The Peugeot 3008 has finally been launched in Malaysia, a few days after local distributor Nasim put up a registration of interest page. As revealed earlier, the fully imported SUV is available in two flavours – Active THP and the range-topping Allure THP.

Under the hood, both variants are powered by the same 1.6 litre THP 165 S&S petrol engine, which serves up 165 hp (167 PS) and 240 Nm of torque. The turbocharged powerplant is paired with an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic transmission, and drive goes to the front wheels.

Top speed here is quoted at 206 km/h, with a 0-100 km/h time of 8.9 seconds. The 2017 European Car of the Year is claimed to offer a fuel efficiency of seven litres per 100 km following the combined cycle.

Drivers will have access to Peugeot’s Advanced Grip Control, which offers five driving modes – Mud, Snow, Sand, ESP Off and Standard – to choose from. Interaction with the system is achieved via a rotary dial located near the hill descent control button.

According to Peugeot, the system uses a package to onboard electronics to adapt to multiple road surfaces, providing optimum traction in slippery conditions. That should technically allow the front-wheel drive SUV to travel to places a four-wheel-drive SUV would previously have been able to explore.

The new 3008 also rides on the Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2), which also underpins the latest 308, 408 and all-new 5008. Dimension wise, the SUV measures 4,447 mm long, 1,841 mm wide, 1,624 mm tall and has a wheelbase spanning 2,675 mm. Compared to the Honda CR-V – 4,596 mm long, 1,855 mm wide 1,679 mm tall and 2,660 mm wheelbase – the 3008 has a longer wheelbase (+15 mm) despite its shorter length (-149 mm).

As you can tell, the new 3008 is significantly different in terms of design when compared to its predecessor, appearing more SUV-like than the MPV shape of its predecessor. Up front, you’ll find a wide, chequered grille with chrome trim with a bumper underguard and LED DRLs.

The Active THP comes with halogen headlights with LED DRLs and halogen fog lamps, whereas the Allure THP kicks things up a notch with full LED headlights (also with LED DRLs) and sequential turn signals. Both variants are fitted as standard with ‘lion claw effect’ LED taillights and 18-inch ‘Los Angeles’ alloy wheels wrapped with Continental ContiCrossContact LX2 tyres (225/55).

The Allure THP as you’d expect, gets more goodies like the GT Line exterior package, gaining items such as a different grille mesh, silver-painted front bumper underguard and chrome trim on the lower section of the vehicle’s sides.

Moving inside, both variants feature the brand’s trademark i-Cockpit interior, with the highlight being the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The screen is capable of displaying the usual driving information as well as additional information depending on the selected mode.

The other display in the SUV is an eight-inch touchscreen on the dashboard, which is linked to the infotainment and climate control systems (with rear air-con vents). The former comes with a wide array of inputs, including MirrorLink, USB, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Other points of interest are the piano-key toggle switches, rectangular-shaped steering wheel, a fancy-looking gear lever just ahead of the electronic parking brake, and six-speaker 3D Arkamys sound system. Ambient lighting is present too, but only for the Allure THP.

For the Active THP, fabric trim (on the dashboard and doors) accompanies the leather upholstery, while the Allure comes with faux carbon-fibre materials instead. Similarly, manually-operated Mistral Meco fabric seats make their way into the Active THP, and eight-way powered black leather seats (driver only with memory function) can be found in the Allure THP.

The 3008 comes with 520 litres of boot space with an adjustable boot floor (591 litres in its lowest setting) and space-saver spare wheel underneath. The 60:40 split-folding rear seats come with a one-touch folding mechanism, allowing for up to 1,670 litres of boot space when they are folded down. The front passenger seat can also be folded flat for super long items, a unique feature in its class.

Safety kit is identical on both variants, with six airbags, ABS, EBD, Emergency Brake Assist, traction control, Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Stability Programme, Hill Assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, with a reverse camera all coming as standard.

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Finally, the big question, how much is it? The 3008 Active THP retails for RM142,888 on-the-road without insurance, and the Allure THP goes for RM155,888. These prices include a five-year/120,000 km warranty as well as a 24-hour Peugeot Assistance service. Buyers will get to choose from five exterior body colours – Metallic Copper, Magnetic Blue, Amazonite Grey, Ultimate Red and Pearl White – the last two requiring an additional RM1,590.

So far, 200 bookings for the 3008 have been received, and Nasim is targeting 400 sales units for the SUV this year. This will contribute 22% to the company’s overall sales target of 1,800 units for 2017.

For more information and specifications of the new Peugeot 3008, head on over to CarBase.my. Also check out our first look video below, where our man Hafriz Shah gets you acquainted with the French SUV.


GALLERY: Peugeot 3008 Allure THP

GALLERY: Peugeot 3008 Active THP