Peugeot’s mid-sized 3008 SUV is getting a mid-cycle enhancement, as these leaked images show. The updated model is expected to be revealed later this year.
User VLud on Forum-Peugeot.com posted these images, which were reportedly sourced from Peugeot infotainment firmware.
They reveal the 3008 will adopt new front-end styling that draws it closer to the latest 208, 2008 and 508 models.
As on those models, there are bold, LED “tusks” that plunge from the headlights down to the bumper. These contain the indicators and daytime running lights.
Gone is the spear element of the current car (above right) that partially bisects the headlights, with the headlights now featuring a more conventional shape. They flow into a grille which now has more individual metal elements than before, while there’s also a restyled front bumper.
There are far fewer changes elsewhere on the 3008’s exterior, with the current car’s handsome derriere remaining much the same, down to the darkened tail light assemblies.
Inside, the touchscreen for the infotainment system appears to have grown. The current car uses an 8.0-inch screen with a thicker bezel, while this appears to be a 10-inch unit.
Otherwise, the attractive cabin appears to be the same, down to the cool blue ambient lighting, polarising steering wheel, and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
It hasn’t been confirmed whether there’ll be any powertrain changes with the mid-cycle update. The 3008 is currently available here with a choice of two engines: a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 121kW of power and 240Nm of torque and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four producing 133kW of power and 400Nm of torque.
Peugeot Citroen Australia has said it’s moving towards electrification and looking at plug-in hybrids first, which makes the 3008 GT Hybrid4 plug-in hybrid (above) a possibility for the local line-up.
In contrast to the local 3008 range, which is front-wheel drive only, the GT Hybrid4 is all-wheel drive. It features an 80kW electric motor on the rear axle and 13.2kWh battery pack, working in conjunction with the regular 3008’s 1.6-litre petrol engine.
Total system output is 221kW, with a claimed 50km of electric range and a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds.
The current, second-generation 3008 was launched in Australia in mid-2017. With more conventional SUV styling than its MPV-esque predecessor, it became Peugeot’s best-selling vehicle here.
Last year, Peugeot sold 1072 examples. That was just over twice as many units as the brand’s next best seller, the three-row 5008 SUV, with which it shares the EMP2 platform.
Nevertheless, the 3008 was still one of the lower volume offerings in the mid-sized SUV segment – Renault sold more than two times as many of its Koleos while Ford sold more than three times as many of its Escape.