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Down Under priced Peugeot 3008 hints at what SA could expect


Due to make its local debut this week, Peugeot's Australian division has announced pricing details of the 3008 crossover, hinting at what South Africans could expect from lion brand's new offering.

Based on the PSA Group's EMP2 platform that will also underpin the Opel Crossland X due in South Africa later this year, Europe's 2017 Car of the Year measures 4 447 mm in overall length with a height of 1 624 mm, wheelbase of 2 675 mm and width of 1 826 mm.

Tipping the scales at 100 kg less than its predecessor, Peugeot also claims a 24 mm improvement in rear legroom, 17 mm and four mm in rear and front elbow room respectively, and 36 mm in headroom with boot space rated at 520-litres or 1 580-litres with the rear seats folded down.

For Australia, the 3008 will be offered in four trim levels with the base Active featuring the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating 3D navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, one-touch all around electric windows, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Alert, programmable cruise control, stability and traction control, front and rear parking sensors and a reverse camera.

Moving one up, the Allure adds 18-inch alloy wheels, 360-degree camera system, folding mirrors, keyless entry, push button start and City Park automatic braking, while the next step up GT-Line gets full LED headlights and foglights, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Active Lane Keep Assist, Active Blind Spot Detection, perforated leather GT-Line badged steering wheel and two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels.

Rounding the range off, the GT boasts 19-inch alloys, leather seats, Alcantara dash and door panels, satin steel inserts, chrome mirror shells and heated seats with memory function.

Power-wise, the 3008 comes equipped with a single e-THP turbo-petrol and BlueHDI turbodiesel, with the former displacing 1.6-litres and producing 121 kW and 240 Nm. Available exclusively on the GT, the 2.0-litre BlueHDI churns out 133 kW and 380 Nm of torque, with both paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.0-litres/100 km for the petrol and 4.8-litres/100 km for the diesel, with emissions at 156 g/km and 124 g/km.

Prices Down Under start at $36 990 (R390 992) for the Active and rise to $49 490 (R523 120) for the GT.

Predictions for South Africa

While it remains to be seen what creature comforts and indeed safety tech Peugeot South Africa makes available for the 3008, expect the biggest difference to be inclusion of a six-speed manual gearbox, and a smaller 1.2-litre e-THP three-cylinder petrol developing 96 kW and 230 Nm.

The smaller 1.6 BlueHDI with outputs of 74 kW and 88 kW, as well as a 110 kW 2.0-litre BlueHDI, is however not expected to form part of the local 3008 line-up. Based on its Aussie cousin's pricing, expect the 3008's local sticker price to commence at around R400 000.

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