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The new Peugeot 3008 is full of French flair

Peugeot 3008 – International Launch

The all-new Peugeot 3008 is a real French Rev-olution.

I can clearly see this model is going to be a total game changer for a company that continues to inform us that it is moving the brand ‘upmarket’ on a regular basis.

Well, everything about this new 3008 SUV feels upmarket and, although I said last week I thought the new SEAT Ateca had a great chance of being crowned European Car of the Year – that was before I got behind the wheel of the 3008 this week on the international launch.

Unfortunately for potential buyers, the car won’t arrive on Irish shores until the end of January next year, but, believe me, it is worth waiting for.

The Hyundai Tucson has been the runaway leader this year as the best-selling car in the country, but this new 3008 has the potential to blow it out of the water.

Peugeot has decided to ditch the people-carrier styling of the outgoing model and make this into a proper SUV.

It’s bigger and definitely bolder than before.

Longer than the previous generation 3008 (4.45m /+8cm), the height is reduced to 1.62m (from 1.63m) while it retains its 1.84m width.

Up front the designers have done an exceptional job with stunning narrow halogen headlamps that give it a real sexy look, which is even further enhanced if you opt to go for the trim level with LED lights.

The rear, too, is chunky and bold and is highlighted by the company’s signature three-claw marks, which reminded me a little of the rear of the Ford Mustang.

But it’s inside where Peugeot has worked most of its magic, and where you will find one of the most spectacular and modern interiors I have ever come across.

For me, Audi was leap years ahead of the rest when it introduced its virtual cockpit.

However, Peugeot has now gone a step further with its latest i-Cockpit (apart from the fact it doesn’t have Google maps like Audi).

It features a large eight-inch touchscreen installed in the centre of the dashboard, which is even further enhanced by six piano-like toggle switches that control all the main functions.

Even better news is that this system will be fitted as standard to all models from entry level up.

Another highlight in the cabin is the amazing 12.3-inch high-resolution head-up instrument panel.

The graphics are amazing and you can choose between five different displays to toggle through your phone – sat nav, music etc.

Peugeot is offering five trim levels across the range – Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT.

Although prices have not been announced yet, I would expect it to be a tiny bit more expensive than the outgoing model (just north of €26k) considering all the bang for your buck you are getting in the new version.

Prices to upgrade between models should come in between €1,500 and €2,000, we hear.

On the engine front, the core sales in Ireland will probably come in the shape of the 1.6-litre 120bhp diesel.

However, if you don’t plan on doing that much mileage then there is a brilliant little 1.2-litre petrol engine on offer.

There is also a 2-litre diesel (150bhp) and a 100bhp 1.6-litre in the line-up.

If you fancy having a look at this for yourself – and believe me it’s well worth it – Peugeot Dealers will be hosting VIP previews from now until November 18, ahead of the commercial launch next January.

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