Peugeot previews all-new 3008 – and it’s coming to SA
Peugeot’s current 3008 always was a highly competent and generally underrated crossover, with a real appetite for tackling roads and conditions less travelled. Now, the French brand has unveiled an all-new, next-generation 3008 that’s clearly made the jump from crossover to full-blooded SUV.
The new shape appears purposeful and muscular, with the powerful haunches and raised stance creating a look that’s more rugged, and more typical of the SUV genre. However, smoothly integrated roof rails, generous alloys and brightwork accents also suggest that the new 3008 won’t look out of place in more urban surroundings.
The interior is futuristic, drawing some of its inspiration from the latest 308 hatchback, but adding an all-electronic instrument cluster that employs a full-colour TFT display rather than conventional gauges.
It’s partnered by a tablet-like touchscreen display in the centre console, which drives the car’s infotainment system. In line with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit cabin design approach, the ergonomics continue to favour a smaller multifunction steering wheel that allows an unobstructed view of the instrument cluster above it.
Under the sheet metal, the new 3008 uses the same EMP2 platform as the 308, suggesting both a lightweight construction and high rigidity in the interests of enhanced road manners and on-road refinement.
Engine options will vary according to market, but include 1,2-litre and 1,6-litre high-pressure turbo petrol engines, as well as 1,6-litre and 2,0-litre BlueHDi turbodiesel mills, linked to a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmissions.
All-wheel drive does not appear to be an option at this stage, but the 3008 uses an enhanced traction control system with five modes – normal, snow, mud, sand and ESP off – to cope with milder off-road challenges. This is a further development of the system employed on the current 3008.
In addition, the new 3008 is expected to offer a raft of active and passive safety systems, including adaptive cruise control, active blind spot monitoring, active safety brake and distance alert, active lane departure warning, and driver attention warning.
The new Peugeot 3008 has been confirmed for SA release, and is expected to arrive in local showrooms by mid-2017. Pricing will be key to the newcomer’s success, so expect a keen price tag and comprehensive standard equipment.