The upcoming third-generation Peugeot 5008 is set to gain the option of electric power, in addition to internal combustion engines (ICEs).

    The brand’s flagship crossover has been spied testing in ICE guise ahead of an expected European launch in 2024.

    Wrapped in patterned details to camouflage any intricate design details, the prototype gives away its combustion power thanks to the barely visible exhaust pipe at the rear.

    The 5008 will likely be available with Peugeot’s new 48V mild-hybrid powertrain.

    This features a turbocharged 1.2-litre Miller cycle three-cylinder petrol engine with 101kW of power and 230Nm of torque, mated with a 21kW/55Nm electric motor.

    The company claims it will reduce emissions and fuel consumption by 15 per cent, with the vehicle able to run purely on electric power for low-speed operation.

    The 5008 is expected to use the new STLA Medium platform, which supports front- and all-wheel drive electric vehicles with a 400V architecture, total power outputs of between 160kW and 285kW, and batteries up to 98kWh.

    This allows for range of more than 700km.

    While it has a similarly boxy look to the outgoing model, it appears the design of the new 5008 has evolved slightly with a flatter roofline and more angular body panels.

    There’s also a more angular front fascia, with a similar grille and headlight design to the latest Peugeot products. The tail lights are also instantly recognisable as Peugeot units.

    From the looks of these spy photos, the new generation could also sit on a slightly longer wheelbase than the current model, which spans 2840mm and measures 4641mm long overall.

    A new interior, dubbed Panoramic i-Cockpit, is debuting in the next-generation 3008 and will proliferate throughout the lineup, including the 5008.

    In the upcoming 3008, the instrumentation display and infotainment touchscreen live in a 21.0-inch curved display area that’s angled towards the driver, but still accessible to the front-seat passenger.

    Peugeot in Europe has confirmed that, from this year, each model in its range will be available with one or more electrified powertrains.

    The brand has committed to having fully electric models available across the whole range by 2025, and to being an entirely EV brand by 2030, at least in Europe.

    Peugeot Australia axed its turbo-diesel SUV variants for the 2023 model year, meaning its entire passenger car and SUV range now uses either petrol or electrified powertrains.

    After rolling out plug-in hybrid versions of the 308, 3008 and 508, the company’s local arm is pivoting to rolling out EVs.

    The e-Partner small electric van arrived in mid-2023, which will be followed by the arrival of the e-2008 next month.

    An e-208 electric hatch is now in the final evaluation stages for the local market and could arrive before the end of the year.

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    Eilidh McNaughton is a Contributor at CarExpert.
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