Friday 2 December 2016

Revealed: How Peugeot has beefed up new 3008 so it can compete as a compact SUV

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

High hopes: the new Peugeot 3008
High hopes: the new Peugeot 3008
The Peugeot 3008 comes with a range of interior information lay-outs.

Peugeot has high hopes for the new 3008 unveiled this week. And expect it to give the company a strong foothold in the all-important mid-size SUV market.

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The new motor is due in Ireland by year's end - in time for 171 sales. Unlike its predecessor which couldn't quite decide if it was an SUV or MPV, this second-generation model is unapologetically targeting SUV buyers.

Built on the same platform as the 308, the 3008 is now lower but longer by 8cm. Bigger wheels, body mouldings around the wheel arches, bottom of doors and bumpers, and a long flat bonnet are all signature SUV styling elements.

Significant too is a ground clearance of 22cm, some 6cm higher than before. No all-wheel drive version is planned; instead the 3008 comes with the Advanced Grip Control traction system deployed from a centre console knob.

Combined with a new Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC) function, it gives the 3008 a decent modicum of off-road capability

Engine options are largely carried over from the current 3008 and include a 130bhp 1.2 PureTech and 165bhp 1.6 THP petrol (115g/km, 129g/km respectively). There are 1.6-litre 100bhp and 120bhp diesels as well as 150bhp and 180bhp 2.0 BlueHDi models. All have stop-start technology; there's a choice of 6spd manual or automatic.

They are making a big deal about the interior which heralds the second-generation i-Cockpit as standard. The all-digital display allows you to toggle between a range of information layouts.

An 8ins touchscreen gives access to the main controls while other neat features include the trademark small steering wheel, now with two flat areas, below which reside six stylish looking piano-key toggle switches.

There are options for changing the ambient lighting, you can avail of massage seats, and a fragrance diffuser keeps things smelling fresh.

The boot is much more spacious - now with up to 1,580 litres (seats folded) an increase of more than 900 litres on the old one.

Something that might appeal to urban users: you can get an 'electrically assisted' folding scooter (e-Kick) and bicycle (e-Bike) with in-boot docking stations to re-charge them while the car is running.

Prices for the 3008 won't be revealed until nearer launch but they say it is a step up-market so expect an increase. The current starting price is €23,395 for the 1.2 litre Access.

In a market where style and image are key, first impressions suggest the new 3008 has what it takes.

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