The Peugeot 3008 is a bit of a dark horse in our parts of the world, but globally, it has actually been quite successful – selling over 800,000 units since its launch in 2016. Now midway through its lifecycle, the French SUV has been updated with a fresh outfit, smarter tech, and new electrified powertrain options.

Visually, the 3008 has been given a new front fascia that resembles more like its other Peugeot siblings such as the all-new 208 and 508. Taking centre stage on the new face is the new frameless grille design, with horizontal fins extending all the way underneath the headlights – which are also new.

The new signature fang-like daytime-running light is now present on the 3008, capped off with chrome tips. Beside them, black-painted side scoops bookends the lower apron, paired to the painted lower lip on the bumpers.

At the rear, the iconic triple-claw taillights have now been updated with a 3D-effect, enabled by its new all-LED internals. It features sequential turn indicators, and the taillight assemblies are covered in clear, smoked glass, which runs across the entire boot lid.

Globally, the new Peugeot 3008 is available in three trim levels: Active, Allure, and GT, each with their own optional “Packs” (e.g. GT Pack) which includes several additional exterior and interior kits. The top-of-the-range GT Pack even comes with new 19-inch diamond-studded aluminium wheels.

To enhance the sportiness appeal of the SUV, Peugeot is also making available a “Black Pack” on the new 3008, which darkens the front grille, emblems and the 3008 monograms, front fender trims, roof bars, roof trim, spoiler trim, rear bumper sill, black door bottoms, along with a set of special 19-inch black onyx and black mist varnish wheels.

Moving on inside, the dashboard of the new 3008 has been updated to Peugeot’s latest i-Cockpit design, featuring a new wider 10-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The digital instrument cluster remains at 12.3-inch, though it now comes with newer graphics and “Normally Black” technology for higher contrast and better readability, especially in bright daylight.

Underneath the new infotainment display is a row of seven “piano keys” toggle switches, giving direct access to the most commonly-used functions on the 3008, while the Hybrid variants – more on that later – will have a specific switch to access the car’s electric drivetrain functions. Lower down, there’s a new drive mode selector on all models located beside the automatic gear selector stalk.

New interior trim highlights include a new Dark Lime Wood veneer with chrome inserts, as well as new frameless rear-view mirror – both available on the GT and GT Pack variants. There’s also a 515W Focal sound system with belem bronze speaker grilles, as well as multi-point massaging seats and dual-pane sunroof as options.

The new Peugeot 3008 gets a huge bump in its advanced safety and convenience features. The full list is probably as long as this entire page, but key additions include Night Vision, which detects living beings at night or in reduced visibility up to 250m ahead, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function which can automatically restart the engine if stopped for less than 3 seconds, lane position assist, improved autonomous emergency braking, and extended recognition of traffic signs.

As mentioned above, the new Peugeot 3008 gains an additional hybrid powertrain – the Hybrid 225. The electrified mill is basically a scaled down version of the previously-available Hybrid4 300, which pairs a 180 hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder PureTech engine with one electric motor, attached to the gearbox.

Combined system output of the Hybrid 225 is, as the name suggests, 225 hp and 360 Nm of torque, with power sent to the front wheels. As a result, the century sprint is completed in 8.7 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 1.3 to 1.5 l/100km.

Meanwhile, the Hybrid4 300 uprates the same engine to produce 200 hp, paired to two electric motors – one on each axle – to send a combined 300 hp and 520 Nm of torque to all four wheels, which results in a 0-100 km/h time of 5.9 seconds – pretty brisk for a SUV like this.

Both hybrid powertrains sip juice from a 13.2 kWh battery, which delivers an electric-only range of up to 59 km on the Hybrid4 300, and 56 km on the Hybrid 225. They also share the same transmission, an e-EAT8 eight-speed automatic gearbox.

To charge, the optional 7.4 kW wall box tops it up in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, while the standard 3.7 kW single-phase charger takes approximately seven hours to fully charge on a standard 8A socket.

The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged PureTech 180 (180 hp, 250 Nm) engine is also available as a standalone internal-combustion-only option on the Peugeot 3008, alongside a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged PureTech 130 mill, producing 130 hp and 230 Nm of torque.

As for oil burners, a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engine is available with 130 hp and 300 Nm of torque. This, along with the PureTech 130 powerplant, is available with either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual, while the PureTech 180 unit is only available with the eight-speed automatic.


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