With crossovers selling like the proverbial hotcakes these days, carmakers are doing all they can to cash in on this lucrative segment. Peugeot, for its part, updates its 2017 European Car of the Year, the 3008, with a lot more style and then some.
The front end, for instance, now gets styling touches that tie it in with the rest of the modern Peugeot family. The daytime running lights, for instance, extend downwards on the sides of the bumper, a la 508, among other Peugeot models. The grille is now larger and the headlights have also been revised.
Step inside and you’ll see a larger 10-inch touchscreen replacing the 8-inch unit found in the pre-facelift model. This complements the 12.3-inch instrument cluster display found on Peugeot’s high tech i-Cockpit interface. It’s meant to give better visibility even at a glance.
Apart from this, buyers get drive modes that range from Eco, Sport, and Normal, while hybrid versions get to toggle between Electric, Hybrid, 4WD, and Sport
Speaking of drive modes, there are likewise a plethora of engines to choose from. The range begins with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder with 130bhp, moving up to a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline mill with 180bhp. Diesel variants come in the form of a 1.5-liter four with 130bhp. Just like the gasoline versions ,these can be had in either 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic.
Those that want hybrid propulsion can have this in two-wheel drive with a combination of a 180bhp gasoline engine and a 110bhp electric motor for a combined 225bhp and 266lb-ft that can bring the car from 0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds and a 225km/h top speed. Power is sent to the drive wheels via 8-speed AT.
The other option is an all-wheel drive range topper with a 200bhp gasoline mill, a 110bhp front-mounted electric motor, and a 112bhp rear electric motor. This trio puts out 300bhp and 384lb-ft of torque, coursed to all four wheels via 8-speed auto. This is enough to propel the crossover from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds and hit a 235km/h terminal velocity.
This being a hybrid, it can go for 56kms in pure electric vehicle mode for the two-wheel drive model while the all-wheel drive variant can do the same for 59kms. All this is helped by a 13.2kWh lithium ion battery.
Sales of the 2021 Peugeot 3008 will begin before the end of 2020.