Paris premiere for

new Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008, 2017, front
Peugeot 3008, 2017, side
Peugeot 3008, 2017, interior
Peugeot 3008, 2017, grille
Peugeot 3008, 2017, side, action
Peugeot 3008, 2017, rear
Peugeot 3008, 2017, reveal
Peugeot 3008, 2017, boot
Peugeot 3008, 2017, automatic gear lever
Peugeot 3008, 2017, tail lamps
Peugeot 3008, 2017, switches
Peugeot 3008, 2017, electric scooter

SHARP styling has become a trait of Peugeot's rejuvenated line up and the latest model to get the trendy treatment is the all new 3008 SUV.

Dubbed the most sophisticated Peugeot to date, the new 3008 will be on the road early next year.

Hot on the heels of the recently revamped 2008 compact SUV, the 3008 continues the style offensive with much more aggressive body lines all round and a stand-out radiator grille decorated with studded brightwork.

But it is on the inside where the new 3008 makes a mark by becoming the first model to feature Peugeot's new high tech i-Cockpit which is centred on two high definition displays - one replacing the instrument panel and the other centrally mounted in the dashboard for the sat nav and the car's other onboard systems.

A bank of touch sensitive switches controls sits across the central control panel and the cabin is decked out with ambient lighting at night and can be characterised even further with a fragrance diffuser which dispenses three different aromas to suit your mood.

A new-look steering wheel, flattened top and bottom and smaller than normal, is a dominant feature for the driver - but it feels good to the touch and so does the ergonomically shaped gear lever on models fitted with automatic transmissions.

The new 3008 is more than three inches longer than the current model and offers more space in side.

Boot capacity has also been increased significantly and is 90 litres bigger than before at 520 litres stretching to a maximum of 1,580 litres - some 20 per cent more.

There is also a fold-flat seating set up and the car can carry narrow objects - such as skis - up to three metres in length.

Other practical features include a power operated tailgate, a lower rear sill to help loading and a moveable boot floor panel which can also be used to slide in large or heavy objects.

Peugeot will be using its new generation PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines in the new 3008 with emissions as low as 100 g/km for the diesels which equates to more than 70mpg.

High tech systems include Apple, Android and MirrorLink smartphone connectivity while the navigation programme uses TomTom Traffic services which not only relay warnings about snarl ups and the like but can also show the price of fuel at nearby filling stations or the availability of parking spaces.

And to help keep people on the move after their destination has been reached, Peugeot has designed the 3008 to be able to carry an electric scooter which folds away into the boot, charges up inside the car and has a potential range of 7.5 miles.

As with the current 3008 the new model is fitted with Peugeot's Grip Control system which uses electronics to maximise traction over poor surfaces giving the car near full-blown 4x4 ability but without the penalty of increasing fuel consumption.

Modifications have been made to help the new 3008 tackle steeper inclines and at speeds slower than before - lower than walking pace if required to give drivers added confidence in nasty conditions.

The new 3008, which Peugeot revealed at a private viewing in Paris, will have its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October and is due to be on the road in Britain next January.

Prices and further specifications are expected to be announced around the time of the show.

The present model - which became the French car maker's first crossover when it was launched eight years ago - is currently priced from £17,475 to almost £28,000.

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