Peugeot 3008 (2009): first picturesThu, 15 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0800
By Ben Pulman
First Official Pictures
15 January 2009 09:59
These are the first pictures of the Peugeot 3008 crossover, just released by the French manufacturer. It looks almost identical to the Prologue Hybrid 4 concept unveiled at the 2008 Paris motor show and, significantly, the production 3008 will be Peugeot’s first hybrid vehicle. It also features a head-up display and a Land Rover Terrain Response-rivalling Grip Control system.
Peugeot is promising (although only by 2011) a hybrid version of the 3008, with the normal engine up front driving the front wheels and a rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels, making the 3008 hybrid a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Peugeot promises a reduction in CO2 emissions of about 35%, yet there is no mechanical connection between the front engine and rear motor so passenger space shouldn’t be affected. Regular versions of the 3008 remain front-wheel drive, with no plans for a four-wheel drive version.
Peugeot has yet to confirm whether the 3008 hybrid will be petrol or diesel, though an oil-burner is more likely. The Paris Prologue concept car featured a 2.0-litre diesel with 163bhp and 221lb ft, mated to an electric motor with 37bhp and 148lb ft, and claimed to do 68.9mpg while only puffing out 109g/km CO2. But a sleek petrol hybrid saloon was also shown.
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By Ben Pulman