The French have taken the meaning of the expression “leap of progress” and transformed it into the new Peugeot E-3008, with which the third generation of the popular SUV will begin its journey.
The first Peugeot 3008 was a rather colorless and tasteless polymorphic, without great success. The second, from 2016, came to open a new page in Peugeot’s relationship with SUVs. It won the Car Of The Year award when it appeared on the market in 2017, and to this day it is no exaggeration to write that it matured like fine wine. Without surpassing the competition by a margin in any area, it succeeded in distinguishing itself as a car for every use: family, excursion, everyday or capable of long distances.
Upon hearing the news of a complete renewal of the model, expectations were rather “down to earth”, however the French factory had a different opinion. We drove the new generation in the context of Car Of The Year 2024, “in the ninety” of the voting that resulted in the seven finalists for this year’s title, and the result is already known. The “3008” threw some models off the list and entered the seven that will compete for the award on February 26, at the Geneva Motor Show.
In this first contact, on Spanish soil, we had at our disposal only purely electric versions, with which the model will be launched before its range also acquires a hybrid version, with the 1,200 petrol engine of the group with 136 hp. However, it was not the “electric motor/s-battery” dichotomy that “won over” the COTY committee members. It’s the depth where Peugeot has put the knife to the bone, having practically risked changing literally everything on an admittedly excellent car. Radically different appearance inside and out, new approach to handling, almost new positioning in the market. And the best; The result is impressive.
Peugeot E-3008: Restart
The new “3008”, having been an MPV for seven years and an SUV, is now considered a crossover, with a liftback design. Many foreign words, all because of the orders of the time, which on the one hand requires distance from the ground, so a crossover, and on the other an ideal aerodynamic approach, hence the “cutting” of the liftback tail. The result is visually impressive, which is probably due to the sharp edges at the rear of the body.
The ‘3008’ is the group’s first model based on the new STLA Medium platform, which offers great autonomy (capable of accepting batteries up to 98 kWh) and can accommodate C and D models as well as a host of drivetrains . Adopting 400V electric circuit, STLA Medium will be able to ensure consumption even below 14 kWh/100 km, as well as charging time from 20% to 80% in 30 minutes, with a charging rate of 2.4 kWh per minute. Cars based on this platform will be front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, with power from 157 to 285 kW.
Thanks to this data, the electric “3008” comes in three variants, with its basic front-wheel drive version “wearing” the smaller 73 kWh battery and delivering 157 kW (213 hp) with 343 Nm of torque. The factory announces 525 kilometers of autonomy, something not impossible, as we found out in our first contact in Barcelona, where the consumption did not exceed 14.4 kWh. The next version, Long Range, is equipped with a 231 hp electric motor and the largest battery of 98 kWh, which ensures a range of 700 kilometers, while in terms of performance, the four-wheel drive “3008” is at the top.
It is the Dual Motor version, which due to the addition of the extra motor at the back is equipped with the smallest battery (73 kWh) and produces a total of 240 kW (326 hp – 157 kW front and 83 kW rear) and 343+166 Nm of torque. Its autonomy amounts accordingly to 525 kilometers.
With this version, the introduction to the E-3008 began, with four-wheel drive pre-production models being driven around the track. The feel in the controlled environment of the track is impressive and mainly has to do with the robustness of the chassis. The battery in the car’s floor keeps the center of gravity low, the suspension is firm and keeps lean to a minimum, the steering has lost a bit of feel compared to the current model, but it’s quick – although the small diameter and flattened sections in the top and bottom of it force the driver to shift his hands frequently.
The two engines distribute their torque so perfectly between the two axles that, even when you provoke it, the “3008” hardly goes off track. Without having formed a picture of the Dual Motor’s behavior on the road (it will be launched ten months after the front-wheel drive), we choose the smaller front-wheel drive for the city, with a fair dose of country network and motorway.
Upon entering the car, the 21-inch screen of the new -Panoramic as it is now called- i-Cockpit wins the impressions. The screen is high-resolution and seems to float above the dashboard, while the image is completed by the small steering wheel and i-Toggles touch buttons, which provide the possibility of customization, giving quick access to ten functions that the car owner will choose .
Depending on the version, the E-3008 also has a head-up display, while in any case the quality of the materials is upgraded, both in the minimal aesthetic dashboard and on the sides of the doors. In terms of comfort, the slope of the rear roof has no significant consequences for the passenger space, since the rear seat is placed low enough to leave air for their heads.
Also, placing the rear axle fairly close to the 4.54m body finish (2.73m wheelbase) has played a role in the satisfactory (class average) rear leg air, with no significant impact on the luggage space (520 liters), which, however, is not suitable for bulky items.
On the road, the basic version maintains characteristics of homogeneity according to the four-wheel drive, with clearly milder performance, of course. However, the torque of the electric motor is absolutely proportional to the character of the model, able to “unhook” it briskly in an acceleration, regardless of the driving program (Normal, Eco, Sport).
And here the robustness of the frame-suspension is a key feature, as are the high grip margins, with the Michelins at some point squealing and the two-wheeled “3008” eventually understeer if pushed into a tight turn, but characteristically easily controlled, since its good weighting and the low center of gravity limit sudden load changes.
The brake pedal has that characteristic spongy feel of electric motors, but it’s effective, and furthermore Peugeot, instead of the single ‘B’ mode, has opted for three kinetic energy recovery programs, selected via the paddles. We’d like a slightly larger diameter steering wheel, as this takes away from the driver’s view of the instrument panel, however, the 10 million i-Cockpits sold to date seem to confirm that it’s ‘liked’. In addition, the high driving position defines a comfortable environment, which is further enhanced by the complete absence of aerodynamics or rollover noise.
Peugeot E-3008: The daredevil
Among other things, the new E-3008 has to deal with the weight of the jersey. If you consider that the previous generation classified 1.32 million units in the seven years it has been on sale, you will realize that the expectations can only be high. Perhaps this is also the reason for the existence of the hybrid version, as expected the electric models will be launched with significantly higher prices in the markets.
Speaking exclusively of these, this is the most impressive arrival in the category. The distinctive exterior design with its sloping roof and muscular proportions “extends” to the fully upgraded interior and is sealed with an excellent handling that, depending on the engine and battery, can change the character of the model. In Greece, the new Peugeot E-3008 is expected in about six months, in two versions (Allure and GT)._ E. X.
POWER: 213 hp/ rpm >TORQUE: 345 Nm/rpm >DRIVE: Front wheels >TRANSMISSION: Single ratio >BATTERY: 73 kWh >FRONT SUSPENSION: MacPherson struts >REAR SUSPENSION: Multi-link >L.xW.xH.: 4,542×1,895×1,641 mm. >WHEEL BASE: 2,739 mm >LUGGAGE SPACE: 520 liters >WEIGHT: 2,108 kg >0-100 KM/H: 8.8 seconds >TOP SPEED: 170 km/h >AVERAGE CONSUMPTION: 16.7 kWh/100 km >AYTONOMIA: 527 km >CHARGING 20%-80% (AC): 4 hours 30 minutes (11 kW) >CHARGING 20% -80% (DC): 30 minutes (kW)