The French automaker is setting the record straight and now the second generation 3008 ditches the pseudo-MPV characteristics for a proper sport utility vehicle treatment.
We were treated to a rather revealing teaser and we can see it all comes to life in a new crossover that takes the revolutionary approach compared to the model it replaces. This is refreshing among so many evolutionary generations and the compact segment crossover is treated to PSA’s EMP2 platform which is also underneath the 308 – with the new SUV saving some 220 pounds (100 kilograms) compared to its predecessor, all the while being stretched by eight centimeters. Width and height are pretty much on par with the old 3008 but the ground clearance has grown to 22 cm in order to make the new generation a more rewarding off-roading experience. The design follows the lines introduced back in 2014 during the Paris Motor Show when the Quartz concept was first showcased.
With a more confident stylistic approach we now have a bolder SUV – maybe a match for the already crowded segment where popular choices such as the Kia Sportage / Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai, VW Tiguan, Renault Kadjar or Seat Ateca reside. Now the wheelbase has also grown by 62 mm to 2675 mm and the 3008 is more accommodating for passengers: 24 mm more rear legroom, while front and rear elbow room have surged by 7 mm and 4 mm, respectively. The different design is also paying dividends in terms of rear headroom (+ 36 mm) and the trunk has been enlarged by close to 90 liters (520 / 1580 liters). The cabin brings the second installment of the i-Cockpit. There’s a 12.3-inch entirely digital and customizable instrument cluster using five user-selectable view modes – and visibility has been improved because the steering has been placed lower and the upper side is almost flat. The infotainment department is handled by an eight-inch capacitive touchscreen, which should be more responsive according to the automaker.
And in a premiere, the French acoustics experts at Focal have decided to lend their expertise to a factory-fitted sound system with 10 speakers, subwoofer, and a 12-channel amplifier – with a total of 515 watts. The powertrain options are numerous and start with a 1.2L PureTech 130 gasoline engine mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox. There’s also the option to select a six-speed auto or the more powerful 1.6-liter petrol with 165 horsepower. The diesel choices are even more numerous: 1.6 HDI with 100 horsepower (five speed manual), with 120 HP (six manual and auto) as well as a 2-liter HDI with 150 HP (six manual) or 180 HP (six auto).