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Peu­geot’s new 3008 is a beau­ti­ful ve­hi­cle, but as a SUV it’s un­for­tu­nately a bit im­prac­ti­cal: It has a max­i­mum tow weight of only 600 kg, which means the heav­i­est ve­hi­cle you can tow is a Ven­ter Glide, which is their small­est trailer. And, there’s no four-wheel-drive op­tion. How can Peu­geot then mar­ket it as a sports util­ity ve­hi­cle? Well, it looks like one and its trac­tion con­trol is good enough to take on a fairly rough gravel road. But deep sand, mud and rocks? I don’t think so. The firm sus­pen­sion and 18” wheels are also not happy on cor­ru­ga­tion or pot­holes. Prices range from R399 900 for the en­try-level Ac­tive 1.6 THP (au­to­matic) to R569 900 for the flag­ship GT Line+ 1.6 THP (au­to­matic). In other news, Peu­geot South Africa says there is def­i­nitely a dou­ble cab on its way. But con­trary to what’s been re­ported in cer­tain pub­li­ca­tions, it won’t be based on the Nis­san Navara, and also not on the Chi­nese (and ugly as heck) Dongfeng Rich. Peu­geot is keep­ing mum on the donor of the chas­sis, but be­cause Peu­geot signed a trade agree­ment with Toy­ota, it seems likely that it will bor­row more than a few bits from a Hilux. We’ll know for sure when the bakkie is launched in 2020.

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