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Peugeot takes on the Nissan Qashqai with new 3008

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Peugeot 3008

Peugeot has updated the 3008, turning it from an MPV to an SUV in the process.

The new Peugeot 3008 will be available to order in the UK in October, with the first deliveries scheduled for January next year. It will make its public debut in September at the Paris Motor Show. As with all other medium-sized SUVs, the 3008 will be hoping to soak up some sales from the market leading Nissan Qashqai.

The 3008 as a stylish SUV

The out-going model looked far more like an MPV than an SUV. The new model is rather more adventurous looking, with an elevated ride height, roof bars 18 inch alloys and some chunky bodykit. However there's a veneer of Gallic chic over the whole thing, in the form of a wide front grille, LED headlamps and a floating roofline. Despite its new utilitarian format, the 3008 will be far more stylish as an SUV than it was as an MPV.

The 3008 will feature the i-Cockpit already unveiled by Peugeot, whereby the fascia and centre console curve around the driver, topped by a digital instrument binnacle in the form of a 12.3 inch high resolution screen just above a small steering wheel. This can be personalised with the driving information you require, such as sat nav maps or instrument dials. In the centre of the dashboard there's an eight inch infotainment touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink.

Under the bonnet

Buyers can choose from 1.2 litre PureTech and 1.6 litre petrol engines with 128 and 163bhp respectively. The smaller unit comes with manual or automatic six speed transmissions while the more powerful unit is available as an automatic only. There are a couple of diesels too, in various different power outputs starting with a 1.6 litre BlueHDi in 99 or 118bhp formats, with five or six speed manual transmissions or a speed automatic gearbox. There is also a 2.0 litre BlueHDi unit with 148 or 178bhp, with six speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Peugeot 3008 PHEV

A plug-in hybrid version is under development and is due to be released in 2019, leading an array of new electric models from Peugeot. The 3008 PHEV will be followed by fully electric versions of the 208 and 2008 as Peugeot plans an ultra-low emissions push. The SUV will use a small petrol engine to drive the front wheels, with an electric motor pulling at the rear for sub-50g/km emissions and a pure electric range of about 31 miles.

In order to hammer home the point that the 3008 is now an SUV, it comes with Grip Control for extra traction in sand, mud or snow, hill descent control and off road tyres. However there are some luxury options available too, such as a premium audio system, a panoramic sunroof and massage seats. There's also plenty of safety kit on the options list, including lane keep assist, automatic city braking, driver attention warning, road sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitor. If parking isn't your forte you can specify a 360 degree camera too.

EMP2

The 3008 is part of nine planned new models from Peugeot due by 2021, using the new weight-saving EMP2 platform. With a saving of about 100kg on the previous 3008, the new model will be cleaner and more efficient than its predecessor, even though it's a little larger. The updated shape has resulted in some extra cabin space and a larger boot at 520 litres.

Peugeot has yet to release prices but expect the new 3008 to start from about £20,000, putting it on a par with its main competitors the Renault Kadjar and the Nissan Qashqai.

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