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Our spies have sent us the first batch of images with Peugeot's second generation of the 3008.

While the outgoing model looks more or less like a jacked up MPV, the new one seems to adopt a crossover body style which should make it a lot more desirable especially during these times when CUVs are all the range whereas sales of people carriers have seen a decline in recent years. The body change will likely boost sales of the compact model in Europe, but it will have to face some steep competition from the new Volkswagen Tiguan and the like.

Peugeot boss Maxime Picat has already announced the new 3008's shape has been influenced by the Chinese market which is the current model's best-performing country. The engine lineup is expected to comprise three- and four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, but there's also a plug-in hybrid derivative in the works which will likely join the range later during the model's life cycle. Front wheel drive will obviously be standard and at an additional cost buyers will be able to order an optional all-wheel drive system.

Chances are Peugeot will stage the world premiere of the overhauled 3008 in the first half of next year, likely in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

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