insideKENT Magazine Issue 61 - April 2017 - Page 156

MOTORS

THE PEUGEOT 3008 CROSSOVER cont .
environmental footprint to a minimum , through optimised aerodynamics , weight optimisation , the use of low rolling resistance tyres and the adoption , eventually , of the hybrid technology currently being developed by the PSA Peugeot Citroën group – HYbrid4 .
The T84 project was , therefore , destined to become a synthesis of several existing body shapes . It represents a new and original concept in the market of " spacious " vehicles , a true " Crossover " of a new kind .
The architecture of the 3008 successfully combines elements of a conventional hatchback with a forward-positioned front windscreen , with features borrowed from the world of the MPV and SUV , such as its split tailgate , modularity , spacious interior , large side windows and raised driving position .
The styling of the vehicle is a combination of a number of different design cues . At the front , the traditional Peugeot styling signatures have evolved to adapt to the car ’ s larger size , while at the rear the wide sculpted flanks help to create an appearance that the car is “ glued ” to the road .
Depending on the individual trim level , the vehicle can also have a number of “ off-road ” styling features , in particular , inserts for the sills and lower panels .
THE PEUGEOT 3008 “ CROSSES OVER ” ON THE INSIDE AS WELL
Inside its spacious interior , the driver benefits from an ergonomic and particularly luxurious driving position , that is reminiscent of the world of the luxury coupé and also has some similarity to the cockpit of an aircraft .
Passengers also enjoy a generous and extremely comfortable passenger compartment ( in terms of design , seats , interior noise levels , etc ); therefore , each occupant will feel naturally at ease . For even greater interior brightness and visibility , a large glass panoramic roof measuring 1.60 m2 is available as standard on the Exclusive version , and as an option on the Sport version .
It also benefits from a “ Multiflex ” interior that can be converted at will thanks to its 3- position load area floor and automatic folding rear seats . With the latter folded , together with the back of the front passenger seat , the 3008 provides a perfectly flat load floor area from the lower tailgate to the front fascia panel .
The load volume under the parcel shelf then increases from 512 litres ( or 432 dm3 in the VDA standard ) to 1604 litres ( or 1241 dm3 VDA ) to the back of the front seats .
To add to the comfort and safety of all its occupants , the driver can benefit , as standard or as an option , from a range of equipment rarely if ever seen in this market segment :
• A Head Up Display
• Distance Alert ( helps the driver to respect a safe driving distance between the vehicle in front according to a particular speed )
• Automatic Electric Parking Brake
• Hill Assist
Also a range of telematic systems with satellite navigation - Peugeot Connect Navigation ( RNEG ) or Peugeot Connect 3-D Media Navigation ( NG4 ) are available .
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THE ALL-NEW PEUGEOT 3008 SUV HAS BEEN NAMED THE 2017 CAR OF THE YEAR AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW BY A JUDGING PANEL COMPRISING 58 EUROPEAN JOURNALISTS .
The all-new 3008 SUV impressed the judging panel with its combination of style , interior design and performance . This prestigious trophy joins the 20 other prizes the 3008 SUV has already won since its launch at the start of 2017 .
The vehicle is the fifth PEUGEOT to win the Car of the Year prize and the first SUV to be honoured with the accolade in its history . PEUGEOT ’ s success in the awards dates all the way back to 1969 , when the 504 saloon scooped the award .
The Car of the Year prize is awarded by a judging panel comprising 58 experienced journalists from 22 countries , who have been assessing each model ’ s entry since early 2016 .
Jean-Philippe Imparato , CEO of the PEUGEOT brand , commented : “ I am particularly proud and very pleased that the all-new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV has just won the 2017 ‘ Car of the Year ’ prize . This trophy is the culmination of five years of incredible work by the brand ' s teams and our group .”
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