Half a year ago, Peugeot took the wraps off the all-new Peugeot 3008. What was previously a curvy, mundane looking compact crossover has blossomed into a full blown C-Segment SUV. The 3008 can finally start giving the fifth-generation Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 a good fight.
There are a number of engines powering the 3008, but as expected, the Malaysian market will receive the good old 1.6-litre Prince unit. This time it is turbocharged to produce 165 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm of torque from 1,400 rpm. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel will most likely not join the lineup, which is a shame because that left quite a lasting impression. The four-banger 1.6 THP is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
In terms of dimensions, the 3008 is every bit bigger than before. Its wheelbase is stretched by a whopping 62mm, resulting in better legroom for rear passengers. Key specifications include full LED headlamps, tri-bar (lion claw) LED tail lamps and a futuristically designed cabin.
The guys at Peugeot Malaysia are still working on the exact specifications here, but some highlights include the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 8-inch centrally mounted touchscreen head unit and wireless phone charging tray. The seats in our test car back in Bologna, Italy, were draped in exquisite cow hide with fancy patterns – something very French but tastefully executed to suit the local palette.
The year 2017 will see quite a number of new SUVs introduced to our market, with the 3008 set to be the earliest to arrive. It won’t be till later in the year when the Japanese duo (CR-V and CX-5) arrive here. That should give the Peugeot 3008 a relatively promising head start. If you’re in the market for a brand new SUV, this could be worth the wait.