The Peugeot 2008 is getting a facelift that will bring the brand’s new logo and upgraded powertrains.

Our spy photographers captured a few examples of the updated small SUV, including an early prototype that didn’t feature any changes up front.

The front end is expected to receive an update taking inspiration from the Peugeot 308, with changes expected for the front bumper, grille and headlights.

Down back, an update to the rear tail light design can be seen through the camouflage.

The updated 2008 will receive the brand’s new mild-hybrid powertrain, which features a PureTech turbocharged 1.2-litre Miller cycle three-cylinder petrol engine that provides 101kW of power and 230Nm of torque.

It’s paired with an electric motor with peak power of 21kW and torque of 55Nm, which is recharged by the combustion engine during deceleration.

The electric motor will be able to provide an extra 9kW of power to the engine under full acceleration.

The motor, inverter, and ECU are all housed in the electrified six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The 48V lithium-ion battery is installed under the front left seat.

Peugeot says there is completely electric driving capacity, albeit only to “start, manoeuvre and drive at low speed in heavy traffic”, which Peugeot says still accounts for more than 50 per cent of urban driving.

In everyday driving the combustion and electric motors can run in tandem. During strong acceleration, for example, the electric motor can provide additional torque to the petrol engine at low revs.

The system also allows the car to coast with the petrol engine off.

The e-2008 could also receive the updated, related e-208’s new, more efficient 51kWh battery and 115kW/260Nm electric motor, up 15kW on the outgoing powertrain.

There are only subtle design changes between the current combustion- and electric-powered models.

The e-2008 is expected to see an Australian debut following the government approving it for sale this year, with a Peugeot spokesperson confirming “final evaluations are underway” for the model.

The e-Partner will be the first EV locally, with Peugeot Australia managing director Kate Gillis hinting to CarExpert late last year the e-208 and e-2008 are likely to be the next two cabs off the rank after the van.

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Jade Credentino

Jade Credentino is an automotive journalist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Jade has had a chance to review a variety of vehicles and particularly enjoys SUVs. She enjoys traveling and going on road trips exploring Australia.

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