Peugeot reveals technology rich new 3008 crossover
Peugeot is aiming for the core of the C-SUV segment with the new 3008 crossover, which goes on sale in the UK at the end of this year.Unveiled in Paris today, it targets a market which now accounts for 10% of European sales, and scales up the 308’s styling to a silhouette which is more obviously an SUV than its MPV-like predecessor. It faces established competition such as the Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan and resurgent Kia Sportage, as well as newcomers such as the Renault Kadjar and SEAT Ateca.
There’s a big focus on new technology inside, with the infotainment system including full Android and Apple smartphone streaming, TomTom live traffic information, and a suite of the latest driver assistance functions are available. The new 3008 also has a docking station to charge an electric bike in the boot.
Its platform is the same scalable architecture used in the 308, and selective use of materials means it’s around 100kg lighter than its equivalent predecessor. The increased wheelbase adds space inside, with all seats except the driver’s folding to accommodate loads up to three metres long. Boot capacity has grown by almost a quarter between generations.
Engines include 100 and 120bhp versions of the 1.6-litre BlueHDI diesel, and the 2.0-litre version with 150bhp or 180bhp, alongside 1.2 and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrols. Automatic gearboxes are offered on all except the BlueHDI 100, while the BlueHDI 120 offers CO2 emissions of 100g/km – equating to almost 75mpg and putting this among the most efficient in its class.
The new 3008 will get a full public reveal at the Paris Motor Show in September, and will be available to order in the UK from November ahead of January deliveries. Pricing and the range structure has not been announced yet.