In turn, Peugeot and Renault have unveiled a new long-range electric family SUV. These e-3008 and Scénic E-Tech will be in dealerships at the beginning of 2024, but Automobile-Propre could not resist a first remote duel.
Peugeot and Renault, best enemies. The two French brands compete directly in numerous categories. And here is an additional area of confrontation: the family electric SUV. A subcategory where both manufacturers arrive at the same time. They even revealed their champion a few days apart.
At Renault, it takes the form of the fifth generation of the Scénic, which therefore abandons the minivan category and becomes solely electric. At Peugeot, it is the third generation of the 3008 which is available in the e-3008.
Marking themselves on the bumper, the two models will arrive almost simultaneously in dealerships, at the beginning of 2024. But it was too tempting to organize now a first duel, virtual of course, but which allows us to see the strengths and weaknesses on each side.
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Not a trivial fact: these two competing models were designed under the leadership of the same person! It was Gilles Vidal, who took charge of design at Renault at the end of 2020, after having been responsible for that of Peugeot. The Scénic is one of his first works at Losange, although he had finalized the main lines of the new 3008 before his departure. Hence the undeniable similarities, with a Renault style which is closer to that of Peugeot. Understand by this more angular and structured. We also have similar work on the rims or the grille with a body gradient.
The Scénic and the 3008 cannot, however, be confused, in particular because the Lion model adopts a new coupe-style silhouette, with an inclined window. The Renault is more conventional in shape, at least for an SUV. Because the Scénic definitively turns its back on the MPV category, thus abandoning their plump appearance. It’s also impossible to mix them with their light signature: three beautiful claws housed in the shield for the 3008, halves of a diamond for the Scénic.
The 3008 is more imposing: with 4.54 meters in length, it exceeds its competitor by 7 cm. Same in height, with also 7 cm more (1.64 m for the 3008).
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Life on board
The driving stations give pride of place to screens, but Peugeot and Renault do not organize them in the same way, which creates very different atmospheres. Peugeot is evolving its now well-known i-Cockpit. This time, the instrumentation remains high, and the infotainment is associated. At the high end, the whole thing forms a single 21-inch panel with the most beautiful effect (the entry-level will have two 10-inch screens side-by-side). In the center there is a customizable shortcuts screen. We also find the small steering wheel and the very imposing central tunnel.
At Renault, the screens have a more traditional location, that is to say behind the steering wheel and at the level of the central console. The two form a “lying L”. In the high version, it is 12 and 12.3 inches. Touchscreen is thus more accessible at Renault. Since the Megane, the quality has been there.
Compared to their predecessor, the 3008 and the Scénic change format, which influences their interior layout. The Scénic now has classic modularity, with a bench seat designed primarily for two. It is fixed, but the electric base allows it to offer a giant wheelbase and therefore plenty of leg space. By focusing on a dynamic look, the 3008 loses a little space (families will go more towards the 5008). The modularity is similar, a 40/20/40 bench seat.
The 3008 has a trunk volume of 520 liters, the Scenic announces 545 liters. But its threshold is high. In both cases, once folded, the bench forms a step.
The Scénic takes the basis of the Megane, the CMF-EV platform. It is announced with two technical configurations: a 170 hp unit with a 60 kWh battery, and a 220 hp unit with an 87 kWh battery. The ranges are currently estimated at 420 and 620 km.
At Peugeot, there are three configurations. Two have two-wheel drive: a 210 hp unit associated with a 73 kWh battery, and a 230 hp unit associated with a 98 kWh XXL battery. This allows us to announce a range of 700 km. The base is 525 km away. There is also a Dual Motor version, with a 320 hp motor on each axle. It receives the 73 kWh battery. For the two versions with this battery, the range is 525 km.
On the charging side, Peugeot is putting the 11 kW three-phase on-board charger as standard and will offer a 22 kW option as an option. In direct current, it is up to 160 kW. Renault announces up to 22 kW in on-board charger (without saying what will be standard). For fast charging, it’s 130 kW with the 60 kWh battery and 150 kW with the 87 kWh battery.
Peugeot announces a V2L function (to connect an electrical device with battery energy), still absent from the Scénic.
Peugeot and Renault no longer have to be ashamed of the competition. The Losange, for example, has a great asset up its sleeve: a very efficient multimedia system, the Open R Link developed with Google, therefore with its integrated services such as navigation. While the old 3008 was lagging behind on this point, the new one wants to set the record straight with its i-Connect. In the Advanced version, this system integrates TomTom navigation with a route planner. That of Renault has already proven itself and has even been refined for the Scénic.
In terms of driving aids, there are numerous assistance options, with now standard equipment, such as lane keeping, blind spot monitoring, matrix headlights, 360° vision, etc. Both have semi-autonomous driving, with the each the arrival of an anticipated speed recommendation. The Peugeot highlights an assisted lane change.
The Scénic can, for its part, receive an attractive opaque panoramic glass roof. No need for a awning, a technology makes the glass opaque.
Formerly on separate registers, the 3008 and the Scénic come together with these new generations, with similar characteristics, whether in terms of dimensions or equipment. The differences will ultimately reflect the respective positions of the brands. Peugeot plays it as a premium generalist and thus offers a very techno and ambitious 3008 on a technical level, as evidenced by the Dual Motor and the autonomy of 700 km. Not trying to flirt with premium, Renault has a Scénic with slightly more modest technical choices, both in terms of power and autonomy. But it should therefore be more affordable. The price scales will be known at the end of 2023. We will have to wait until 2024 for the real meeting, which will really make it possible to decide between them.
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