Our spy photographers have captured the first undisguised pictures of the Peugeot 3008.
The ‘crossover’ is based on the 308 hatchback, and is meant to combine MPV practicality with occasional off-road ability. Apart from the absence of concept car jewellery, the 3008 is little changed from the Peugeot Prologue concept car that was revealed at the Paris motor show in October.
The most obvious rival to the 3008 is the Nissan Qashqai, which has enjoyed considerable success across Europe since it went on sale last year. Peugeot will also be hoping that the butch styling helps to attract buyers who would otherwise go for a conventional C-segment MPV, a segment that the company has chosen not to compete in.
The platform is shared with the Peugeot 308, and when the 3008 goes on sale next year, power will come from the PSA group’s familiar range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
However, there’s also the strong possibility that Peugeot will offer the 3008 with a hybrid drivetrain. Peugeot recently announced that it would put the world’s first diesel hybrid into production within two years, and the 3008 could well be that car.