If there's one thing the French are known for, it's their knack for flair and design. Just take a look at the 2021 Peugeot 3008. Now while it may look like the facelifted crossover only received minor design tweaks, it's quite clear that Peugeot did not hold back when it came to improving its looks.
Seen here in a striking red hue, the 2021 Peugeot 3008 gets a more aggressive look thanks to the neat redesign. The crossover now features a bolder, frameless front grille, a redesigned lion badge, and new vertical LED daytime running lights mounted on the corners. Meanwhile, the distinct claw-like taillights have been revised as well and now feature full LED lighting.
Viewers may have noticed that this particular 3008 gets a generous application of blacked-out accents. That's because the new 3008 is now available with the optional Black Pack extra.
Available only on the high-end GT and GT Premium models, the Black Pack gives the crossover a blacked-out front grille, glossy black tread plate/front fender trims, gloss black roof and spoiler trim, satin black roof bars, and 19-inch alloy wheels that are, you guessed it, finished in a unique black paint. Combined with the red exterior finish, and the 3008 looks gorgeous.
Inside, the changes on the 3008 appear to be minimal at best. But according to the automaker, the 3008 features the brand's next-generation i-Cockpit design. It now has a massive 12.3-inch heads-up instrument panel, a 10-inch touchscreen, and a more compact steering wheel for improved driving dynamics and ergonomics.
As usual, a wide array of toggle switches are on the center console that can control in-car functions, as well as give the 3008 a more sophisticated look. Also present inside the updated crossover is a new drive mode selector that allows the driver to switch between Eco, Normal, and Sport modes. Other improvements Peugeot made onto the 3008's cabin include new types of Nappa leather trim, Dark Lime Wood accents, and a new frameless rearview mirror.
Under the hood, there a wide variety of engines available for the 2021 Peugeot 3008. There's the 1.2-liter PureTech three-cylinder turbo that puts out 130 PS, the bigger 1.6-liter Puretech turbocharged engine which doles out 180 PS, and the diesel-powered 1.5-liter BlueHDi that generates 130 PS. The 1.2-liter models can be had with a six-speed manual, while the 1.6-liter and 1.5-liter engine variants only come with an eight-speed automatic as standard.
For those that prefer a bit more oomph and efficiency from their engines, the 3008 is also available with plug-in hybrid powertrains. First up is the Hybrid 225 e-EAT8 that is powered by a 180 PS engine with a 110 PS electric motor. The result is a total system output of 225 PS, and an electric range of 54 km.
Last but not least is the more powerful Hybrid4 300 e-EAT8. It packs a 200 PS turbocharged Puretech engine paired to two electric motors. It gives the particular hybrid a combined power output of 300 PS, electric 4WD, and 58 km of pure electric cruising power on a full charge.
Recharging the battery on the PHEV 3008s can be done in two ways. First, there is the 3.7kW onboard charger that can fully recharge the batteries in four hours. Prefer something quicker? The optional 7.4 kW onboard charger is available that recharges the 3008's batteries to full in just 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Peugeot will have the 3008 on sale starting in Europe towards the end of the year. The question now is this: Will Peugeot Philippines sell the new-look 3008? We'll have to wait and see.