008 was launched in Europe earlier this year, where CAR associate editor Ian McLaren experienced the car first-hand. This is a compact urban crossover that combines a spacious vehicle with the raised stance and robust character of an SUV. The styling details are an interpretation of the latest Peugeot design language as introduced by the 208.
A two-tier instrument panel and small steering wheel, a design feature of all new-generation Peugeots, is also incorporated into the 2008’s interior execution, while a touch screen provides an interface for the infotainment system.
The 2008 will be offered with a range of efficient petrol and diesel powertrains, combined with a choice of transmissions.
Peugeot RCZ is the most striking model in Peugeot’s line-up. And now there is a new range-leader in the form of the RCZ-R .
The 1,6-litre turbocharged four pot has been revised to crank out maximum output of 199 kW, while torque output peaks at 330 N.m. Power is applied to the tar by a limited slip differential. Peugeot’s claims a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 5,9 sec and a top speed limited to 250 km/h.
The RCZ-R looks has a lowered stance, special 19-inch alloy wheels, a large, fixed rear wing, and a revised rear diffuser. Bigger brakes and uprated callipers ensure that the stopping power matches the coupé’s urge.
The cockpit features a racier execution, with new, lightweight bucket seats trimmed in a mix of Nappa leather and Alcantara, with stitching in contrasting red.
The RCZ-R will be offered for sale in South Africa in limited numbers from the first half of next year.