Peugeot has announced a completely new model, the 3008 crossover.
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As the crossover designation suggests, the Peugeot 3008 is an attempt to combine several different existing categories of car (is it an estate, a , , or possibly an SUV?) in order to attract a wider range of customers.
It features a number of new technologies, and promises to be available as a diesel hybrid within two years.
Peugeot 3008 features
As well as featuring plenty of passenger space for five, the interior of the 3008 is notable for the introduction of a ‘head-up display’ to a Peugeot for the first time.
This projects important information – such as speed – onto a screen ahead of the driver, so it is easier for them to check and keep their eyes firmly on the road.
This can be combined with a ‘Distance Alert’ system that warns you if you are getting too close to the car in front, while the top-end air-conditioning systems have an ‘Air Quality Sensor’ that automatically switches to recirculation if high levels of outside pollution are detected.
Engines for the 3008 include 1.6-litre petrols and diesels, plus a new 2.0-litre turbodiesel with as much as 163bhp. It is this engine that featured in the concept version of this car shown at last year’s .
Called the Prologue Hybrid 4, this also debuted the forthcoming hybrid system, which works by adding electric motor power to the rear wheels – turning the 3008 into a four-wheel drive machine while still reducing emissions by ‘around 35%’.
The 3008 is intended to be a lifestyle vehicle for outdoors types, and as such comes with a split tailgate strong enough to sit on, and a five-stage traction control system for dealing with slippery surfaces.
The Peugeot 3008 will be available in the UK later this year. Pricing and full specification details to be revealed nearer the time.
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