Having snagged two Dakar Rally victories back-to-back in 2016 and 2017, Peugeot is gunning for a hat trick this year with the introduction of the latest evolution of its racer, dubbed the Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi.

As is apparent with the name, the Maxi is slightly larger – in fact, it has a 200 mm wider track, enabled through the use of new upper and lower wishbones, as well as front and rear track rod ends and driveshafts. Peugeot expects the new car to feature improved stability and handling, increasing performance.

The Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi at the PSA factory in Versailles, France on 6 June 2017

Elsewhere, the mechanicals should be shared with the outgoing car, including the 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel that produces around 330 hp, as well as the rear-wheel drive layout. The Maxi is still under development, but it will make its debut at Silk Way Rally – which spans from Russia to China – from July 7 to 22.

At the helm of the new car is nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, who finished second in Dakar early this year – he will be assessing the latest changes to steer the direction of development. He will be joined by his Peugeot Sport teammates, Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel and last year’s Silk Way Rally winner Cyril Despres, but they will be driving the current 3008 DKR.