This year’s edition of the Swiss event has just started and the French automaker has officialy introduced in front of the worldwide audience the refreshed 2008 crossover.
The model is very successful – well that can be said about pretty much every small crossover and the European market – but the 2008 is actually battling at the top end of the segment with the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke for supremacy. Since we’re dealing with a model that is still popular, the facelift is just here because the years have passed and not because there’s something wrong with the model and needs to be addressed. As such it looks instantly recognizable and we found on the Geneva floor it has a changed grille with a lion emblem that is now standing on a multifaceted grid. The plastic body cladding remains, but we also saw a fresh take on the hood, as well as new taillights with a 3D design. The exterior changes have been rounded by the introduction of new body hues – Emerald Crystal and Ultimate Red.
The interior is mostly the same and features an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and Apple Carplay functionality. The crossovers are known for versatility and the 2008 comes to the party with a cargo compartment able to hold up to 49.4 cubic feet of luggage. The top of the line trims include leather upholstery and a panoramic glass sunroof -and there’s also available a new 2008 GT Line version that adds black chrome grille, gloss black accents, and bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black finish. Under the hood the same powertrains as before are present: 1.2-liter PureTech 82, 1.2-liter PureTech 110 S&S, and a 1.2-liter PureTech 130 S&S on the petrol side and 1.6-liter BlueHDi 75, 1.6-liter BlueHDi 100, 1.6-liter BlueHDi 100 S&S, and a 1.6-liter BlueHDi 120 S&S on the diesel front.