Peugeot Australia has confirmed the local launch for the new 3008 SUV will take place during the first quarter of 2017, introducing a chic new design and efficient engines to the increasingly-popular SUV segment.
Two engine options will be made available in Australia, including a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. Power outputs overseas state up to 121kW for the 1.6 and up to 132kW for the 2.0 diesel.
Both units have passed Euro 6 emissions regulations and both will come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission that has been co-developed with Aisin.
Underneath the new 3008 is the same lightweight and rigid EMP2 platform that underpins the award-winning 308 hatch. The platform is expected to help make the 3008 one of the more enjoyable drives in the SUV class.
Stepping inside, buyers will be treated to Peugeot’s new i-Cockpit layout, with a driver-skewed centre fascia, fully digital instrument cluster, and a large multimedia LCD in the centre stack. Speaking about the local launch, Kai Bruesewitz, Peugeot Australia general manager, said:
“With its all-new platform and drivetrains, combined with its French design and engineering, we are extremely excited about the all-new 3008 and believe that this is the Peugeot SUV Australians have been waiting for.”
Peugeot sales in Australia have dropped this year, with 1989 units sold so far (through July) compared with 2426 sales during the same seven-month period in 2015. However, the 2008 has reported a healthy 19.1 per cent increase in popularity compared with last year, effectively confirming buyers’ want for an SUV.
Local prices and finer specs for the 3008 will be announced closer to launch.