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The Chevrons are starting this new year with a bang with the launch of the new C3 which, in its own way, now joins the SUV clan given its raised attitude, the adoption of roof bars and even multiple protection elements. A vehicle available with both hybrid and 100% electric engines, just like its C3 Aircross counterpart, expected in the coming months. More legitimate in its capacity as an SUV, it will grow enormously compared to its predecessor to reach almost 4.40 m in length and surpass its main competitor, the Dacia Duster.
Stellantis’ premium label will be supported by a brand new high-end product at the end of the year. Called DS 8, it will match its size to that of premium SUVs such as Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC by extending beyond 4.70 m in length. Its profile should be similar to that of a coupe, like the Peugeot 3008 from which it will exclusively inherit the electric mechanics of 210 hp, 230 hp, 320 hp and should add a variant approaching 400 hp. Equipped with a 98 kWh battery in top form, it will be able to flirt with 700 km of autonomy.
Short-term news from the Lion will see the return of the 5008. Once again, the 7-seater SUV will be similar to an extended version of the 3008. Thus, it will inherit all of the mechanics fitted to the last opus to finally benefit from a rechargeable hybrid mechanic (195 hp) and even 100% electric (210, 230 and 320 hp), while it will be able to cover nearly 700 km with this type of virtuous propulsion. 15 to 20 cm longer than its little brother , it will evolve around 4.70 m in length to come closer to the standards established by the Renault Espace. For its part, the 3008, which will soon begin its commercial career, could see its range reinforced by a sports variant labeled PSE by equipping itself with the 100% electric 488 hp block promised to its STLA Medium platform. Finally, the 2008 in its electric version is likely, during this new year, to adopt the 240 hp engine that its cousin Alfa Romeo Milano will be released in mid-April, in order, once again, to take advantage of the Peugeot coat of arms Sports Engineered.
This will be the most prolific French manufacturer in its ability to offer new SUVs this year. Starting with the Captur which, in addition to benefiting from a major restyling, will see its range supplemented by a long, more family-friendly version, with a station wagon look, as well as a coupe silhouette with sporty accents. A duo likely to reintroduce the 160 hp plug-in hybrid mechanism which disappeared on the Captur short, due to lack of success. At the start of the school year, Renault will once again play on the nostalgic fiber by resurrecting the iconic 4L from its ashes in the guise of a 100% electric urban SUV (approximately 4.20 m long) resting on the platform. cheap form of the new R5. Further up the range, it is the Rafale which will make the news later this year by benefiting from a 300 hp PHEV unit, potentially adaptable to the Austral as well as the Espace.
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To sum up
If Alpine will wait until 2025 to unveil its very first crossover, the four other French brands will not be stingy with new products of this type during this year.
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