These are the first official pictures of the new Peugeot 3008 crossover, which was revealed by Peugeot today.
The new Peugeot 3008, first seen as a concept at last September's Paris show and snapped in production form by our spy photographers last November, is aimed squarely the Nissan Qashqai, although it will only be available as a five-seater, unlike the Nissan.
The Peugeot 3008 is based on the same front-wheel-drive platform that underpins the Peugeot 308 and Citroen C4. The 3008 will offer a range of 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesels, and two 1.6-litre petrol engines: a naturally aspirated 120bhp VTi and the turbocharged 150bhp THP150.
Depending on the engine, 3008 customers get the choice of a five or six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic and Peugeot-Citroen's six-speed automated manual gearbox. At the top of the range there is a new 163bhp version of Peugeot's 2.0-litre HDi engine.
The 3008 is also significant as it will become Peugeot's first production hybrid model. The technology, labelled Hybrid 4 by Peugeot, allows a four-wheel-drive option for the 3008 as the hybrid's electric motor drives the rear wheels.
The 3008 hybrid is due to go on sale in 2011, but Peugeot has yet to confirm whether it will be a petrol-electric model or the world's first production diesel hybrid.
There is even the possibility of both. "The extra cost of developing a hybrid powertrain to run with both fuels is relatively small," said Peugeot spokesman Kevin Jones, "particularly as the 3008 is not a bespoke hybrid model in the mould of the Toyota Prius."
Peugeot's director general, Jean-Phillipe Collin, reinforced this strategic direction, saying, "We have the capability to offer both petrol and diesel hybrids."
The non-hybrid Peugeot 3008 is due on sale at the end of 2009.