The new Peugeot 5008 is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2019, but we’ve managed to unearth the structure of the local range as well as standard specifications a little early.

While the all-important question of pricing has yet to be answered, we now know seven-seater 5008 will be available locally in three familiar trim levels: Active, Allure and GT-Line.

All three models will be powered by Peugeot’s 2,0-litre turbodiesel engine, which sends its 110 kW (at 4 000 r/min) and 370 N.m (at 2 000 r/min) exclusively to the front axle. The base Active derivative employs a six-speed manual gearbox, while the mid-spec Allure and flagship GT-Line both use an automatic transmission with the same number of cogs.

Peugeot claims all three sip at an average of 4,8 L/100 km, with the manual model reaching three figures from standstill in a claimed 9,6 seconds (and the self-shifters interestingly taking a full 1,3 seconds longer).

The seven-seater SUV boasts a second row comprising three (separately folding and tilting) perches and a third row with two removable pews. This adjustability results in luggage space that Peugeot says can be varied from 780 to 1 080 litres.

The 5008 2,0 HDi Active will come standard with 17-inch alloys, tyre-pressure monitoring, roof rails, automatic headlamps, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, bi-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, cruise control, lane-departure warning, rear parking sensors, an eight-inch touchscreen and six airbags.

In the middle of the line-up, you’ll find the 5008 2,0 HDi Allure Auto, which adds 18-inch alloys, keyless entry, folding side-mirrors (with puddle-lamps), hands-free tailgate operation, lumbar adjustment for the front seats, front parking sensors and a mirroring function for the infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay).

The range-topping 5008 2,0 HDi GT-Line Auto, meanwhile, gains 19-inch alloys, full-LED headlamps, LED front foglamps (with a cornering function), a “Lion” puddle-lamp projection, a black diamond roof, wireless smartphone charging, Nappa leather upholstery, a start/stop button, a 180-degree parking camera, a voice-recognition function and satellite navigation.

Options for the flagship include the French brand's so-called “Advanced Grip Control”, a panoramic sunroof, autonomous emergency braking, front collision warning, active blind-spot detection and hill-start assist.

Expect a three-year/100 000 km warranty to come standard, along with a four-year/60 000 km service plan. Keep an eye on our news pages for pricing...