The new 2017 Peugeot 3008 GT range-topper has been revealed for the car maker’s new small SUV this week, along with a sports-styled GT-Line variant.
The new flagship GT’s unveiling follows the May debut of the wider 3008 range, which introduced buyers to a more conventional SUV-like design in place of the jacked-up hatch styling of the outgoing model.
In GT form, the 3008 is powered by the same 133kW/400Nm ‘BlueHDI 180’ 2.0-litre turbo diesel available with the 308 GT models. But, unlike the 308, this powered-up SUV won’t also be offered with a petrol alternative.
The 3008 GT’s diesel heart is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, and stop/start technology is also standard.
Also unique to the GT in the 3008 range are a set of 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/50/R19 rubber, and the same two-tone colourway concept that first appeared with the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary and is also available with the 308 GTi 270 hatch.
Although not official, the colour theme’s appearance on this ‘lesser’ GT model suggests we won’t see a more powerful GTi variant join the range.
Other mechanical details for the 3008 GT are still to come, although it is likely that Peugeot Sport has blessed the SUV with some light sports-tuned chassis and steering tricks.
Performance and fuel figures are likewise still to be confirmed.
Inside, the 3008 GT gets the same new i-Cockpit technology system that debuted with the regular range, although a special copper tone has been applied to the display graphics and to the highlight stitching through the cabin.
A thicker-rimmed and silver-accented version of the 3008’s steering wheel is also featured for a more sporting look. Peugeot describes a “contoured” shape to the nappa leather-trimmed seats, although it is unclear if this means buyers can expect a more firmly bolstered position.
The GT model will be joined by a GT-Line trim grade at the top level of the regular 3008 range, adding sports styling to the high-spec Allure model.
Those tricks include a sports front bumper with full LED lights and the GT grille, along with stainless-steel finishers and weather strips at the quarters.
There’s also a chrome-finished twin-tip exhaust, ‘Black Diamond’ roof, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps (the GT gets chrome caps) and three two-tone paint options.
Inside there’s a similar set-up to the GT model, with the same steering wheel, Alcantara-trimmed seats and satin chrome highlights.
The 3008 GT range will make its Australian debut in the first half of 2017, but the GT and GT-Line models are still to be confirmed.
“While we are still negotiating the final model and drivetrain line-up we believe the 3008 GT and GT-Line suit the Australian market and customer tastes, and we are hopeful of securing the model as part of the all-new model range for 2017,” said Peugeot Australia general manager, Kai Bruesewitz.