Peugeot 3008 breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

A ground-breaking offer from Peugeot is its Peugeot 3008, a compact yet spacious crossover manufactured in Eastern France at the Sochaux plant and which has received all the values and expertise that the carmaker can offer. The new 3008 is at the crossroads between other vehicles like the SUV, MPV and hatch.

The strength of the vehicle comes from a combination of driving concepts while at the same time adopting numerous new and original technologies, such as Dynamic Roll Control, Grip Control to name a few, permitting it to merge specs that other think incompatible.

The 3008 was designed to be a trendsetter offering original solution and maximized versatility to buyers in search of the artistic yet practical together with driving pleasure.

In every area, the 3008 is opening up brand new horizons in motoring. The new car will be launched in Europe at the end of this year with five engine configurations to choose from. Included in the engine lineup are two 2.0-liter diesel powerplants, one 1.6-liter diesel, and two 1.6-liter gasoline powerplants.

Included in the options are four gearbox configurations consisting of a s6-speed manual, a 6-speed auto, a 6-speed electronically limited, and a 5-speed manual.

There are plans on the way to introduce a hybrid variant of the 3008 before 2011. Included in the Hybrid 4 concept is a 2.0-literal diesel engine paired with an electric motor. This combination achieves a 35 percent reduction in emissions and fuel consumption, Peugeot said.

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Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 is a compact and spacious crossover. It represents a new and innovative offer, not only in the Peugeot range but also in today's car market as a whole. Manufactured in Eastern France at the Sochaux manufacturing plant, its concept and specification has draw on all of Peugeot's expertise and values.

The Peugeot 3008 is positioned at the crossroads between several existing vehicles: the SUV, the MPV and hatchback. The car derives its strengths from this blend of motoring concepts while at the same adopting a number of new and original technologies (Dynamic Roll Control, Grip Control, etc) enabling it to combine specifications often deemed incompatible (driving pleasure inside a "tall" vehicle, improved traction while at the same time being eco-friendly, etc).

Through its non-conformist approach and its resolute styling, the Peugeot 3008, designed as a pioneering vehicle, offers an original solution and optimal versatility to customers in search of modernity, practicality and driving pleasure.

Protective, versatile and status-enhancing, the Peugeot 3008, a crossover in all respects, opens up new motoring horizons.

The architecture of the Peugeot 3008 successfully combines a single-compartment body shape with a forward-positioned front windscreen with elements borrowed from the world of the SUV, such as its lower tailgate (or hobby), its plunging side windows and its raised driving position.

The vehicle's style achieves a harmonious fusion of these different genres. Its balanced proportions and dynamic and robust lines provide an indication of the car's innovative content.

At the front, the Peugeot styling genes have evolved to adapt to the car's generous size, while at the rear the wide sculpted flanks help to visually attach the car to the road.

Depending on the trim level, the vehicle can have off-road styling elements, in particular inserts for the sills and lower panels.

Inside its spacious interior, the driver occupies an ergonomic and particularly luxurious driving position that calls to mind the world of the luxury coupé and has some similarity to the cockpit of an aircraft.

Passengers can enjoy a generous and extremely comfortable passenger compartment (in terms of design, seats, acoustics, etc), where each occupant will feel naturally at ease. For even greater interior brightness and visibility, they can benefit from a large glass roof measuring 1.60 m2.

Its Multiflex interior can be converted at will thanks to its 3-position load area floor and folding rear seats. With the latter folded, together with the front passenger backrest, the Peugeot 3008 offers a perfectly flat floor from the lower tailgate hobby to the fascia panel. Its load volume under the parcel shelf then increases from 512 litres (or 432 dm3 in the VDA standard) to 1,604 (or 1,241 dm3 VDA) behind the front seats.

To add to the tranquillity and safety of all its occupants, the driver can benefit, as standard or as an option, from technology that is rarely if ever seen in this market segment:

Head Up Display,
Distance Alert (helps the driver to respect a safe distance between the vehicle in front according to speed),
automatic electric parking brake, hill assist,
a range of telematic systems with satellite navigation.
THE PEUGEOT 3008, A CROSSOVER THANKS ITS UNIQUE DRIVING SENSATIONS AND INTELLIGENT OFF-ROAD TRACTION

Thanks to Peugeot's expertise and use of new technology, the Peugeot 3008 offers road holding qualities worthy of the best saloon cars, no mean feat for a "spacious and tall" vehicle. Every effort has been made to ensure class leading levels of road holding on all versions of the Peugeot 3008, without in any way sacrificing passenger comfort. Indeed the Peugeot 3008 will become the new benchmark in the world of spacious, compact vehicles in terms of driving pleasure and active safety.

It achieves this through its excellent body rigidity, large wheels and suspension comprising of a McPherson type front suspension and a rear suspension consisting of a rear torsion beam.

Combined with two of the most efficient engines (the 1.6 litre THP and the new 2.0 litre HDi FAP), the Dynamic Roll Control system, fitted to the rear suspension, sets new standards in terms of body roll control while still retaining optimal damping characteristics.

Another innovation is the Grip Control system. Consisting of an advanced traction control system and special Mud & Snow tyres, it optimises the traction of both front wheels of the Peugeot 3008 for real off-road driving. The driver controls the system by means of a knob with five settings: Standard, Snow, Off Road (Mud/Dirt/Wet Grass), Sand and ESP off.

THE PEUGEOT 3008, AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY CROSSOVER

At an early stage of the project, the search for optimal environmental efficiency was a major priority, especially as the vehicle was a crossover.

Particular attention was paid to the car's aerodynamics (Cx of only 0.296), weight optimisation (lightweight materials, laser welding, etc) and Michelin tyres with a low rolling resistance (derived from the Peugeot 308) are fitted to most versions.

At the heart of the Peugeot 3008's eco-efficiency, its six power trains feature the most advanced technologies in the market segment, both for petrol (with the 1.6 litre VTi and THP engines developed in co-operation with the BMW Group) and diesel versions (1.6 and 2.0 litre HDi fitted with a diesel particulate emission filter). Fuel consumption on the most eco-friendly version is therefore reduced to only 4.9 litres/100 km or 130 g/km of CO2.

In 2009, the Peugeot 3008 range will be as follows:

HDi FAP diesel:
1.6 litre HDi FAP 80 kW (110 bhp), 240 Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox - CO2: 137 g/km
1.6 litre HDi FAP 80 kW (110 bhp), 240 Nm, 6-speed electronically-controlled manual gearbox - CO2: 130 g/km
2.0 litre HDi FAP 110 kW (150 bhp), 340 Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox - Euro 5, CO2: 146 g/km
2.0 litre HDi FAP 120 kW (163 bhp), 340 Nm, 6-speed automatic gearbox - Euro 5, CO2: 176 g/km
Petrol:
1.6 litre VTi 88 kW (120 bhp), 160 Nm, 5-speed manual gearbox - Euro 5, CO2: 165 g/km
1.6 litre THP 110 kW (150 bhp), 240 Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox - CO2: 176 g/km, and the 1.6 litre
THP 115 kW (156 bhp), 240 Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox - Euro 5, CO2: 170 g/km
Finally, from 2011, the Peugeot 3008 will be the first vehicle in the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group to benefit from HYbrid4 technology, as unveiled on the Prologue HYbrid4 concept car at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. This technology, representing a real breakthrough in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions (in the order of a 35% reduction), it also allows four wheel drive thanks to front wheel drive provided by the HDi FAP diesel engine and rear wheel drive provided by an electric motor. The latter also allows an "all electric" drive mode, i.e. with zero emissions.

THE PEUGEOT 3008, A CROSSOVER YOU CAN FEEL SAFE IN

The Peugeot 3008 is designed to offer maximum safety in every respect:

primary safety is guaranteed by the high levels of road holding,
secondary safety is based on a particularly optimised structure (with three impact absorption structures or channels at the front and the fitment of Bogé impact absorbers) and efficient means of restraint (including six air bags),
tertiary safety is assured by the Peugeot Emergency service which can pinpoint the vehicle's location and dispatch emergency services in the event of an incident. This service, first launched in 2003, is available free of charge with the new WIP Com 3D telematic system available on the Peugeot 3008.
THE PEUGEOT 3008, A STATUS-ENHANCING CROSSOVER WITH AMBITIOUS QUALITY TARGETS

Based on the same processes first introduced with the launch of the 308, both perceived quality and driveability were made a priority during the design, development and manufacture of the Peugeot 3008.

For example, a major 3,000,000 kilometre on-road test programme is under way to gather information that will help to optimise the vehicle's quality at the time of its launch. Similarly, the number of quality control checks has been increased at each stage of production.

This constant drive for higher quality at all levels will also have a positive effect on the durability, reliability and running costs of the Peugeot 3008.

It will also have a direct effect on the "overall cost of ownership", an important factor for many owners and a crucial consideration for fleet buyers.

Running costs and the vehicle's residual value will also depend on the attractiveness of the car, its environmental efficiency and its repair costs, parameters for which the Peugeot 3008 has solid arguments in its favour.

THE PEUGEOT 3008, A CROSSOVER AVAILABLE IN A SIMPLE AND CLEAR RANGE

According to countries, the Peugeot 3008 range will be available in four trim levels. To offer the widest possible choice, it will be available in nine body colours and, according to trim level, two different ambiences: Tramontane (anthracite) or Guérande (bluish light grey). The latter come with cloth, leather or "integral leather" seats and fascia panel.

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