The Peugot 3008 is classified as a compact crossover and was first introduced to the public in May of 2008 by French carmaker Peugot. The 3008 was displayed in public in Dubrovnik, Croatia and was launched in April of 2008. Even though the overall styling of this vehicle has received a significant amount of criticism, it has been praised by a number of publications since its launch. British motoring magazine “What Car?” gave this vehicle the Car of the Year award in 2010, and it received the Semperit Irish Car of the Year award in Ireland as well.
The HDi FAP engine was initially introduced with the Peugot 607 in 2000 in a world debut, and the particles filter system it uses has become a standard feature in markets throughout the world. This design has been applied to a majority of Peugot HDi diesel engines. The HDi FAP engine reduces fuel consumption and is a more economical option that some of the diesel engines that have been used in these vehicles in the past. The overall performance of these engines is remarkable and is largely due to the constant atomization of the diesel fuel.
The 206 1.6 liter HDi 70 horsepower 5-speed manual gearbox has a combined fuel economy of 4.3 liter/113 g, and the the 206 1.9 liter D 70 horsepower with a manual 5-speed gearbox has a mixed fuel economy of 5.5 liter/114 g. Both the 3008 Exclusive and Allure models have a Head Up Display, which is able to project a reading onto a small Perspex-like screen that is located in front of the primary windshield area in front of the driver. This reading includes a distance alert, warning the driver if they get too close to the car in front of them, as well as displaying details for Cruise Control or the Speed Limiter.
There was also a hybrid version of the Peugot 3008 called the Hybrid4, which was launched in February of 2012 and is the first mass-produced diesel-electric hybrid in the entire world. The crossover hybrid from Peugot has four different operating modes, including Auto (the electronics in the vehicle automatically control the system), ZEV (all-electric version), four-wheel drive mode, and sport, which comes with higher than normal engine speeds. There is also a 200v nickel-metal hydride battery pack located in the near of the vehicle.
The reason that there is no direct history for this Peugot is because it is truly the first of its kind and is a very exciting proposition for consumers and critics alike. There is, however, some subtle signs of the 404, 504, and 505 estate models that can be found in this vehicle if you look closely enough. And while this vehicle does offer all-wheel drive, that is far from the most exciting thing about the Peugot 3008. This car is definitely appealing to consumers because it is a lightweight, eco-friendly, fuel-efficient SUV, which is unlike anything that has ever been seen before.
While the 3008 will certainly have its fair share of flaws, there are also a lot of great things about it to look forward to. The sleek exterior design of this vehicle combined with its lightweight body and almost futuristic electric/gasoline-powered design is an interesting and unique idea that has finally become a reality. Those who are searching for an eco-friendly SUV that doesn’t weigh a ton with reasonable gas mileage will find that the 3008 may be the answers to their prayers. Even though the new version of this vehicle has yet to be released, it is highly anticipated and for good reason.