Peugeot has officially unveiled today the second generation of its C-segment crossover, the 3008. Now built over the EMP2 platform, it is bigger, lighter and more refined than the previous one. But its main characteristic is using a modular architecture, one that can be used in a myriad of new products, amplifying scale and reducing production costs.
The new 3008 is 4.45 m long, 1.84 m wide, 1.62 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.68 m. It is 8 cm longer than its predecessor, with most of this length gain going to the wheelbase, which is 6 cm longer than the one the first 3008 presented. The ground clearance is of 22 cm. The interior, as expected, is much more spacious, with a great improvement also on the luggage compartment. Instead of 432 l, it now offers 520 l, expandable to up to 1,580 l when the seats are folded. With all this, the new 3008 is 100 kg lighter than the first generation: it weighs 1,325 kg with its petrol engines and 1,375 kg in its diesel versions.
There are two petrol engine options: a 1.2 PureTech turbocharged unit, which produces 96 kw, equipped with a manual and an automatic transmission, both 6-speed, and a 1.6 THP powerplant that generates 121 kW, solely with the EAT6 automatic gearbox. There are twice as much options in diesel engines, still not with the new 1.5 BlueHDi engine. There is a 74 kW 1.6 (5-speed manual), an 88 kW 1.6 (6-speed manual and automatic), a 110 kW 2.0 (6-speed manual) and a 132 kW 2.0 (6-speed automatic)
Following the path of all Peugeot models since the 208 presentation, the new 3008 features the i-Cockpit interior, with a small diameter steering wheel and an instrument panel that you check over the steering wheel, not through it, as in most cars.
The first public appearance of the new crossover will happen at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and sales will start in October in Europe. We are not sure why Peugeot chose to have its official presentation 5 months ahead of the sales, but we fear the current one will sell much less until then. Strange strategy if you are willing to increase market participation. And the 3008 will surely count for a lot of future Peugeot sales, considering the recent crossover boom of which the Qashqai is the best example. So far, at least.