Peugeot 3008: Innovative crossover gets automatic gearbox
information supplied by: Peugeot South Africa
08 June 2010
PEUGEOT 3008: NEW MODEL ADDITION
Innovative crossover gets automatic gearbox
Peugeot has added the convenience of an automatic gearbox to its innovative Peugeot 3008 crossover range.
The new 3008 Premium 1.6 THP Automatic links the French marque’s latest, advanced six-speed automatic transmission to the lively and eco-friendly 1,6-litre turbocharged petrol engine already offered in manual-gearbox 3008 derivatives.
At the same time, the Premium specification level provides a comprehensive array of safety, luxury and convenience features, while the raised ride height, spacious interior and versatile seating arrangement continues to offer a segment-defining crossover motoring experience.
The third-generation AT6 transmission, specifically designed and developed to Peugeot’s specifications and requirements, is able to cope with torque peaks of up to 300 Nm, but is also lighter and more compact than its predecessor.
Efficiency-related technologies have allowed substantial savings in fuel consumption, together with reduced emissions. For instance, the torque converter has been optimised to reduce friction-related losses and improve overall efficiency.
Particular emphasis was also placed on gearshift accuracy and shift speed. Key changes include more direct hydraulic control, and optimised electronic control unit mapping that, for instance, allows rapid multiple gear changes.
The result is a gearbox that offers marked improvements in terms of refinement, accuracy and overall response. The six ratios have been selected to allow instant acceleration and all-round tractability, while making the most of the turbo engine’s generous torque delivery across a wide rev range.
The gearset has also been designed to favour good fuel consumption in everyday urban driving conditions, which demand crisp reactions at low engine speeds. However, the sixth gear is focussed on maximising fuel efficiency at cruising speeds, with the added benefit of lower engine noise levels.
The gearbox offers two driving modes. The first, fully automatic mode provides ultimate convenience and stress-free driving, while continuously adapting shift points to best suit individual driving styles. The second mode offers a more interactive, sporty driving experience, thanks to sequential gear selection.
The 3008 Premium 1.6 Automatic is powered by Peugeot’s latest, Euro 5-compliant EP6CDT four-cylinder engine. The 1,6-litre powerplant employs variable valve timing and advanced turbocharging to produce a healthy 115 kW of maximum power at 6 000 r/min, coupled to a torque peak of 240 Nm, already on tap from 1 400 r/min.
The result is a mix of brisk performance, incisive acceleration, and consummate cruising capability, linked to the convenience and ease of use provided by the advanced automatic gearbox.
The self-shifting 3008 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9,5 seconds, and achieves a 202 km/h top speed. Combined-cycle fuel consumption comes to a frugal 7,7 litres/100 km, with associated CO2
emissions of 178 g/km.
As the designation suggest, the Premium specification level provides a comprehensive range of convenience, comfort and safety features.
Externally, the package includes front fog lamps and rear parking sensors, while automatic headlight activation, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and Follow-Me-Home lights are included, too. Handsome 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 255/50 R17 tyres are standard, as are colour-coded exterior mirrors and door handles.
Bi-Zone air-conditioning is standard, as is cruise control with a speed limiter, a trip computer, electrically operated windows all round, heated and electrically adjustable side mirrors, height adjustment for both front seats, and height and reach-adjustable steering with power assistance.
A sound system with front-loading CD and MP3-compatibility provides the audio delights, and can be accessed by the intuitive remote fingertip controls located on the steering column.
Premium-specific interior appointments are a bi-zone automatic climate control system, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror and Peugeot's 'USB Box'. The latter incorporates Bluetooth hands-free functionality for cellphones, and audio streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices.
It also allows the connection of an iPod, MP3 player or USB storage device through the audio system, and can be accessed via the standard audio controls. Relevant audio information is shown on the 3008's integrated multi-function display.
Standard fare on the safety front includes ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD and EBA, while Electronic Stability Programme with traction control is another stand-out feature in this segment.
Six airbags (dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags) are provided, together with a collapsible steering column, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, remote central locking, and a fully integrated anti-theft alarm and immobiliser.
The Peugeot 3008 Premium 1.6 THP Auto is already on sale through Peugeot SA’s national dealer network at a recommended retail price of R295 000. The price includes a five-year/90 000 km service plan, as well as a three-year/100 000 km warranty.
ends - June 2010
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