Peugeot 3008 Crossover: a Hatchback, an MPV and an SUV Rig

Showcased in Paris last year as the T84, the new 3008 is the new hatchback-SUV crossover by small car maker, Peugeot. The car uses elements from an SUV, hatchback and MPV to form a unique ‘French Transformer.’

The 3008 has a vertically stretched grille to match the car’s tall, beefy stance, giving it the look of an SUV. The crossover Peugeot has large window areas, and even an optional glass roof that floods the cabin with light.

Inside the car is an innovative Multiflex interior that allows the rear seats and front passenger seat to fold down and provide a perfect flat loading area with a capacity for 1,604-litres of luggage. There are even hi-tech doodads like a fighter-jet-style head up display and a radar-controlled distance alert to help the driver maintain a safe distance from other vehicles while driving.

Peugeot has installed Dynamic Roll Control to the rear suspension, keeping unwanted body-roll minimized and making the car drive more like a hatchback than a MPV.

Peugeot buyers have a choice of engines, including three types of diesel, the most economical being the 1.6 HDi 110, which emits just 130g/km of CO2 and a fuel efficiency of 58mpg. Petrol engine options consist of a 1.6-litre in either naturally aspirated or turbocharged form.

Interestingly, the 3008 will become the first hybrid Peugeot by 2011. The diesel-electric powertrain will use an electric motor to power the rear wheels and the diesel engine to power the front wheels, improving fuel economy by 35 percent.

Hitting UK showrooms this summer, the 3008 is expected to command a premium of about 1000 UK pounds over the equivalent 308 hatchback models. Peugeot is also readying a new seven-seat MPV based on the same platform, coming out in 2010.

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