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Hydrid 3008 within two years

2009-02-18 07:18
Peugeot is putting the final touches on its 3008 Crossover in anticipation of the car’s showing at the Geneva motor show.

Based on the 308 platform, the 3008 attempts to straddle as many niches as possible, majoring as an MPV Crossover.

Beyond the geometric styling – which is uncharacteristically straight cut for a contemporary Peugeot – the new car features a host of dynamic driving aids.

If you loved Tom Cruise in Top Gun you'll be very taken up with the new heads-up display, until you drive and read it driving in the Karoo around midday...

Heads-up display – like cool, Iceman…

Chief amongst these is a five-stage traction control system and heads-up driver’s display, which is very Top Gun. The latter is only really useful in Europe though, where the sky is mostly grey and contrasts enough to make the yellow digital display legible.

Other options will include an ambient light friendly panoramic glass sunroof (which should scratch up effortlessly too) and electronic parking assist.

A split tailgate adds to its functionality, whilst the load space can be compartmentalised thanks for a floor that is adjustable to three positions. The capacity of 512l extends to 1 604l with the rear seats folded down.

Hybrid power

Powering the 3008 will be a range of five engines, three turbodiesels and two petrol options. The diesels range from a 1.6 HDI (79kW/240Nm) to 2.0 HDis in either 110kW or high-output 120kW trim, both units producing similar 340Nm torque peaks.

Petrol biased customer can take option on 1.6l engines - either naturally aspirated (88kW/160Nm) or turbocharged (110kW/240Nm).

When the 3008 Prologue concept was shown at the Paris motor show in October last year, is featured all-wheel drive technology, with the rear wheels driven by an electric motor. Peugeot says beyond endowing the 3008 with all-wheel drive, it cuts emission by 35% and will be available within two years.

Peugeot SA has said that, should the 3008 be offered in South Africa, it will become available here from the first quarter of 2010.

Radical, triangular rear headlights show off Peugeot's new, geometric styling direction. Glass roof is a neighbourhood street cricket accident waiting to happen though...

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