Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stronger Identity; Lee Gibson on the Peugeot 3008 GT Line BLUEHDI 120

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stronger Identity; Lee Gibson on the Peugeot 3008 GT Line BLUEHDI 120

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USUALLY when a motor manufacturer upgrades an existing model there will be a few minor nips and tucks here and there, new headlights, maybe a new bumper and a different grille.

Beneath the panels there might be updated engines and perhaps some fresh technology to make the driver's life easier or better entertain the passengers.

Largely, though, the new version will not look vastly different to the one being replaced.

The new Peugeot 3008, however, has undergone a startling transformation.

The original, launched in 2009, had something of an identity crisis, not knowing whether it was a compact MPV or a crossover, resulting in some confused styling despite a spacious and practical interior and some innovative hybrid powertrains.

The new 3008 has no such issues.

It has been completely reinvented and aimed squarely at the booming SUV market - which currently accounts for one in 10 vehicles on European roads.

Typical characteristics of the class - large alloys, upright stance, increased ground clearance, chunky wheel arches and protective cladding - are all present and correct but it is in the finer details that the 3008 establishes its fresh and modern identity.

Striking light formations front and rear, a bold grille and air intakes, an abundance of strong character lines and a shiny black band stretching across the tailgate beneath the raked rear screen all set it apart.

The visual impact on GT Line models like the one I drove is dialled up even further by the addition of sporty touches such as a contrasting black roof and mirror caps, bespoke badging, twin tailpipes, a sports front bumper and extra chrome trim.

And the interior is no less eyecatching, as the French brand pursues its upmarket ambitions with some gusto.

The latest evolution of Peugeot's i-Cockpit wraps around the driver in a hi-tech array of screens, dials and buttons featuring a 12. …

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