Peugeot has taken the wraps of the second-gen 3008 which has been reinterpreted as a proper compact crossover.

Following yesterday’s quite revealing teaser, the 3008 is here and it represents a significant departure compared to the model it is about to replace. Now a proper C-segment crossover, the overhauled 3008 from Peugeot rides on PSA’s EMP2 platform which has shaved off as much as 220 pounds (100 kilograms), despite being eight centimeters longer. Width and height have remained just about the same, but there’s now a more generous ground clearance of 22 cm to better tackle uneven roads as you would expect from what Peugeot describes as being an “advanced SUV.”

The styling was previewed back in October 2014 at the Paris Motor Show with the Quartz concept and as a consequence we are dealing with a sharp-looking crossover that looks way better than the outgoing first generation, high-riding MPV. It has a bolder and more muscular appearance which should make it an interest choice, although it will face some stiff competition coming from the Kia Sportage / Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai, VW Tiguan, Renault Kadjar, Seat Ateca, and others.

Thanks to the extra length, the wheelbase has grown by 62 mm to 2675 mm which in return pays dividends in terms of interior cabin space where there’s 24 mm more rear legroom. In addition, front and rear elbow room has increased by 17 mm and 4 mm, respectively. The car’s different shape has generated 36 mm of extra rear headroom while the trunk’s capacity has increased by almost 90 liters. That means the new compact crossover has 520 liters to offer with the rear seats in place and 1,580 liters once you fold them down.

By far the best thing about the interior is the implementation of Peugeot’s second take on the i-Cockpit. It boasts a 12.3-inch entirely digital and customizable instrument cluster mounted up high with five user-selectable view modes controlled from a knob mounted on the steering wheel. It’s more visible than the previous one since the steering wheel now sits a little bit lower and it has an almost flat upper area. The infotainment system makes use of a tablet-styled eight-inch capacitive touchscreen display which Peugeot says is more responsive than before.

For the first time ever on a production car, the French acoustics gurus at Focal will install a factory-fitted sound system with 10 speakers, subwoofer, and a 12-channel amplifier. The high-end audio system has a total power of 515 watts and aims to deliver crystal clear sound.

As far as power is concerned, the 2017 Peugeot 3008 will be offered with a wide selection of gasoline and diesel three- and four-cylinder engines, all turbocharged:

  • 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6SMT (6-speed manual transmission) in standard and very-low consumption versions;
  • 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed auto;
  • 1.6L THP 165 S&S 6-speed auto;
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 100 S&S BVM5;
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 120 S&S 6SMT (6-speed manual transmission) in standard and very-low consumption versions;
  • 1.6L BlueHDi 120 S&S 6-speed auto;
  • 2.0L BlueHDi 150 S&S 6SMT (6-speed manual transmission);
  • 2.0L BlueHDi 180 S&S 6-speed auto.

Set to be produced in France at PSA’s Sochaux plant, the all-new 3008 will celebrate its public debut in early October at the Paris Motor Show and will go on sale globally later the same month.

Additional details are available in the press release area.

Source: Peugeot

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