Stylish new Peugeot 3008 offers excellent electric powertrain and practicality – The Irish Times
The advent of electric cars may not have heralded the design revolutions some expected, but they have created some sleek new cars.
Take the new e-3008. Previously an ordinary family crossover, Peugeot sought to give it a little more character for the post-SUV era. It’s still big, it’s still bold, but now it’s a little more elegant.
Peugeot insists its new 3008 is not a coupé crossover; This is Fastback and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Most people who have more than just car designations in their lives won’t care or understand the difference. For most of us, this is a family-sized SUV with a slightly sloping rear roofline. Sloped enough to make it sleeker than boxy SUVs, but not so much that it encroaches on back-seat headroom. It probably won’t be the subject of much discussion outside Peugeot’s own design studio.
With the arrival of electric cars – and their expensive battery packs – the costs of new models have risen. Car companies had to give customers some clear signs of premium design to ensure near-premium prices
There’s a much bigger talking point indoors, where indoor change is a world away from the hard plastic foods we’ve accepted for decades in mainstream models.
With the arrival of electric cars – and their expensive battery packs – the costs of new models have risen. Car companies had to give customers some clear signs of premium design to ensure near-premium prices. Enter interior designers, who can spruce up interiors for several hundred euros in an attempt to soften the blow of multi-thousand euro price hikes for electric vehicles.
Returning to the interior of the new 3008 – which arrives with ICE (internal combustion engine) and EV power options – the centerpiece is a sweeping new dashboard, set off by large, curved screens, and the use of fabric and concave aluminum frames runs from door to door. The light bar casts its colors onto the metal, creating a display that would proudly reside in any premium flagship phone. BMW connoisseurs looking to upgrade from faux frosted plastic should take a chapter out of Peugeot’s design book.
True, motorists will not hand over more than 50 thousand euros (Peugeot will not say what the price will be when the car lands here next year) for a stylish dash. However, since this is the part of the car that the owner spends the most time dealing with, it is important to do it right.
In the rear seats, the difference between the coupe and the Fasback means there’s room for adults back there, albeit after they’ve climbed onto the raised floor that houses the battery pack.
As with most electric cars, designers try to limit increases in height caused by the battery pack by lowering the seating position. This means that adults tend to squat more, with their knees higher than their buttocks. It’s a problem for almost all electric cars and car companies. You’d do well to look to Porsche, which has built rear footrests – or “foot garages” as they call them – into its battery packs.
Peugeot is proud of the fact that it has managed to squeeze in the new large battery pack without making the 3008 too long. Boot space matches the previous 3008 at 520 liters thanks to the fact that the battery pack fits over the wheels and does not obstruct the boot. Although 4.5 meters is not considered a very small car, it is shorter than many electric car competitors, thanks to continuing improvements in battery technology.
These developments also mean that the French car brand can claim a range of up to 525 kilometers from the 73 kWh battery pack and 700 kilometers from the 98 kWh long-range version. While these are not official WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure) numbers, engineers are confident that these goals will be achieved. In daily suburban use, Peugeot reckons it can achieve energy consumption of 13.9kWh/100km, which seems realistic considering we were getting less than 20kWh/100km during test conditions on a mix of national and road roads The quick one.
Furthermore, it believes the more powerful all-wheel-drive version with an additional electric motor on the rear axle can still match the 525km range of its front-wheel-drive sibling. This is despite the additional engine weight of 60 kg and power ranging from 210 in the front-wheel drive version to 320 hp in the all-wheel drive version.
Peugeot has clearly chosen to tune out the typically insane acceleration available in EVs in favor of more conventional ICE acceleration. This also means consuming less power thus maintaining range
On public roads, the ride is as smooth as with most large electric cars, but the front feels lighter and more agile than the rear, as it pulls along the rest of the car.
We had the opportunity to drive a pre-production version of the all-wheel drive system on track, and it offered a more responsive front end than the rear, where the plug-in engine seemed slightly less responsive to the throttle.
For a car over 4.5 meters long, it’s surprisingly agile around corners, but even with 320bhp in all-wheel drive, it never felt lively. Peugeot has clearly chosen to tune out the typically insane acceleration available in EVs in favor of more conventional ICE acceleration. This also means consuming less power thus maintaining range. It’s a sensible move for the mainstream family crossover.
There’s power there, and it’s not just about racing off the line, but rather delivering it in consistent torque. Weighing in at 2.1 tonnes, it’s clearly a huge car to haul around, and can tow up to 1350kg if necessary.
For those who don’t want to transition to electricity just yet, other energy options will be offered next year as well. A 1.2-litre mild hybrid petrol model comes in, promising a fuel economy figure of 5.6L/100km and a 0-100km/h time of 10.2 seconds.
However, the big story will be the all-electric e-3008. It’s another electric crossover that may not be as exciting to drive but offers a luxurious interior finish and enough space to meet a family’s needs. Of course, this all depends on Peugeot Ireland getting the prices right.
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