Friday, October 28, 2016

Peugeot 3008: From MPV to SUV

Like the Peugeot 301 and 508 which have become household names in Nigeria, Peugeot Automobiles has another joker for its Nigerian customers. The new 3008 which was unveiled at the just concluded Paris Motor show has sent tongue wagging with its array of innovations, especially with its transformation from multi-purpose vehicle to Sport Utility vehicle.
As if Peugeot has the Nigerian roads in mind, it has turned the 3008 to a class benchmark in all ramifications, be it off road capability, fuel economy, design, comfort, safety and overall performance. The Paris Motor show which ended in this October was a special occasion for Peugeot.

Peugeot 3008, which was earlier launched as an MPV, made its debut at the Paris motor show in October as a full blown Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). By the first look, the car looks great with a raised ride height, long bonnet body cladding and roof bars. All these indicate that the car is more practical than before.
To add some style quotient to 3008 there is a wide grille, LED lights, sculpted bonnet and a floating roof line. The car also comes with 18-inch wheels giving the car a muscular look.
The interior of Peugeot 3008 looks like a futuristic design with Peugeot’s latest i-Cockpit design. The new cockpit is easily accessible by Driver as well as the passenger. There is an 8-inch  high-resolution screen compatible with both Android auto and Apple Car-Play.
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The 12.3 inches centre screen can also be used as sat-nav, media info and conventional dials. It is not as if this is the first in segment, what makes this interior different is how everything compliments each other.
Peugeot 3008 will be available in a series of engines in both petrol and diesel variants. In petrol variant, there is 2 engine option 1.2-litre PureTech and 1.6-litre unit. 1.2-litre unit produces around 128bhp of power and is available in both six-speed manual and automatic gearbox. 1.6-litre produces 163bhp of power and it is only available in the automatic gearbox.
The 1.6-litre diesel variant produces 99bhp and 118bhp and it is available in both manual six-speed and automatic gearbox. There is also a 2.0-litre engine variant which produces 148bhp and 178bhp. Both of these engines are available in both manual and automatic gearbox.
Since 3008 is now targeted as an SUV, it is equipped with grip control. This will help the car to tackle mud, bad road and sand. It is also fitted with off-road tyres and hill descent control. The new 3008 is also based on EMP2 platform that helps the car to save weight. In fact the new 3008 will be 100kgs lighter than the outgoing one. This weight saving also means improved fuel economy and lower carbon emission.
Peugeot’s new 3008 enters the SUV sector’s C-segment with a range which includes sporty GT and GT Line versions. Produced in Sochaux, France, the new model will be launched around the world following the Paris Motor Show.
Beside the 3008, PAN Nigeria, which is the official representative of Peugeot in Nigeria, has made a strong showing in recent times with the Peugeot 301 and the 508, which are locally assembled in the PAN plant in Kaduna, and making waves on the Nigerian market.

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