Some news about the second-gen Peugeot 3008 – the all-new SUV, which was unveiled in May, is slated for Malaysia, and word from the grapevine is that it’s expected to enter the market here sometime in the second quarter of next year.

From a variant viewpoint, it’s the petrol route again, with the 1.6L THP 165 S&S six-speed auto looking to be a certainty. No word as to whether the 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S variant is being considered, but pointers are that the powertrain might make it here, albeit via other carriers.

Pricing – even indicative – hasn’t been intimated, but things are likely to progress from that asked currently for the first-gen facelift, which is RM159k.

Buyers will have plenty to look forward to, especially a premium interior that looks far better to the eye than photos suggest. The cabin features a swanky-looking i-Cockpit dashboard design, and new materials and trim dress the space up in a manner that puts some offerings from premium brands to shame.

Novelties include a centrally-mounted eight-inch touchscreen, six elegant piano-key toggle switches, which offer direct and access to the main control functions (radio, climate control, navigation, vehicle parameters, telephone and mobile applications), but the visual standout is a high-resolution 12.3-inch display screen that makes up the instrument cluster.

Configurable, five different display modes are on offer, all controllable via a knob on the steering wheel, allowing the driver to personalise the instrument readout to preference.

Still early days, so no indication as to the level of kit that the MY-spec will have as yet, but there’s a plethora of items available from a specification viewpoint, with bits including a panoramic sunroof and a hands-free tailgate, and on the options list is a 10-speaker Focal Premium hi-fi audio system as well as a Driver Sport Pack.