Peugeot has lifted the covers off its all-new 3008 medium SUV at a gala event in Paris, with the second-generation crossover displaying the French brand's latest styling cues and leaving its predecessor's awkward hatch-on-stilts look in the past.
Built on Peugeot's EMP2 scalable platform, the new 3008 is wider, longer and with a longer wheelbase than the current 3008. It's also markedly bigger than the Mitsubishi ASX-based Peugeot 4008 that presently sits above it in Peugeot's hierarchy.
It's grown on the inside too. The new 3008's 520 litre boot capacity is a whopping 90 litres bigger than before, and a low lip height facilitates loading. Seats-down capacity measures 1482 litres when stacked to the roof.
The 60/40 split rear seat folds completely flat with the boot floor, and the front passenger seat backrest also folds to create a 3-metre long load space. A motorised hands-free tailgate will be available, operated by waving a foot under the rear bumper.
Thanks to an increase in wheelbase and width, the 2017 Peugeot 3008 features 17mm more front elbow room, 4mm more rear elbow room, 24mm more rear legroom and 36mm more rear headroom.
All up, the new 3008's dimensional increases boost it up from the small SUV category to the midsize SUV segment.
Inside, the 3008 sports one of Peugeot's most futuristic cabin designs ever. The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display protrudes BMW-like from the top of the dashboard, while the steeing wheel shrinks in diameter and adopts an almost octagonal shape to aid the driver's view of the high-mounted 12.3-inch colour LCD instrument panel.
Similar to Audi's Virtual Cockpit electronic instruments, the 3008's "i-Cockpit" cluster can display five different screens, showing navigation instructions, driver aids, trip computer data, engine information and more.
The front seats can be had with an optional 8-zone pneumatic massage function, while a panoramic glass sunroof and inductive loop smartphone charging pad are some of the new 3008's more noteworthy features.
Perhaps most importantly though, is the presence of what appears to be two properly-sized cupholders - not the traditionally undersized and awkwardly-positioned cupholders usually found in a Peugeot.
A range of petrol and diesel engines will be offered in Europe, with a 1.2 litre turbo with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.6 litre turbo with a six-speed auto being the petrol-drinking options.
Four diesel motors of varying outputs will also be offered, with two 1.6 litre diesels and two 2.0 litre diesels - two of which are manual-only and thus unlikely for Australian release.
And when the 3008 isn't able to get you quite close enough to your destination, Peugeot offers two unique accessories that could carry you the rest of the way: an electrically-assisted scooter or folding bicycle, both designed to slot into the 3008's boot and recharge from an integrated docking station while the engine is running.
The all-new 3008 is slated to arrive here sometime in 2017, though precise timing, specifications and pricing has yet to be finalised.
According to local boss Kai Bruesewitz, the arrival of the 3008 will be a cornerstone of Peugeot's brand revival plan.
"The 3008 will continue Peugeot’s product led reinvention, joining the highly awarded 308 in the stable of world leading products,” said Bruesewitz.
“We believe that the new Peugeot 3008 will deliver Australian customers a true French take on the SUV, one that merges leading edge technology and design with practicality and comfort.”
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