Peugeot will have another stab at the lucrative midsize crossover market with an all-new 3008, due in 2017. It’ll showcase a more dynamic design and go head-to-head with the Nissan Qashqai and upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan.
Although behind a lot of camouflage, it’s clear to see the direction the French firm has taken with the new 3008. Peugeot is keen to banish memories of the relatively slow-selling current model, whose sales figures paled in comparison with rivals, in Europe at least.
The new car’s profile is clearly more SUV than tall estate, with shorter overhangs, curvy front and rear ends and the rising flank at the side. It’s not clear whether or not interior space will be impacted as a result, however, as the boxy shape of the current car made it very practical.
Peugeot boss Maxime Picat spoke to us about the 3008 at the 2014 Shanghai Motor Show and he highlighted the importance of the Chinese market, where the 3008 has been their biggest seller. “Clearly the next 3008 will be more influenced by the Chinese market… the exterior looks will have to more like an SUV than a crossover.”
Further details are yet to be revealed, but the 3008 is expected to be available with a range of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and a plug-in hybrid variant at a later date. Two- or four-wheel drive options are likely, too.
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