It’s not the first time our spies catch Peugeot during testing of a weird-looking jacked up 208 hatchback which itself is an early mule of the French company’s upcoming baby SUV.
Our first encounter with Peugeot’s mule dates back in August 2017 and the test car itself appears to have done little progress since then, at least on the outside.
The upcoming baby SUV -unofficially called ‘1008’- is still dressed with the 208 bodywork, which has been modified to accommodate the model’s longer wheelbase. As before, a set of plastic fender flares are still present, doing their part to hide the wider tracks.
The new Peugeot 1008 will sit underneath SUV models like the 2008 and 3008, expanding the French carmaker’s offerings in a segment that keeps on getting more popular by the day. It will most likely be based on PSA’s CMP architecture (Common Modular Platform), which will underpin all future models of the French company’s entry-level lineup.
With PSA already having announced that all of its new models from 2019 onwards will feature either a fully electric or a hybrid powertrain, expect the new small SUV to offer at least one electrified derivative, in addition to a range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines.
We still can’t tell for sure when Peugeot is planning on revealing the smallest member of its SUV fleet, but judging from their continuous testing of the specific mule, we would wait for a launch probably in 2020.