Peugeot South Africa has confirmed that the latest seven-seater 5008 will debut on the local market later this year in turbodiesel guise.

The seven-seater model (which has in this latest generation – revealed as long ago as September 2016 – morphed from a people-carrier to something more akin to an SUV) is due to launch in South Africa in the fourth quarter of 2018, slotting in at the very top of the French brand's local range, above the 3008.

According to Peugeot SA, the 5008 will arrive in 2,0 HDI form, fitted with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. This oil-burner churns out 110 kW and 370 N.m, and is likely to be offered in front-wheel-drive form only.

Petrol models are offered in overseas markets, but it’s not yet clear whether these will make it to local shores. Expect Active and Allure trim levels to be offered in South Africa, with a flagship GT Line derivative also on the cards.

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.

Pricing, of course, has yet to be announced…