The number is the same, but evolution continues. Let’s leave aside the first Peugeot 3008 born in 2009, practical, comfortable, but not very attractive, and focus our attention on the 2016 3008 we know, the winner of the Car of the Year award. Now, after 4 years, the French manufacturer has presented its evolution, enhancing the image of an SUV just under 4.5 meters long that has been able to carve out an important space in the crowded segment to which it belongs.
In summary, the new model presents aesthetic innovations at the front with brand new headlights and an aggressive grille, together with the full LED rear lights. The interiors feature a rich analogue instrumentation, including the 12.3 “Head-Up Digital Display and the new 10” central touch screen together with the revised materials.
The range of engines, along with a couple of petrol and diesel, offers two plug-in petrol hybrids (that is: rechargeable even with the cable), also with all-wheel drive, with a range (declared) in electric mode of over 50 km. In these days reservations are opening while the first units will be delivered in January 2021. still early to talk about prices, but remember that today’s range starts from just over 28,000 euros to reach 54,000.
Together with the sculpted and angular lines of the latest Peugeots, on the new 3008 we find a checkerboard grille that gives the impression of extending far beyond the classic engine air intake. The front headlights have been redesigned with that sort of scratch that is becoming the signature of the latest Lion cars: they are Led with fog mode, that is, they reduce their intensity when the rear fog lights are turned on. The rear lights are also Full Led, with a three-dimensional effect. The wheels have a basic size of 17 inches, but can go up to 19 in the GT version. To customize the car there is the Black-Pack, which offers rims, flaps, handrails and air intakes framed by glossy black decorations.
Five comfortable seats, quality materials and brand new upholstery: the pleasant and welcoming passenger compartment. From the raised driving position, the 12 “3-inch Head-Up Digital Display, fully customizable, stands out in front of the driver’s eyes. At the center of the dashboard there is a 10 “multifunction touch screen with high definition screen and at the base seven piano-like keys that allow access to the most common functions (audio, air conditioning, connected 3D navigation and voice control, vehicle settings, phone, mobile applications and emergency lights). At the center of the console, on cars with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, a selector for choosing the driving style between Normal, Sport and Eco. For plug-in hybrids, the selector adds 100% Electric, Hybrid, Sport and (for the full Hybrid4 version) 4WD modes.
Among the ADAS, Night Vision stands out which detects living beings in front of the vehicle at night or in conditions of reduced visibility. Recognition extended to road signs with their speed limits and to the carriageway lines. With the automatic gearbox there is adaptive cruise control. All versions include emergency braking and Active Blind Corner Assist, the active blind spot monitoring system, that is: with automatic trajectory correction. Depending on the set-ups, you can count on one or two Visiopark cameras at 180 and 360 and on active assistance for parking in parallel or perpendicular. The Hands Free tailgate is practical: it can be opened and closed by moving a foot under the rear bumper. The electrically opening panoramic roof and the seats have a massage function. The Advanced Grip Control has four modes depending on the road surface: Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand. The Hill Assist Descent Control manages the vehicle on slippery steep slopes.
The engine range starts with two petrol proposals: the PureTech 3 and 4 cylinder engines. The small 130 hp 1200 turbo available with 6-speed or 8-speed automatic gearbox, the 180 hp 1600 only with the EAT8 automatic. Diesel available in the 4-cylinder 1500 BlueHDI 130, with manual or automatic transmission. The rechargeable hybrid versions are the Hybrid4 300 and the Hybrid 225, both with the e-EAT8 automatic transmission. The first has the 200 HP PureTech 4-cylinder 1600 petrol endothermic engine that works in conjunction with 2 electric motors, one 110 HP at the front, positioned inside the gearbox, and the other 112 HP, on the rear axle. This made it possible to have 4×4 traction even in electric mode. The maximum speed of 235 km / h and the sprint from 0/100 per hour takes place in 5.9 seconds, despite the total weight of 1,840 kg.
The Hybrid 225 is always based on the 1600 petrol engine PureTech, but with 180 HP, flanked by a 110 HP electric motor at the front and traction only on this axle. In this case the maximum speed of 225 km / h. Both hybrid powertrains can run 100% electric for 59 (4WD) 56 (2WD) km thanks to a 13.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. With the standard 3.7 kW battery charger, the complete operation takes 7 hours, but another 7.4 kW single-phase version is available as an option, with which 1.45 hours are sufficient for a full charge. The battery guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km.
Around electric and plug-in cars Peugeot has created a number of interesting services and applications. Easy-Charge includes a range of charging solutions at home or in the office in collaboration with Enel X, but also a charging offer at public columns, again through Enel X services through a card. Among the Easy-Move systems, the Trip Planner stands out, which allows you to plan long journeys using the Free2Move Services smartphone application, while for more extensive mobility it is possible to rent a thermal vehicle with a Mobility Pass at discounted rates. From the Mypeugeot app or from the connected navigation screen, you can start or program a thermal pre-conditioning of the passenger compartment and program the battery charge. Finally, through Easy-care Peugeot helps to make the most of hybrid propulsion with simulators and digital courses.
September 3, 2020 (change September 3, 2020 | 12:38)
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