Sharing the showroom floor in Paris with the hardcore 3008 DKR and the larger seven-seat 5008, the new road-going 3008 wants to capitalize on the growing popularity of crossovers. That’s why it has lost pretty much all MPV traits of the model before it and is now a fully-fledged C-segment crossover. It brings a bit of variety in this hugely competitive market as it combines a bold exterior design with a futuristic interior cabin featuring the second iteration of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit.
The one being showcased in Paris is the more expensive GT Line version with a slightly more aggressive body and full LED headlights. It can also be visually distinguished thanks to its standard black roof and side mirror caps, dual exhaust tips with a chrome finish, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, and several stainless steel body accents. Peugeot will provide the 3008 GT Line with a series of upgrades inside where there are going to be Alcantara-wrapped seats and several satin chrome touches.
The GT Line basically bridges the gap between the regular versions (pictured above) and the range-topping GT. Peugeot will sell it with all of the three- and four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines of the standard 3008, as follows:
- 1.2-liter PureTech 130 S&S 6SMT (6-speed manual transmission, start & stop) in standard and very-low consumption versions;
- 1.2-liter PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed auto;
- 1.6-liter THP 165 S&S 6-speed auto;
- 1.6-liter BlueHDi 100 S&S BVM5;
- 1.6-liter BlueHDi 120 S&S 6SMT (6-speed manual transmission) in standard and very-low consumption versions;
- 1.6-liter BlueHDi 120 S&S 6-speed auto;
- 2.0-liter BlueHDi 150 S&S 6SMT (6-speed manual transmission).
Should you want more oomph, you’ll have to step up to the aforementioned GT (pictured below) since it’s going to be the only version powered by the beefier turbodiesel 2.0-liter BlueHDi S&S with 180 horsepower sent to the road via a six-speed automatic transmission.
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On average about 220 pounds (100 kilograms) lighter than the old 3008, the second generation is about eight centimeters longer to enable a more spacious interior. Speaking of which, the cabin couples the 12.3-inch entirely digital instrument cluster with an 8-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system. Gone are the visibility issues of the previous i-Cockpit since Peugeot has moved the steering wheel a little bit lower and it has also given it an almost flat upper section to enable a better view of the instrument cluster.
Another highlight of the interior is represented by the 515-watt Focal sound system featuring a total of 10 speakers, a subwoofer, and a 12-channel amplifier. If you care more about practicality, we are happy to report the trunk’s capacity has grown by almost 90 liters to 520 liters and to 1,580 liters once you fold down the rear seats.
Built at PSA’s factory in Sochaux, France, the second-gen 3008 will go on sale across Europe before the year’s end and will be available from day one in both GT Line and GT flavors.