Peugeot are all set to tackle the small SUV/crossover segment of the market. The market is currently dominated by the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar. The full debut of the Peugeot 3008 will be in its home country at the Paris Motor Show 2016.
The designers over at Peugeot have focused on bringing more interior space to the new 3008 with a longer wheelbase, this reaps rewards in the form of extra legroom for the rear occupants.
The overall length is just 80mm longer than the previous model. An extra 4mm of elbow room and 36mm of headroom also added to the rear passenger cabin. In the front there is an additional 17mm of elbow space despite the width of the car remaining the same at 1840mm. The headroom increases with a reduction in the overall height, 19mm lower at 1620mm.
The total luggage capacity has also been improved with a total boot space of 520L (under the retractable cover) a 90L gain over the previous model. Also, like the outgoing 3008 the cover can be removed and the second row seats folded flat to receive a total of 1580L of space, that makes it one of the largest and most versatile vehicle in its class.
Despite all the improvements to the extra space inside the car for the occupants and luggage space, the engineers at Peugeot have been working hard to reduce the weight by up to 100kg over the current model.
They have achieved this through intelligent use of plastics for the rear tailgate and taking advantage of aluminium for the front wings, suspension components and rear seat frames. Lightweight strength and the ability to absorb vibrations, makes aluminium a very popular choice for manufacturers.
The engine range includes two petrol variants, a 1.2-litre PureTech that can output 128bhp in manual and automatic. The other is a 1.6-litre automatic only producing 163bhp.
Diesel comes in both 1.6-litre, 2.0-litre, manual and automatic with two different power options for both. The 1.6-litre Blue HDi comes in 99bhp and 118bhp and the 2.0L Blue HDi has power outputs of 148bhp and an astonishing 178bhp.
Plans for a plug in hybrid option are already in the works and will likely arrive in 2019 with maybe a full electric model coming after that.
The usual modern day line up of safety options will be available including a 360 view parking camera, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition, driver attention alert, automatic high beam headlights, automatic city braking and a driver attention alert.
Order books will open in October this year shortly after the reveal in Paris, so expect deliveries to begin January 2017 onwards. There is currently no word on UK pricing but we wouldn’t be far off with a £20,000 price tag, which lands it straight into the competition with the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar.