2022 Peugeot 3008 SUV to get coupe styling

The next Peugeot 3008 will focus on style rather than practicality; design previewed in our exclusive images

  • Upcoming 3008 to be sportier than current model
  • Platform supports electric and PHEV models
  • Plans for practical 5008 SUV too

The next Peugeot 3008 is set to become a sporty-looking coupe-SUV and our exclusive images suggest how it might look. Rather than being a rival for the Ford Kuga, Skoda Karoq and Kia Sportage, the new car will be a sleeker model - perhaps aiming at the Cupra Formentor and the electric Nissan Ariya instead. It’s likely to be launched in 2022.

The current 3008 still looks fresh but the new model is expected to have styling similar to the new Peugeot 208 and Peugeot 2008. It’s highly likely that Peugeot’s designers will incorporate fang-like LED daytime running lights, darkened tail-lights and a sharply raked rear windscreen. A contrasting colour roof will be offered as an extra personalisation option.

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It’ll remain a five-door model but a sloping roofline will slightly reduce rear-seat space. The car’s size means adults should still be comfortable in the back, while boot space won’t be a priority but, again, it should still be decent. The concept would be similar to the Range Rover Evoque, although we’d expect a lower starting price than that car.

A move to a sleeker shape comes as Peugeot says 3008 buyers tend to be couples or families with grown-up children - just like Evoque buyers. The Peugeot 5008 will be aimed at family buyers and those that need the practicality. To appeal to a wider audience, the next 5008 may come with a five-seat option (all current models are seven-seaters).

The next-generation Peugeot 3008 SUV will get an updated platform, which will be able to support petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and electric variants. Mild-hybrid technology will be fitted to a selection of the petrol and diesel engines to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

Peugeot, part of the PSA Group, has access to an electric powertrain consisting of a 50kWh battery and a 134bhp motor. It’s used in the Peugeot e-208, e-2008 and the new e-Traveller MPV, so it seems the most suitable option for an electric model, which would be badged Peugeot e-3008.

The recent launch of the new Citroen C4 shows that the current petrol and diesel engines will continue to be used for a few more years. Petrol choices will be a 128bhp or 153bhp 1.2-litre engine and a 178bhp 1.6-litre (exclusively mated to an automatic gearbox in the current model), and the 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine is expected to be offered once more, despite falling diesel sales. The two plug-in hybrid powertrains currently available offer up to 40 miles of range, and these are likely to be updated for the next-gen model.

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