World premiere: Peugeot e-3008 to reach 700 kilometres
Peugeot has presented the e-3008, the brand’s first model based on the new Stellantis STLA Medium platform. It will be produced at the French plant in Sochaux and go on sale in February 2024. Peugeot promises up to 700 kilometres WLTP range for the compact SUV. UPDATE
Competing in the C-segment, the new Peugeot e-3008 has been designed as an electric model from the outset and will be available with three all-electric powertrains: a front-wheel drive with 157 kW of power and a 73 kWh battery for up to 525 kilometres, a long-range front-wheel drive variant with 170 kW of power and a 98 kWh battery for up to 700 kilometres, and a 240 kW all-wheel drive that will be mated to the 73 kWh battery and is said to offer 525 kilometres of range. All kilometre figures are according to WLTP, but subject to final homologation. The energy storage units are NMC batteries from the Stellantis-Saft joint venture ACC.
On the occasion of the world premiere of the e-3008, Peugeot emphasises that the STLA medium platform with up to 98 kWh offers “record energy between the wheels” and still allows for compact dimensions. In fact, the now-presented hatchback SUV measures only 4.54 metres in length – with a wheelbase of 2.73 metres. The ‘STLA Medium’ is Stellantis’ new 400-volt platform for passenger cars in segments C and D. Back when it unveiled its 2021 platform plans, Stellantis revealed that the STLA is expected to provide up to 700 and 800 kilometres of range for BEVs. Recently, the 14-brand car company also made public its intention to build up to two million vehicles per year on the STLA Medium in several plants in the future.
The new platform supports wheelbases between 2.70 and 2.90 metres and overall lengths of 4.30 to 4.90 metres. The e-3008 is thus more likely to be one of the shorter models, but it now proves, as suspected, that even with a wheelbase of 2.73 metres the 98-kWh battery can be installed. This is the maximum energy content supported by the platform.
But back to the model itself: the e-3008 comes with a three-phase 11 kW on-board charger ex-works, and the DC charging power is supposed to amount to 160 kW. According to the manufacturer, the single-motor version of the SUV can be charged from 20 to 80 per cent in 30 minutes (Standard Range) or in “less than 30 minutes” (Long Range). The model is V1G- and V2L-capable, says Peugeot. It can therefore charge intelligently and supply external electrical devices with power (3 kW and 16 amps).
A closer look at the drive reveals the use of a new generation of permanent magnet synchronous motors.The front-wheel drive versions deliver 157 kW and 343 Nm and 170 kW and 343 Nm respectively.The dual-motor version comes to 240 kW (157 kW and 343 Nm at the front and 83 kW and 166 Nm at the rear).The engines are supplied by Stellantis-Nidec from Trémery.
The e-3008’s “dynamic road holding” is to be ensured by the STLA Medium’s improved axles. “The architecture of the platform itself contributes to the dynamics by maximising the use of lightweight and inflexible materials and by lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity as low as possible between the wheels thanks to the ideal positioning of the single-layer battery,” the French company elaborates. The manufacturer puts the turning circle at 10.6 metres. Already standard in many vehicles, but still worth mentioning: the e-3008 comes with several recuperation levels, four driving modes and a wide range of driver assistance systems. More on this below.
At launch, the electric newcomer will be offered in two trim levels, ‘Allure’ and ‘GT’, with three option packages to keep the choice simple. The Allure models are finished in a single colour and upholstered in fabric/imitation leather with embossed motifs. Standard equipment includes a keyless entry and start system, HD reversing camera with 180° surround view, rear parking assist, Eco LED headlights and lamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, Peugeot i-Cockpit with two 10-inch displays and Peugeot i-Connect infotainment system.
In GT trim, the e-3008 gets a two-tone paint finish with a black roof and Alcantara/leatherette upholstery. Key standard features (on top of the Allure version) include 20-inch alloy wheels, Pixel LED headlights, front parking assist, a sensor-controlled tailgate, a heated steering wheel, an inductive charging station for smartphones, customisable ambient lighting, the Peugeot i-Cockpit with a curved 21-inch screen and an upgrade to the Peugeot i-Connect infotainment system.
Visually, Peugeot emphasises the streamlined silhouette of the e-3008, calling it “cat-like”. We already talked about the length above. The width and height of the vehicle are 1.89 and 1.64 metres respectively. Space in the second row and boot capacity (520 litres, regardless of engine) are said to be identical to those of the previous Peugeot 3008.
Externally, the e-3008 gets a modified front end, which retains the characteristic Peugeot light signature with the three claws, but features redesigned headlights and radiator grille. The latter is integrated into the bodywork by a colour gradient, for example. At the rear, a spoiler catches the eye, otherwise, the manufacturer claims that the “number of decorative inserts on the body has been reduced and all chrome parts have been removed”. The compact SUV will be available in six colours.
Inside, Peugeot offers a 21-inch panoramic screen in the GT trim, which combines all driving-relevant information above the compact steering wheel on the left-hand side and a touchscreen area on the right-hand side (in the centre of the dashboard) to control, among other things, heating, navigation, media, etc. for the driver and front passenger. In the Allure trim, things are a little more modest with two 10-inch digital screens. Also in the cockpit: a new compact steering wheel, new front seats with additional functions and storage options throughout the passenger compartment with a total volume of around 34 litres.
On-board driver assistance systems include a system called Active Safety Brake Plus with Front Collision Warning, Active Lane Keeping Assist with Steering Intervention, Drowsiness Alert, Advanced Traffic Sign Recognition and Blind Spot Assist. The new Peugeot Stromer also gets semi-autonomous driving functions.
Peugeot has not yet announced the prices, however, it has been confirmed that the new 3008 will also be offered with a hybrid drive. According to Linda Jackson, Global CEO of Peugeot, the introduction of the new e-3008 is an important step in Peugeot’s transformation into a compelling 100 per cent electric brand that sets new standards for design, driving pleasure and efficiency. “With its exterior design, spectacular PEUGEOT Panoramic i-Cockpit®, driving pleasure and unprecedented electric performance, the Next-Level E-3008 ushers PEUGEOT into a new era as the French brand offering the widest range of mainstream electric vehicles on the market.”
Jerome Micheron, Product Director at Peugeot, also points to the 3008’s role as a best-seller in the company’s range: “Given the success of the previous 3008 and the customers who have placed their trust in us, we had to be bold. With the new E-3008, PEUGEOT is entering a new era, both in terms of design and electrification. The E-3008 is designed for demanding, fast-moving customers.”
Update 23 November 2023
The new Peugeot e-3008 is now open for orders in the UK. The brand’s first electric model based on the new Stellantis STLA Medium platform, presented in September, starts at £45,850.