[Video] Peugeot decides to refresh the 2008 in time for official introduction at Geneva [gallery] image

The French automaker has taken the wraps off its facelifted 2008 crossover, tipped for the worldwide public debut during early March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The model adopts some evolutionary changes that will make it instantly recognizable, with the 2008 now packing a modified grille with the lion’s logo floating inside a multifaceted grid. The plastic body cladding remains but we see a revised bonnet and new taillights with a three dimensional appearance. The exterior changes also include a fresh color palette that now also adopts Emerald Crystal and Ultimate Red. The cabin has remained mostly unchanged and packs a 7-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system which now packs Apple CarPlay functionality. The crossovers are known for the practical side and the 2008 is no stranger to that – its cargo compartment can engulf up to 49.4 cubic feet of luggage. The automaker kept details under wraps with details to be released closer to launch – but we did get tipped the upscale versions will be packing leather upholstery and a panoramic glass sunroof with illuminated edging.

Also the carmaker has announced the introduction of a new 2008 GT Line trim that comes with a black chrome grille, gloss black accents, and unique 17-inch alloy wheels with a gloss black finish. The detailing includes aluminum pedals, red contrast stitching, and stainless steel sill plates with “Peugeot” badging inside the cabin. Under the hood little has been changed, with the 2008 available alongside the usual roster: 1.2-liter PureTech 82, a 1.2-liter PureTech 110 S&S, and a 1.2-liter PureTech 130 S&S. The diesel sector is covered by the 1.6-liter BlueHDi 75, 1.6-liter BlueHDi 100, 1.6-liter BlueHDi 100 S&S, and 1.6-liter BlueHDi 120 S&S.