Peugeot adds new diesel to 3008 range

The HDi FAP Automatic powertrain will deliver 163bhp when it is released in June this year. The engine will be the most powerful engine in the Peugeot 3008 crossover line-up and will be available for the Sport and Exclusive trim levels.

Described by Peugeot as a ‘major development’ of the old 2.0-litre 136 engine, engineers have redesigned most of the components such as the cylinder head, intake, exhaust and internal engine parts.

The result is 163bhp and maximum torque of 340Nm. The automatic gearbox reduces emissions to bring the crossover in line with rivals at around the 173g/km mark.

The 3008 will be capable of automatic and active driving modes. Automatic is designed for quieter driving experience and active uses a sequential selection control for a more hands-on drive.

Peugeot claims the automatic gearbox is designed to improve the speed and quality of gear changes. This should lead to lower fuel consumption, and the figure of 42.80 is similar to a Nissan Qashqai with a 2.0-litre engine.

Peugeot were generally reluctant to mention rival cars at the launch of the 3008 crossover, but the new HDi engine falls in line with powertrains from the likes of the Volkswagen Touran and Ford Kuga.

Prices for the Peugeot 3008 crossover with HDi 163bhp engine start at £21,395 for the Sport model and £22,795 for the Exclusive trim.

The Exclusive adds panoramic glass roof, head up display, climate control, air conditioning and both interior and exterior packs to the standard Sport trim level.

The newest model in the Peugeot 3008 range will be available to buy in July 2010.