Peugeot has revealed its all-new 3008 ahead of the car’s global debut later on in the year at the Paris motor show. The refreshed model is being packaged as an SUV, in contrast to its more MPV-like predecessor.
The change in styling approach comes in response to booming SUV sales. In the European C-segment, still the biggest and most diverse, SUV sales have increased two and a half-fold since 2009 – the launch-date of the first generation of 3008. Now, in Europe, all segments considered, one car in ten belongs to the SUV family.
At 4450 mm in length, Peugeot claims the new 3008 SUV is one of the most compact models in its segment, offering more passenger and luggage space over the outgoing model. A longer wheelbase and an overall length which is now 80 mm longer than the current model, means interior space has increased, most notably for rear occupants who now get an additional 24 mm legroom, 4 mm elbow room and 36 mm headroom. Front elbow space has also increased by 17 mm despite the width of the new model being identical to the outgoing version at 1840 mm, and height being 19 mm lower at 1620 mm.
Luggage space has also improved. With a luggage capacity of 520 litres, this is almost 90 litres bigger than the previous generation. Like the previous version, owners can remove the luggage cover and fold the second row of seats flat; this results in a total luggage capacity of 1580 litres.
Despite the boost in interior volume, the new 3008 is, on average, 100 kg lighter than the previous generation versions. Lightweighting measures include the use of a thermoplastic boot floor and tailgate and aluminium wings, front suspension arms and rear seat frames. There’s also a reduction in sound-deadening materials owing to revised engines.
The latter comprise four petrol and five diesel units, paired with manual or automatic 6-speed transmissions.
The new model will go on sale in the UK from November with first deliveries due in January 2017.