A bold reinterpretation of the previous MPV-like crossover, now with an SUV appearance

Introduced in 2008 as a compact crossover with MPV-like styling, the Peugeot 3008 has just received a major makeover for the 2017 model year. The new exterior design and the revamped interior aren’t the only major changes for the nameplate. The 3008 also ditched PSA’s PF2 platform in favor of the more recent EMP2 architecture. The new underpinnings, which cost PSA roughly $708 million to develop, have already been launched in the new 308 and 408 models. More importantly, the 3008 has been moved into a new segment, being restyled into a compact SUV.

Set to compete against the Nissan Qashqai and the likes, the new 3008 features a bold exterior design crafted around the company’s new styling language. The overhauled interior adopted the i-Cockpit technology and offers more room than ever before and a bunch of state-of-the-art gadgets. As with most Peugeots, the new 3008 comes with a plethora of gasoline and diesel engines covering both highly efficient and sporty needs. The mini SUV also features a standard Focal sound system, a first for the auto industry, and an array of fancy features you wouldn’t normally expect in this segment. But more about that in the full review below.

The new 3008 will make its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October and will go on sale in the United Kingdom starting in November, with first deliveries due in January 2017. The crossover will be sold in other markets as well, but not in the United States, where Peugeot has yet to return.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Peugeot 3008.

Exterior

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Recently unveiled new-generation or facelifted Peugeots are quite different from the models they replaced in terms of styling, and the 3008 is no exception. However, while other models are still recognizable compared to their predecessors, the second-gen 3008 has nothing in common with the previous model due to the fact that its styling is radically different, and its body has been redesigned for a different segment. No longer an MPV-styled vehicle, the 3008 now looks like a proper crossover and has a more rugged appearance. The pronounced beltline, the high-mounted front grille, and the chrome cladding on the lower fenders and side skirts give the 3008 an SUV-like stance.

The new 3008 is a massive departure from its forerunner in just about every aspect and its bold styling sets it apart from other offerings on the market.

On the other hand, the vehicle is a lot more stylish too, thanks to the blacked-out roof pillars, slender headlamps, and the full-length taillights with the claw-shaped clusters. Just like the smaller 2008 crossover and the 308 Sedan, the 3008 also adopted the new front grille with "Peugeot" lettering on the upper frame and the lion badge in the middle. It also feature the horizontal chrome inserts that give it a more distinct and premium appearance. Other novelties include newly-designed wheels in 17-, 18-, and 19-inch sizes, all wrapped in Ultra Low Rolling Resistance (ULRR) tires for enhanced ride and efficiency.

Styling and equipment changes aside, the new 3008 is longer than its predecessor. The crossover gained an extra 80 mm (3.15 inches) in its wheelbase, taking the total length to 4,450 mm (175.2 inches). The vehicle is also 100 kg (220 pounds) lighter thanks to the new platform and lighter body parts. The tailgate is made of thermoplastic, while the fenders are aluminum.

All told, the new 3008 is a massive departure from its forerunner in just about every aspect and its bold styling sets it apart from other offerings on the market.

Interior

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Much like the exterior, the interior has been redesigned from the ground up. Gone are the round speedometer, rev counter and the cluttered center stack, replaced by an eight-inch instrument cluster display with multiple personalization options and a clean console with just a handful of buttons. The latter was possible due to the massive 12.3-inch touchscreen that comes with the i-Cockpit system, which incorporates most of the features that were activated via buttons and switches on the previous model. The dashboard was also redesigned and sports a new two-tier layout that extends into the door panels. The flat-bottom and flat-top steering wheel is also new, while the front seats feature enhanced bolstering, giving the cabin a sportier feel.

The longer wheelbase means that interior space has been greatly improved. Rear-seat occupants now have an additional 24 mm (0.95 inches) of legroom, 4 mm (0.15 inches) elbow room, and 36 mm (1.4 inches) headroom. Front elbow space has also increased by 17 mm (0.67 inches), despite the width of the new model being identical to the outgoing version and height being 19 mm lower (0.75 inches). Luggage space has also improved in the new crossover, with 18.3 cubic feet available under the luggage cover, which accounts for a 3.18-cubic-foott enhancement. Remove the luggage cover and fold the second row of seats flat and luggage space increases to an impressive 55.8 cubic feet.

The 3008 is the first-even vehicle to feature a standard sound system from French acoustics specialist Focal.

Moving over to tech and features, the i-Cockpit has been updated to include sensory buttons. Dubbed i-Cockpit Amplify, it is activated by pressing a dedicated key and gives access to four additional controls. "Sight" allows the driver to change the intensity of ambient lighting and the color screen, "Hearing" provides access to the sound system, "Touch" changes the setting of the massage function of the seats, while "Smell" activates the car’s fragrance diffuser. The latter comes with three fragrances from renowned perfumer Scentys and Antoine Lie: "Cosmic Leather," "Aerodrive," and "Harmony Wood." Fragrance diffusion is adjustable, with three levels of intensity.

Connectivity features include MirrorScreen, induction smartphone recharging, and 3D navigation. The latter displays images of building and monuments and it can be displayed on either the central touchscreen or the digital instrument cluster with a touch of a control knob on the steering wheel. It is equipped with TomTom Traffic for real-time visibility of events, weather, car-parks, and service stations.

The MirrorScreen function allows for a smartphone screen to be reproduced on the touchscreen for easier access to apps and it is compatible with MirrorLink, Android Auto, and Apple Carplay. It has a remote voice recognition function through the smartphone, allowing the driver to make calls, browse music, and read and send text messages without taking his eyes off the road.

Finally, the 3008 is the first-even vehicle to feature a standard sound system from French acoustics specialist Focal. It has 10 speakers, mid-range woofers with Polyglass technology, and TNF tweeters with inverted aluminum domes for optimal sound output. A 7.8-inch Power Flower subwoofer features triple coil technology, while an active 12-channel amplifier delivers 515 watts.

Folding Scooter and Bike

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Another interesting feature Peugeot introduced with the 3008 is the availability of either a folding scooter or folding bike. The former is made by Micro, the latter is developed by Peugeot, and both use electricity to move about. Created for customers seeking additional mobility solutions, both were designed to fit in the 3008’s trunk, where they are held in place by a bespoke dockstation and recharged while the vehicle is on the move. The two-wheeled means of transportation will enable drivers to move quicker through crowded city streets and reach areas where car access is prohibited (such as city centers).

Drivetrain

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As expected, the new 3008 received a range of small-displacement, fuel-efficient drivetrains. The gasoline range includes 1.2-liter three-cylinder and 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines, while diesel offerings include 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-bangers.

The standard model comes with a six-speed manual, but Peugeot also offers a six-speed automatic with the engine

The base gasoline model uses a 1.2-liter PureTech unit rated at 130 PS (128 horsepower). The standard model comes with a six-speed manual, but Peugeot also offers a six-speed automatic with the engine. Additionally, there’s a version with "optimized low fuel consumption," but no further details are available as of this writing. Equipped with a stop/start function, the three-pot emits 115 grams per km regardless of the configuration. The range-topping model gets its juice from a 1.6-liter THP with 165 PS (163 horsepower) on tap that sends power to the wheels through a six-speed automatic.

Moving over to diesels, the range begins with the 1.6-liter BlueHDi at 100 PS (99 horsepower) and a five-speed manual gearbox. Next inline is a 120-PS (118-horsepower) version of the same engine, offered with either a six-speed manual (also in low consumption variants) and a six-speed automatic. The larger 2.0-liter BlueHDi also comes in two flavors. There’s a 150-PS (148-horsepower) unit with a six-speed manual and a 180-PS (177-horsepower) model with a six-speed automatic.

Safety

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There’s isn’t much info to run by at this point and more details won’t be unveiled until the 3008’s debut at the Paris Motor Show, but Peugeot did say a few things about the crossover’s state-of-the-art driver aids. Buyers will benefit from available Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert and Active Involuntary Crossing Line, a lane departure alert. The new model also has Driver Alert Warning, which can then trigger audible and visual alerts and remind drivers to take a break after two hours of continuous driving at a speed greater than 65 km/h (40 mph). There’s also Automatic High Beam Assistance, Speed Sign Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, and Park Assist, which are standard on all trim levels. Finally, Visiopark 1 adds a 180-degree view camera on the tailgate and Visiopark 2 adds the device to the front bumper for a complete 360-degree exterior view displayed on the main touchscreen.

Prices

Given that the current 3008 retails from £20,045 (about $28,960) in the U.K., the redesigned version will most certainly fetch in excess of £23,000 (around $33,230). Range-topping models are likely to cost more than £30,000 (about $43,350)

Competition

Nissan Qashqai

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A big commercial success for Nissan since its launch in 2006, the Qashqai was redesigned for the 2014 model year, receiving a new exterior design, a more refined interior, and updated engines. In most markets, Nissan offers a range of four-cylinder powerplants including 1.2- and 1.6-liter gasoline units, as well as 1.5- and 1.6-liter diesel mills. Gasoline models come with up to 160 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, while those powered by oil burners benefit from up to 128 horses and 236 pound-feet of twist. U.K. pricing for the Qashqai starts from £18,265 (about $27,700) and goes up to £28,500 (around $43,200).

Read more about Nissan Qashqai here.

Kia Sportage

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Redesigned from the ground up for 2016, the Sportage is larger than ever and adopted Kia’s new styling language, as well as an interior packed with more up-market features, and a quieter, more refined ride. Three engines motivate the new Sportage. While the gasoline range includes a 1.6-liter unit rated at either 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet or 174 horses and 195 pound-feet, diesel models come with a choice of two powerplants. There’s a 1.7-liter mill with 113 horses and 207 pound-feet and a 2.0-liter unit generating 134 horsepower and 275 pound-feet or 182 horses and 295 pound-feet. Pricing starts from £17,465 (about $26,480) and goes up to £25,000 (around $37,900) for the range-topping version.

Read more about the Kia Sportage here.

Conclusion

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For many years, Peugeot has been on the boring side of the market. Some of its designs have been a bit outlandish recently, but unlike Citroen, they were far from spectacular. Having seen its new models, it’s safe to assume that Peugeot has decided to dare more in the styling department and the new 3008 comes to confirm that the brand is looking to reinvent its image. And, while the 2008 and 308 are far from spectacular, the 3008 is bold enough to draw more attention than the regular Peugeot. Its premium interior, state-of-the-art technology, and fuel efficient engines should enable it to make a significant impact on the compact crossover market and give the popular Nissan Qashqai a run for its money.

  • Leave it
    • Likely more expensive than competition
    • Tough segment

Spy Shots

January 20, 2016 - Peugeot 3008 caught testing during cold winter conditions

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Press Release

PEUGEOT is today announcing the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV, its most advanced compact SUV. It brings new technology and a unique driving experience to the popular C-segment SUV market and will be revealed later this year at the Paris Motor Show in September.

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Greater interior, passenger and luggage space

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.

Reduced weight, improved driving experiences

Despite the improvements in passenger and luggage capacities, the new model is, on average, 100kg lighter than the previous generation versions. This has been achieved though intelligent design and use of materials to provide improved efficiency, better fuel economy, increased performance, a more dynamic driving experience and class leading safety. Very High Strength Steel (VHSS) and Ultra High Strength Steel (UHSS) have been used in the vehicles construction, with a thermoplastic boot floor and tailgate and aluminium wings, front suspension arms and rear seat frames. More refined engines also allow for a reduction in sound-deadening materials.

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 advanced sensory engagement for both driver and passengers.

Introducing the new PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® with Amplify

The evolution of the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® goes further as it features sensory buttons. Thus, and 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 ambiance settings
Touch – via the multi-point massage embedded in the seats (with up to five programmes)
Smell – via the aroma from the fragrance diffuser

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In addition, like in the PEUGEOT 308, sight, touch and hearing benefit from the supplementary characteristics of the Driver Sport Pack.

Two environment ambiances are offered from launch: an atmospheric ‘Boost’ focused on an energised driving experience and a ‘Relax’ mood for a more relaxed driving environment. These two modes are completely selective and can transcend the pleasure of the driver and passengers to make the experience unique and unforgettable.

With Amplify, occupants are treated to three exclusive fragrances from internationally renowned perfumer, Scentys and Antoine Lie. This includes ‘Cosmic Leather’, a vibrant and sensory fragrance, ’Aerodrive’, a lively and stimulating fragrance, and ‘Harmony Wood’, an authentic and relaxing fragrance. Fragrance diffusion is adjustable, with three levels of intensity.

Intelligent design to architectural service performance

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.

Always-on connectivity

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 a simple touch of a control knob on the steering wheel, it can be transferred from the touch-screen to the digital instrument unit for easier viewing. With TomTom® Traffic its connectivity gives real-time visibility of events essential to the journey and access to various other information: local weather, car-parks, service stations, etc. There is also an option to subscribe to TomTom® to receive reliable information on permanent danger areas and temporary risk areas reported by the Community.

With the Mirror Screen function, a Smartphone screen can be reproduced on the touch-screen to make best use of its applications. It is compatible with MirrorLink protocols (Android smartphones), Android Auto and Apple CarplayTM (iPhone 5 onwards). And with a simple touch of a button on the steering wheel, there is a remote voice recognition function through the smartphone (Android S-Voice and Apple Siri). Without taking the eyes off the road, and in complete safety, new possibilities are opened up to the driver: make calls, choose music, read and send text messages, get route information, in other words, permanent connectivity while in operation.

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The PEUGEOT Connect pack, even greater possibilities are opened up in three areas: navigation, safety (Peugeot Connect SOS & Assistance) and maintenance (PEUGEOT Connect pack teleservices).

An automotive first

For the first time in history, 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.

Mobility extended: with great innovation …

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 PEUGEOT 3008 SUV can offer its customers a new range of individual mobility solutions:

A folding scooter with electric assist (e-Kick) by MICRO
A folding bike with electric assistance (e-Bike) by PEUGEOT

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.

Moreover, to ensure perfect integration into the boot and immediate availability, ‘dockstations’ hold the e-Kick or e-Bike in place in the boot and recharge the batteries while the vehicle is running.

A safer and more capable SUV

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 65km/h (40mph).

Additional to this are safety features such as Automatic High Beam Assistance, to automatically switch between high beam and low beam depending on the lighting conditions and oncoming traffic, Speed Sign Detection and Recommendation, standard on all trim levels, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop function, Active Blind Spot Monitoring System and Park Assist, which allows the vehicle to park itself with minimum input from the driver. Finally, Visiopark 1 & 2, with Visiopark 1 including a 180° view camera on the tailgate and Visiopark 2 adding the same camera to the front bumper for a complete 360° exterior vehicle view on the interior touch screen.

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Designed to perform

The new 3008’s aerodynamic design has been optimised to deliver class leading efficiency, with an excellent CdA from 0.76dm2. Ultra Low Rolling Resistance (ULRR) tyres are also fitted as standard to all 3008s opted with 17” and 18” or even the larger 19’’ (205 55 R19) wheels, further enhancing the efficiency of the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV.

A full range of performance engines

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)

Arriving in the UK for January

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 new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV will be available to order in the UK from November with first deliveries due in January 2017.

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