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Replacing a bestseller proves to be a double-edged sword for any car manufacturer. Between the need to innovate and the concern not to upset the clientele won over to its cause, it is a question of positioning the cursor in the right place. And the Peugeot 3008 steamroller, which for a long time remained number one in sales in its category, does not escape this questioning as its designers hope to prolong the celebration.
A real-fake SUV coupe?
From the outset, when we discover the silhouette of the new Lion SUV, we will take the measure of the architectural risk orchestrated by its designers. Abandoning the classic break-type profile of its competitors (Renault Austral, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Qashqai, etc.), it will not fail to disconcert its family clientele with its coupe profile inspired by the Renault Arkana. With this ready that the new 3008 plays it more subtle than its competitor of the Losange by initiating its fall of flag downstream of the rear passengers, from the top tailgate. It is therefore a fake coupe that should skilfully spare style and roominess. However, the account will no longer be there for fans of saturation from the trunk to the ceiling, given the intense inclination of the rear window.
More trunk, but what about modularity?
The unknown remains as to the dimensions of this new model which, however, should at least gain 5 to 6 cm in length to reach the size of the Renault Austral (4.51 m). Therefore, under the tablet, we bet that the trunk volume of the 3008 cuvée 2024 will easily exceed the 520 l cubed by its predecessor. In addition, it would rather be inspired by the idea of sticking to the standards of modularity – rare in this segment – established by its competitor Diamond which benefits from a sliding rear seat in two parts (⅔-⅓). A trick that would allow it to substantially increase the luggage carrying capacity, but Peugeot generally leaves it to Citroën to offer this type of equipment. Therefore, we rather expect the renewal of a fixed bench seat on this new 3008.
A new i-Cockpit that will have to prove itself
By migrating from the rear seats to that of the driver, we will observe the sensitive change of its i-Cockpit module. Better ? Yes and no, probably. The positive point should come from the elevation of the information facing the driver, and previously partially hidden by the top of the steering wheel. A recurring symptom on Sochaux models, unless the steering column is lowered to its lowest level, at the risk of straining the driving position. This new curved screen will have the particularity of displaying the large format of automotive production (21”), thus combining the two screens that previously formed the i-Cockpit environment. But the other side of the coin could come from its remoteness from passengers likely to overextend their arm to operate a function. A point that we will not fail to check during the lifting of the sail.
Finally, it is under the hood that the 3008 will make its revolution, under cover of total electrification. According to our colleagues from L’Automobile Magazine, the newcomer will extend its range of electric motors from 115 to 285 kW (155 to 380 hp), from two to four-wheel drive, while battery capacities will offer from 60 to 85 kWh in to approach 600 km of autonomy. A technical feat made possible by the developments granted to its EMP2 platform, soon to be called STLA Medium, also endowed with multi-level hybridization. In addition to the renewal of the 48V block of 136 hp, recently inaugurated by the current 3008, this base should be equipped with a rechargeable variant exclusively accumulating 200 hp against 180, 225 and even 300 hp to date. Clearly, the PHEV versions will no longer be part of the priorities of the compact SUV of the Lion.
New Peugeot 3008 price
The current 3008 still has a bright future ahead of it, its replacement not being expected in dealerships before the spring of 2024. This will be the perfect opportunity to do business in dealerships by focusing on the end of the vehicle’s life to better negotiate its price. Currently available from €35,320, we bet that whoever succeeds him will once again inflate the bill with a base price potentially located around €37,000.
To sum up
The days are numbered until the reveal of the third generation of 3008, scheduled for September 12. We are already taking stock of the advances promised by the newcomer, compared to the current model released in 2016.