FRANCE’S NEW ‘WOW – JUST LOOK AT THAT! WAGON: Peugeot’s 2016 3008 SUV, based on the 306 and 308 launched earlier in the year, is in our view the best-looking in its sector. Image: Peugeot (Video version of the Peugeot 3008 launch)
PARIS, France – Peugeot has-unveiled what it describes as not only the king of its SUV fleet but also its “most dynamic and exclusive” – the 3008 GT.
The car is due in South Africa in the first quarter of 2017, following the 308 sedans which by then will have arrive a year earlier.
“It’s a truly modern expression of driving pleasure,” Peugeot says, “and intended for aesthetes looking for a new driving experience.”
The range will have the diesel two-litre BlueHDi 180 and a series of specific attributes as well as the optional unique and distinctive “Coupe Franche” paint design.
From its launch the 3008 has had a simple and transparent range for all its customers consistent with the brand’s strategy of moving up the range based on:
- Three mainstream trim-levels (Access, Active, Allure)
- GT Line trim-level
- GT version
The GT is the 3008 SUV’s top-of-the-range dynamic proposition (though, Peugeot says, “perfectly usable day-to-day”) and is intended “for driving enthusiasts craving sophistication” with an assertive style, an interior that includes the new Peugeot i-Cockpit, high-tech equipment and “some sporty and exclusive touches”. (Watch video feature on the iCockpit)
The GT version of the 3008 has:
- A highly-efficient and exclusive engine – the two-litre BlueHDi 180 – combined with an electronic auto gearbox. It’s the most powerful 3008.
- A more sporty appearance, with fender flares, 19″ 235/50 tyres and two-tone diamond-cut Boston wheel rims – the tyres only available for the GT.
- Finely crafted and technologically diode headlights and indicators.
- Exclusive paint jobs – a Black Diamond two-tone roof or “Coupe Franche” dual-colour paint using three of the range’s colours (two greys and copper). Though still having a black rear end, the GT Coupe Franche “adds exclusive connotations and identifies it with Peugeot’s know-how”.
- Specific exterior design elements and a refined and sporty cabin.
Peugeot’s i-Cockpit is in each 3008 SUV and described by the automaker as having “a spectacular, extremely technologically advanced, dashboard”.
“From the first level of finish,” it adds, “the on-board experience is enhanced by the rich interior and the modern, almost futuristic, driver’s compartment.
“Meticulous attention to detail by the GT’s designers has produced something extremely refined and elegant; a rejection of ostentatious, flashy, design for something more discreet and high-end.”
That includes copper double top-stitching on the facia, door trim panels and centre armrests. The seats have a mix of three materials – one of them Alcantara – or full leather is an option. The steering-wheel bears a GT logo in chromed steel, the rim leather but also with copper top-stitching.
Genuine oak trim is used on the facia and door panels.
More exclusive touches in the GT’s cabin include chromed satin steel, stainless-steel pedals, footrest and front-door sills, floor mats with copper stitching and black roof trim and window uprights.
The digital display follows the copper scheme. It controls, on the GT, dynamic settings (Driver Sport pack), intensity of lighting, screen displays, configuration of the acoustic environment, release of fragrances and the possibility of multi-point massage in the front seats.
The sport utility profile, Peugeot explains, “is highlighted by a stainless-steel frame for the rear quarter-light and window trim finish”.
The belt line claims to give the car a lower, more dynamic, look than most of its competitors and the profile, with widened wheel arches, 19″ alloy rims, slender streamlined aluminium roof bars and a copper GT monogram on the front wing “is impressive!
Diode lighting under each external mirror shells projects the Peugeot lion to the ground.
The rear, in addition to GT badging, has double chromed exhaust pipes on each side of the bumper. “These stylistic elements,” Peugeot says, “are perfectly integrated, giving an air of chic and elegant sportiness.”
Peugeot’s strategy since the beginning of 2015, has been to move upmarket with a combination of dynamic styling and stronger engines; that concept led to the creation of the GT Line trim level “which adds a remarkable finish with strong personality and engines”.
“After the 108, 208, 2008 (SUV), 308 and 508,” the automaker says, “it is 3008’s turn to benefit from this attractive, sporty, trim level on its entire range of engines – with the exception of the 1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S and 2.0 BlueHDi 180 S&S, reserved for the GT.
The ‘GT Line’ derived, says Peugeot, “from the highly-specified (level 3) Allure model, has visual attributes from the GT such as:
- GT Line logo on the front wings and tailgate.
- Specific front bumper with diode lights and GT grille.
- Stainless-steel quarterlight finishers and weather strips.
- Chromed double exhaust.
- Black Diamond roof.
- “Coupe Franche” paint option in three colours with black
- GT Line trim and the option of 18″ two-tone diamond cut alloy rims.
- Black door mirror shells (they’re chromed on the GT.
“With the GT and GT Line,” Peugeot says, “the 3008 SUV displays its intent to provide its occupants with dynamic sensations in a chic and refined setting.”