2017 Peugeot 3008 first view

Overly fussy details don't do the new Peugeot 3008's styling any favours. It's as if the designers couldn't stop themselves from adding unnecessary flourishes in the pursuit of a distinctive look.

So this C-segment SUV isn't particularly attractive, but decent practicality is promised. Based on Peugeot's EMP2 platform, the 2017 3008 is fractionally longer than the previous model, although width and height remain the same.

Rear-seat passengers in particular benefit from more space, while luggage capacity is up by 90 litres to 520 litres. Despite the larger dimensions, overall weight is down by a useful 100 kg (220 lbs). Such a significant reduction should help both dynamics and efficiency.

Peugeot 3008 (2017) Front Side

Curiously for a so-called SUV, all-wheel drive isn't being offered. Instead, Peugeot has developed Advanced Grip Control. This combines mud and snow tyres, five traction control settings and hill descent control. Furthermore, ground clearance has been increased to 22 cm (8.7”).

Another obvious omission from the specification is any form of hybrid powertrain that would allow the 3008 to compete directly with the likes of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Consequently customers will be faced with a predictable array of petrol and diesel engines. All Euro 6-compliant, these range in size from 1.2 to 2.0 litres.

Inside, an 'i-Cockpit' sits behind a compact steering wheel. This is essentially a fully configurable 12.3” screen with five display modes that replaces traditional instruments. There's also an 8” capacitive colour touchscreen which dominates the centre console.

Two of the 3008's most intriguing features are actually on the options list. The Micro e-Kick and Peugeot e-Bike are an electrically-assisted scooter and an electrically-assisted bicycle respectively.

Promoted as car-complementary transport in urban environments (for just one person at a time, obviously), they can be housed in a bespoke boot-mounted docking station that also recharges their batteries when the 3008 is being driven.

The 2017 Peugeot 3008 is scheduled to make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Peugeot 3008 (2017) DashboardPeugeot 3008 (2017) Side

Peugeot 3008 (2017) Rear SidePeugeot 3008 (2017) Front

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