Peugeot has announced the new 3008 SUV – and Perry’s motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, was in Paris for the 2017 model’s international reveal.
At just 4450mm in length, the new Peugeot 3008 SUV is one of the most compact models in its segment, offering greater passenger and luggage space over the outgoing model. With a longer wheelbase and an overall length which is just 80mm longer than the current model, interior space has greatly improved, most notably for rear occupants who now have an additional 24mm legroom, 4mm elbow room and 36mm headroom. Front elbow space has also increased by 17mm despite the width of the new model being identical to the outgoing version at 1840mm, and height being 19mm lower at 1620mm.
Luggage space has also improved in the new 3008 SUV. With a luggage capacity of 520L (under the luggage cover), this is almost 90L bigger than the previous generation. Like the previous version, owners can remove the luggage cover and fold the second row of seats flat; this results in a total luggage capacity of 1580 litres, one of the largest and most versatile load capacities in the segment.
To ensure owners and drivers can enjoy and exploit the full potential of their new 3008, the new model comes with the latest generation Peugeot i-Cockpit which includes sensory buttons. By simply pressing a dedicated key – next to the toggle buttons there is the opportunity to further enhance the driving experience: with i-Cockpit Amplify. In this way, all the senses are immediately aroused:
- Sight – by varying the intensity of ambient lighting and the colour screens
- Hearing – via the musical ambience settings
- Touch – via the multi-point massage embedded in the seats (with up to five programmes)
- Smell – via the aroma from the fragrance diffuser
The folding bench seat has a 2/3 – 1/3 ‘Magic Flat’ capability to optimise loading with a flat floor. The very original adaptable moving boot floor, initiated on the original 3008, has been evolved with two positions to allow the optimisation of boot space and removable side-panels that can be affixed to the side boot trim. For the carrying of long objects, the front passenger seat can be folded to allow a smaller width item of 3 metres to be carried (like skis) on all versions. This clever functionality can be further completed with a hands-free opening tailgate, allowing a simple gesture of the foot under the rear bumper to open or to close the motorised tailgate. In short, the ingenuity of the new Peugeot 3008 SUV allows many configurations.
The new Peugeot 3008 SUV responds to the driver’s need to stay connected while driving and the driver can navigate with confidence, due to facilities like MirrorScreen, induction Smartphone recharging (for equipment compatible with the Qi standard) and 3D connected navigation. The 3D navigation stretches realism even further by displaying images of buildings and monuments while taking into account the contours of the terrain. With the Mirror Screen function, a Smartphone screen can be reproduced on the touch-screen to make the best use of its applications. It is compatible with MirrorLink protocols (Android smartphones), Android Auto and Apple CarplayTM (iPhone 5 onwards).
For the first time in history, a technology from French acoustics specialist FOCAL will be factory fitted to a production model. Recognised worldwide for its patented innovations and unique sonic sound, the 10 speaker system with exclusive FOCAL technology will bring a pure and defined sound to occupants. Included are mid-range woofers with Polyglass technology for balanced and clear sound and TNF tweeters with inverted aluminium dome technology for optimal sound output and clear high-pitched notes. A 200mm Power FlowerTM subwoofer features triple coil technology for clear and dynamic reproduction of low frequencies while an active 12-channel amplifier delivers 515 watts of rich sounds, fine high frequencies and genuinely powerful bass notes.
In a context where access to city centres is increasingly constrained, Peugeot is positioned as a provider of innovative solutions for mobility issues today. It is still the only brand developing vehicles with two, three or four wheels and for the launch of the new 3008 SUV can offer its customers a new range of individual mobility solutions: a folding scooter with an electric assist (e-Kick) and a folding bike with electric assistance (e-Bike). This unique offering is designed for customers seeking additional mobility solutions to and from their vehicle to help them easily make the latter stages of their journeys to their final destination. The daily life of a city dweller is transformed with the potential for much less stress, and possibly a bit of fun too.
Technology has done more than just improve the driver and passenger experience and enjoyment; it has also improved safety with the next generation of safety systems and state-of-the-art driver aids. Available on the new 3008 is Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert, a distance alert function (risk of collision warning) with automatic emergency braking (to avoid a collision or to limit the severity by reducing vehicle speed) and Active Involuntary Crossing Line, a lane departure alert for safer driving with visual and audible warnings and active vehicle control. The new model also has the Driver Alert Warning function; with constant analysis of vehicle trajectory against road markings, it can then trigger several levels of audible and visual alerts and remind drivers to take a break after two hours of continuous driving and at a speed greater than 40mph.
The new Peugeot 3008 SUV comes with a range of fuel-efficient Euro6.1 petrol and diesel engines. Four petrol models are available, including the 1.2L PureTech 130 Stop&Start (S&S) with CO2 emission of just 115g/km:
- 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual (6SMT)
- 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual (6SMT) optimised low fuel consumption models
- 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed Automatic (EAT6)
- 1.6L THP 165 S&S 6-speed Automatic (EAT6)
Customers also have a choice of five diesel engine options, with BlueHDi technology capable of reducing emissions to just 100g/km:
- 1.6L BlueHDi 100 S&S 5-speed Manual (BVM5)
- 1.6L BlueHDi 120 S&S 6-speed Manual (BVM6 – for normal and low consumption versions)
- 1.6L BlueHDi 120 S&S 6-speed Automatic (EAT6)
- 2.0L BlueHDi 150 S&S 6-speed Manual (BVM6)
- 2.0L BlueHDi 180 S&S 6-speed Automatic (EAT6)
The new Peugeot 3008 SUV will be officially revealed at the Paris Motor Show 2016 in September where pricing and specifications will be announced. The 3008 will be available to order in the UK from November with first deliveries due in January 2017.