Declared European Car of the Year in March, the new 2018 3008 arrives as a dramatically restyled replacement for the dowdy first-generation model that was never popular here. No doubt, Peugeot's new Australian distributor, Inchcape, will be hoping the new model's proper SUV styling will help it move many more cars.
In Australia, the made-in-France 2018 Peugeot 3008 will be offered in four trim grades, with a pair of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and one 'EAT6' six-speed automatic transmission. Both get a Stop&Start idle-stop system to reduce fuel use in traffic.
The range will open with the familiar Active from $36,990 before on-road costs, moving through to the Allure, GT Line and GT models. The Active will also be offered with a limited-time 'launch special' drive-away price of $39,990.
Engine options will include a 1.6-litre 'THP 165' turbo petrol engine for the Active, Allure and GT Line, offering 121kW of power (at 6000rpm) and 240Nm of torque - the latter coming on stream from 1400rpm.
The 2.0-litre 'BlueHDi 180' turbo diesel, available with the GT model only, will offer 133kW (at 3750rpm) and 400Nm, with peak torque available from 2000rpm.
Regardless of trim grade, the petrol engine lists fuel use at 7.0L/100km on the combined cycle, while the diesel cuts that number to 4.8L/100km. CO2 emissions are listed at 156g/km and 124g/km respectively. Both engines are compliant with Euro 6 emissions standards.
The new 3008 is built on the same EMP2 architecture that underpins the 308 hatch and other Peugeot Citroen models, and weight has been reduced by around 100kg when compared to the outgoing model. Local variants weigh in at around 1375kg in petrol form (depending on trim grade) and 1540kg for the diesel.
Suspension is by MacPherson struts at the front and a twist-beam design at the rear.
Interestingly, the new 3008 is available only in front-wheel drive, although Peugeot says it can accommodate lightweight off-roading through its optional Advanced Grip Control, with Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand and ESP Off features, along with Hill Assist Descent Control on steep slopes.
For those daring a quick launch, Peugeot says the petrol 3008 will get from standstill to 100km/h in 9.9 seconds, with the more powerful diesel getting there a full second quicker at 8.9 seconds.
Braked towing capacity is 600kg for the petrol models and 1700kg for the diesel.
The GT will be the preferred option for those needing more get-up-and-go or greater towing capability, but at $49,490 before on-road cost, the ask is not small.
The new 3008 measures 4.45 metres long overall and rides on a 2675mm wheelbase - the latter measuring 62mm longer than in the old 3008. Width is unchanged at 1.84m, but interior space is increased with, in particular, an additional 24mm in rear leg room and 36mm in rear head room (in models without sunroof).
Storage capacity in the rear is listed at 520 litres with the back seats upright, expanding to 1580 litres when folded flat.
The rear seating row offers 2/3 and 1/3 split-folding, to offer a fully-flat loading space.The boot floor also has two positions: flat for easy loading across the length of the space, and sunken for extra vertical space.
Peugeot's new-generation i-Cockpit cabin technology features across the range, highlighted by a 12.3-inch digital instrument display behind the steering wheel and an 8.0-inch touch screen in the centre of the dash.
As with other Peugeot models, the 3008 features a compact steering wheel that the driver looks over, rather than through, when viewing the instrument display.
Comfort and convenience kit standard with the $36,990 entry-level Active include automatic dual-zone climate control, rear vents, one-touch powered windows, manual height-and-reach steering adjustment, electric parking brake with hill assist, and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror.
Infotainment tech in the Active includes a 3D navigation display, DAB+ digital radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity, and 'Qi' wireless smartphone charging.
The Active's steering wheel gets full-grain 'Mistral' leather trim, but all seat trim is fabric, and the whole thing rolls on 17-inch 'Chicago' alloy wheels.
The Active model is equipped with adaptive front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags and front and rear curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability Control and electronic Anti-skid System, Driver Attention Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Isofix child seat fittings, and programmable cruise control with speed limiter, speed limit recognition, and recommendation.
There's also halogen headlights, LED daytime lights, LED tail lamps, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dipping exterior mirrors, and a 180-degree rear-view camera.
Disappointingly, the Active can not be had - even as an option - with any advanced safety systems like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-keep assist or blind-spot monitoring, while the next-step-up Allure gets these features as optional extras only.
Standard kit in the $39,490 Allure includes 360-degree rear view and front cameras, keyless entry and pushbutton start, tinted rear windows, powered folding door mirrors, soft-touch fabric trim on the dash and front/rear door panels, a front bumper scuff plate and puddle lights beneath the door mirrors.
The Allure also gets 18-inch 'Detroit' two-tone alloy wheels and City Park automatic parking for 90-degree and parallel spaces.
The $43,490 GT-Line model adds active lane-keep assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active blind-spot detection and Peugeot Smart Beam (intelligent high-beam) assistance.
There's also a perforated leather steering wheel with GT-Line badge, 'TEP' artificial leather accents, black roof lining (light grey in lower Active and Allure), chrome grille edge trim with chequered grille treatment and black lettering, black mirror shells (body-coloured on lower-spec models), sports bumpers, stainless steel front door scuff plates, twin exhaust 'effect trim', and 18-inch 'Detroit' alloy wheels in a 'matt haria' two-tone finish.
Full LED headlights, LED fog lights and LED scrolling front indicators are standard with the GT-Line.
At the top end, the $49,490 GT diesel adds Alcantara trim to the dash and front/rear door panels, leather seats, satin steel dashboard switches (satin chrome plastic on other models), chromed door mirror shells, wheel arch extensions and 19-inch 'Boston' alloy wheels.
Also unique to the GT - and all for the driver and front passenger - are adjustable 'nose' cushions, heated seats, multi-point massage, and two-position memory function. The driver's seat also gets eight-way power adjustment.
The new 2018 Peugeot 3008 is on sale now, with an Australian media launch set for August 10 and 11.
NOTE: Australian photos still to come.
2018 Peugeot 3008 pricing
Active petrol - $36,990 ($39,990 drive-away)
Allure petrol - $39,490
GT-Line petrol - $43,490
GT diesel - $49,490
All prices exclude on-road costs, except where noted.