As promised by its distributor Astara, the Peugeot e-2008 has been revealed at the 2023 Manila International Auto Show. This, however, is just a preview and not a public launch. The French automaker is still testing the waters on when and whether it should be sold in the Philippines.
From the outside, the Peugeot e-2008 doesn’t look too different from the standard 2008. Its grille looks similar but is now mostly enclosed since it doesn’t need to cool an internal combustion engine (ICE). The rest of the design details remain unchanged, save for the different alloy wheels, and of course the obligatory e-2008 badging. Oh, and the fuel filler cap has been replaced by a charging port, for obvious reasons.
Likewise, the interior of the e-2008 is similar to the standard ICE model. It still comes with the holographic-style digital gauges called the 3D i-Cockpit, along with the high dash design that gives occupants a cocooned feel. Lastly, the toggle switches and 7-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto remain the same. What only differs from the standard 2008 is this electric model’s toggle-style electronic gear shifter.
Of course, what you’re probably interested in is its drivetrain. Local specs have not yet been revealed, but globally, the Peugeot e-2008 uses a 50 kWh battery, driving a front-mounted electric motor that delivers 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque. This is good enough for a range of up to 380 km.
Astara has not given any timelines yet on when the Peugeot e-2008 will be launched in the Philippines, but if given enough interest from the public, they might bring it sooner than later–especially when the facelifted 2008 comes out this year.