2017 Peugeot 3008 small SUV

The Peugeot 3008 small SUV was originally planned to launch in Australia around mid 2017 but will now arrive well into the third quarter, due to the popularity of this model in Europe with orders in excess of 60000 in the first three months after its launch. The 3008 debuted more than a year ago in Europe and won the 2017 European Car of the Year industry award, taking took the prize from much-fancied competitors such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S90/V90. The award is judged by 58 automotive journalists from 22 countries across Europe, and the competitive set comprised of any vehicle introduced from the start of 2016 to the end of that year. Based on its success in Europe – this model may well become a best-seller in Australia.

Built on the same platform as the 308 hatchback, the Australian 3008 range will likely consist of four models: an entry-level Active, mid-spec Allure, higher-end GT Line and a flagship 3008 GT.

Lower-end 3008s will likely use a version of the 1.2-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol which has received local praise, especially for its application in the compact 2008 SUV. In the 2008 it makes 81kW but the 3008 will receive the uprated 100kW version.

From there, a mid-level 3008 will likely specify with a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol producing about 125kW. A 1.6-litre diesel is available, but the automatic version produces just 91kW and thus is unlikely for Australia.

The flagship 3008 GT will be diesel-powered, though, making 133kW from its 2.0-litre BlueHDi mill – placing the GT in square competition with the Tiguan’s 140kW TDI engine and the Mazda’s 129kW diesel CX-5.

The 3008 is front-wheel-drive only with no all-wheel-drive offering.

The interior features a high-set instrument panel This model will be and a low-slung small diameter steering wheel, with customisable digital dials. The 3008 makes substantial technological gains, introducing a new generation of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit concept, which now includes a fully digital driver’s display which can display navigation maps – which should be standard across the range. A floating infotainment screen sits on a dash which wraps around the driver. Materials around the cabin appear to be high-quality – a mix of soft-touch plastics, suede, and even felt-like material feature on the dashboard.