From the Driver’s Seat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

fea­ture on all 3008 SUVs, with its spec­tac­u­lar, ex­tremely tech­no­log­i­callyad­vanced dash­board. In the 3008, Peu­geot has pro­duced some­thing very re­fined, el­e­gant and high-end, but with­out be­ing os­ten­ta­tious and flashy.

Once I’m com­fort­ably on the con­toured seat – cov­ered with a tri-ma­te­rial TEP/ Al­can­tara trim, or as an op­tion, sump­tu­ous Nappa Mis­tral leather – my sight was treated to the (GT’s) fine cop­per dou­ble top­stitch­ing on the dash­board trim, door trim pan­els and cen­tral arm­rests. The com­pact steer­ing wheel ur­gently called for my hands. Sport­ing the GT logo in chromed steel on the lower flat part, with the rim in full-grain leather, also with cop­per top­stitch­ing, one couldn’t wait to drive!

The mag­nif­i­cent gen­uine aged-oak trim on the dash­board and door pan­els are a joy to be­hold and touch. I could go on and on about the near-over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, much to Peu­geot’s ap­proval, but there are too many to put in words here: Grey oak trim, a host of small de­tails de­mon­strat­ing the brand’s know-how in the area of well-be­ing and pres­tige, touches of satin steel chrome in the driver’s com­part­ment, stain­less steel pedal unit, footrest and front door sills, floor mats with cop­per stitch­ing, black roof trim and win­dow up­rights, cop­per colour for the dig­i­tal dis­play, etc.

It is a feast not just for the eyes, but for all the other senses that ben­e­fit from the i-Cock­pit Am­plify. Dy­namic set­tings (with the Driver Sport pack), in­ten­sity of light­ing, screen dis­plays, con­fig­u­ra­tion of the acous­tic en­vi­ron­ment, re­lease of del­i­cate fra­grances, and the pos­si­bil­ity to have ac­cess to a multi-point mas­sage set­ting on the front seats prac­ti­cally cover it all!

The GT Line has many visual at­tributes on the GT ver­sion. On the ex­te­rior, in ad­di­tion to the GT Line logo on the front wings and rear tail­gate, it has spe­cific front bumper with full LED lights and the GT ra­di­a­tor grille; stain­less steel quar­ter light fin­ish­ers and weath­er­strips; chrome dou­ble ex­haust pipe; “Black Di­a­mond” roof as stan­dard; and the op­tion of the “Coupe Franche” paint de­sign in three colours with black. The GT Line can also be spec­i­fied with 18-inch two-tone di­a­mond cut al­loy wheels and Perla Nera black door mir­ror shells (they are chrome on the GT mod­els).

In­side, there’s the sporty and re­fined GT en­vi­ron­ment (in­clud­ing the cop­per top­stitch­ing) with the ex­cep­tion of the “Grey Oak” trim, the Al­can­tara seats and the nu­mer­ous pieces of trim and strips which are also in satin chrome. The i-Cock­pit Am­plify is stan­dard.

With the GT and GT Line fin­ishes, the new 3008 dis­plays Peu­geot’s in­tent to pro­vide the ve­hi­cle’s oc­cu­pants with dy­namic sen­sa­tions in a chic and re­fined set­ting. Peu­geot strongly feels that these two ver­sions pro­vide the new 3008 with the “most at­trac­tive sporty look and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in the mar­ket”.

Oh, one of the many cool stan­dard equip­ment in the 3008 is the “e-Kick”, an elec­tric-as­sisted scooter said to pro­vide an “un­prece­dented multi-modal mo­bil­ity ex­pe­ri­ence”! Tak­ing about an hour to charge and hav­ing a range of about 12 kilo­me­tres, the lit­tle fold­able scooter is de­signed for “the last mile of a jour­ney”, at a top speed of about 20km/h. Not bad at all!

As for the ride and han­dling, it was in short very en­joy­able. I’ll tell you more when the 3008 comes to this side of the world, rolling in style and chic-ly on our roads, un­der our weather. Our sole im­porter and dis­trib­u­tor of Peu­geot ve­hi­cles, Nasim Sdn Bhd will launch the new 3008 by the sec­ond quar­ter of next year. The com­pany is look­ing at in­tro­duc­ing the 1.6-litre vari­ant, for a start. How­ever, it would “rather not say” when asked about the pric­ing, other than hint­ing that it won’t be too far off the first-gen­er­a­tion 3008’s pric­ing.

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