While the world's automotive attention was focused on the Detroit show, Peugeot has quietly revealed its 3008 crossover SUV in Europe.
Quiet reveal for crossover Pug
Virtually unchanged from the Prologue concept shown at last year's Paris Motor Show, the 3008 fills yet another niche in a continually expanding Peugeot line-up.
At the front, the family genes are evidenced by the streamlined head lights and prominent leonine badge. The single grille creates an illusion of this being an SUV although Peugeot has chosen to go with the "crossover" label.
At the rear, the shoulder line blends into the triangular light cluster with its LED bulbs, while the split tailgate adds to its functionality.
The load space can be compartmentalised thanks for a floor that is adjustable to three positions. The capacity of 512 litres extends to 1 604 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Peugeot compares the cabin to an aircraft cockpit with a fascia that is uncluttered and a greenhouse that offers clear views of the outside world.
New systems include head-up display and distance alert functions. Bi-xenon head lights, parking assistance, cruise control, tyre pressure monitor and a full range of telematics and in-car entertainment options are also provided.
Safety equipment includes six airbags and Isofix child seat mountings for the two outer rear seats.
Suspension is via a McPherson-like arrangement at the front and a rear torsion beam - both linked to anti-roll bars.
Engines on offer for the European market include a 1.6-litre THP petrol engine and a new 2.0-litre HDI turbodiesel engine.
Peugeot SA has said that, should the 3008 be offered in South Africa, it will become available here from the first quarter of 2010.