Wheels & Deals: Latest news on Peugeot 2008, Renault Koleos, BMW hybrids and Audi eco plans

Inside motor industry news, including the releases of Peugeot 2008, Renault Koleos, BMW mild hybrids and Audi eco plans

Wheels & Deals: Latest news on Peugeot 2008, Renault Koleos, BMW hybrids and Audi eco plans

New Peugeot 2008

Order books for the all-new Peugeot 2008 SUV have been opened with pricing announced for diesel and petrol models.

Diesel units arrived in dealership forecourts this month, with petrol powertrains due in March. The new model will retail from €23,900 plus delivery charges for the Active 1.2 PureTech petrol 100 bhp model and from €25,900 plus delivery for the Active 1.5 BlueHDi 100 bhp model, these new models will undoubtedly provide a further sales boost for the increasingly popular Peugeot line-up.

And, incidentally, the full electric e-2008 SUV pricing will be announced closer to its launch in April.

According to Des Cannon, managing director at Gowan Distributors, the new 2008 SUV has real road presence and he has full confidence it will gain new custom, even in its very competitive B SUV segment.

Sporting a striking, robust front face and strong lighting signature, the new 2008 SUV is longer and wider than its predecessor model.

The 2008 SUV is available with a choice of four PureTech petrol engines to include a 1.2 PureTech 100bhp 6-speed manual; a 1.2 PureTech 130bhp 6-speed manual; a 1.2 PureTech 130bhp 8-speed automatic and a 1.2 PureTech 155bhp 8-speed automatic.

The diesel offering is a 1.5 BlueHDi 100bhp 6-speed manual. The all-new PEUGEOT e-2008 SUV, the brand’s first fully electric SUV, is powered by a 50kWh battery and 136hp motor to provide a range up to 310kms from a full charge, under WLTP testing.

Standard specification across the range, from Active trim, includes 16” alloy wheels, air conditioning, 6 airbags, ESP with Hill Start Assist, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, eco LED headlights, front fog lamps, rear full LED 3D claw-effect lights, Programmable Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition, automatic headlights and wipers, two ISOFIX child seat fittings and child locking on rear doors.

Peugeot’s trademark i-Cockpit, featuring a compact multi-function steering wheel, heads up instrument panel and touchscreen is also in place, while Bluetooth, Mirror Screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also standard across all versions.

The Allure trim, from €25,850 plus delivery related charges, gains the latest-generation 3D i-Cockpit with a configurable 3D instrument panel display, 17” alloy wheels, central front armrest, electric/heated/power folding door mirrors, front parking sensors, an electro-chrome rear view mirror, privacy glass, automatic climate control, passenger seat height adjustment, electric parking brake, modular boot (two position boot floor) and roof bars.

The GT Line version, from €28,380 plus delivery, gains heated front seats, a 10” touchscreen with satellite navigation, dark chrome chequered grille, twin chrome exhaust, a black diamond roof and rear spoiler, a choice of eight LED mood lighting colours, full LED headlamps with Smartbeam Assist, LED front fog lamps with cornering function, LED daytime running lights with 3-claw headlight, frameless interior rear view mirror and Active Safety Brake.

The top of the range GT trim, from €34,950 plus delivery, adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Positioning Assist, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, smartphone charging plate, Alcantara upholstery, 18” alloy wheels and Peugeot Open & Go Hands Free Access.

New Renault Koleos

Renault Ireland has announced pricing and specifications for the new Koleos, the second phase of its flagship model, which is available now at Renault’s 27 Irish dealerships from €40,990 RRP.

According to Renault, the new Koleos retains the unmistakable space, comfort, styling, and long-distance refinement of the phase one model, first launched here in summer 2017, while also offering customers a reduced purchase price and more luxurious equipment than ever before.

New Koleos features a number of changes to its exterior styling, what with a new front bumper and full-length lateral satin chrome elements which emphasise the width of the car, while new chrome trims on the sides and new rear bumper give a cleaner look.

The bigger changes are under the skin, in the form of two new engines — 2WD versions gain a new, 1.7 dCi 150 engine while the new 2.0 dCi 190 engine in 4WD versions offers a higher power output than its predecessor.

Both engines enjoy a significant improvement in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption compared to the outgoing dCi 175 version, and owners benefit from a reduction in motor tax from €570 to €390. As before, all versions of Koleos come with a CVT automatic gearbox as standard.

The already generous equipment levels have been improved on the new car with two trims — Iconic and GT Line. Iconic gains some of Renault’s “Easy Life” features in the form of hands-free parking, two-stage reclining rear seats and full LED headlights. Iconic versions also offer 7” touch screen with navigation, rear parking cameras, and blind spot and lane departure warning.

GT Line versions enjoy additions of an 8.7” touch screen and 19” two-tone alloys.

New Koleos is available now from €40,990 with a 201 offer of €3,500 Guaranteed Savings with finance from Renault Bank.

BMW mild hybrids

BMW has introduced a new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain to its X5 and X6, dubbed ‘40d’.

It’s made up of a 3.0-litre straight-six engine linked up to a 48-volt electric motor, with drive sent to all wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

As a result, these new SUV variants boast 335bhp and 700Nm of torque, leading to a 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds for both cars.

In terms of efficiency, the X5 40d is said to be capable of up to 47.9mpg with emissions as low as 154g/km depending on trim, while the X6 40d has a claimed 48.7mpg and 153g/km return.

Its 48-volt motor doesn’t allow for electric-only driving in the way a conventional hybrid does, rather this ‘mild’ system works to shut the engine off earlier when coming to a stop in a bid to cut idle emissions and fuel consumption.

Pricing, specifications and availability of the X5 and X6 40d variants have yet to be confirmed but a 2020 Geneva Motor Show appearance for the pair next month is very possible. If that happens, expect to hear more on their arrival then.

Audi powertrains

Audi Sport says the firm will remain committed to combustion engines and hybrids, despite the growing move against diesel.

Oliver Hoffmann, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH, said that the firm will have “the right answer for every market”, depending on which countries require which powertrain option.

“It’s more or less a question of the market. If we have regulations to meet and some markets where the combustion engine will be forbidden, then we will go on with fully electric cars,” said Hoffman, adding “but my opinion is that we will go on with plug-in hybrid vehicles in the future”.

Audi Sport is due to reveal its production-ready, all-electric

e-tron GT performance car, following the concept’s unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018. The performance arm has also worked to electrify much of its line-up, with mild-hybrid systems featuring on cars such as the new RS 6, RS 7 and RS Q8.

The lineup is only set to expand further, with Hoffmann adding: “We’ll have a wide range, starting with combustion engines up to fully electric cars and everything in between.”

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