Peugeot reveals two new models
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 past 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 199kW, while torque output peaks at 330Nm. Power is applied to the tar by a limited slip differential. Peugeot’s claims a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.9sec and a top speed limited to 250km/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. – CAR
A particular highlight, although it’s quite a small item, is that Golf7 finally ushers itself into the full digital convergence by having, wait for it … an USB port. Yes, no more SD-card-only awfulness, you can finally charge your phone and power a SATNav in-car. If God truly is in the details, Golf7 is anointed. Entry level is R233 800 for the 1.2 TSI, topping-out at R334 800 for the 2.0 TDi in 110kW trim.
Obviously all this sophistication does not come cheap, but it very much is the hatchback to have. With Golf7 being this good, expectations for a religious experience whilst driving the GTi and R derivatives are very high. – Top Gear SA