Peugeot reveals new 3008 cross-over vehicle
First seen as a concept at last years Paris Motorshow – Prologue Hybrid 4 – Peugeot’s new 3008 cross-over vehicle can now be revealed in all its glory. This new, compact and spacious cross-over, represents a totally new offering in the UK car market.
It is aimed at sport-loving couples, modern families, senior citizens and active young people who desire a type of car which does not fall into existing categories, such as hatchbacks and MPVs. Due to this positioning; it was perfectly natural that the project originally code named T84 should be called 3008.
The 3008 is based on Peugeot’s short wheelbase platform 2, which was chosen due to its exceptional rigidity and excellent acoustic and vibration properties.
The 3008 structure has been carefully designed to provide maximum secondary safety as well as provide a structure with the same level of rigidity of that of a saloon. To reduce emissions and, therefore fuel consumption and running costs, the weight of the vehicle was kept to a minimum.
To help reduce the vehicle’s weight, laser welding was used instead of normal spot welding, the front overhang was kept to a minimum by the introduction of an innovative new type of impact absorber, a number of light weight materials were used and the thickness of the panoramic glass roof has also reduced to just 5 mm, while still retaining the same levels of safety as current roofs fitted to the 308 SW etc.
Hybrid 4 Technology
This name describes the hybridisation of a traditional engine with an electric motor, in an original layout in engineering terms that also allows the possibility of four wheel drive.
While the traditional engine is located as usual under the bonnet and drives the front wheels, the electric motor is located under the load area floor adjacent to the rear suspension. This technology not only represents a real breakthrough in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions (a reduction of around 35%), but also in terms of four wheel drive.
At the Paris Motor Show, the Prologue Hybrid 4 concept car was presented with a 2.0 litre HDi FAP engine with a power of 163 bhp and an electric motor with a maximum capacity of 37 bhp providing a maximum torque of 300 Nm at the front and 200 Nm at the rear. Despite this performance, its fuel consumption in the combined cycle is only 4.1 litres / 100 km, with CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km!
This technology makes it possible to combine dynamic performance with respect for the environment, while at the same time maintaining the benefits of a spacious vehicle.
Another important benefit is that there are no mechanical connections between the front diesel engine and the rear electric motor, everything is controlled electronically “by-wire”. This avoids any architectural constraints affecting the interior space and style of the passenger compartment.
The HYbrid 4 technology, which is still under development, was incorporated into the T84 programme from the very outset, since it is fully consistent with the approach adopted for the vehicle. In accordance with the announcement made at the Paris Motor show, the 3008 will be the Group’s first vehicle to be equipped with Hybrid 4 technology. The commercial launch of this four wheel drive hybrid cross-over is planned between now and 2011.
At the front, the Peugeot design genes have evolved to match the car’s generous volumes while still setting it apart from what has gone before. The streamlined headlamps are expressive in a new and original way, both dynamic and reassuring. The single front grille helps create the effect of a luxury off-roader, with a look reminiscent of the world of the SUV. At the rear, the wings with their structured curves blend smoothly with the ruby coloured rear lights with their hi-tech finish, indicating the presence of light emitting diodes. The use of a split rear tailgate as on the 4007, further illustrates the “Outdoor” spirit of the 3008.