The Peugeot, French Automaker’s latest launch 3008 SUV can be the next big offering for 2021 when they enter the Indian market. The SUV segment is empty with limited options and the option constrained Indian consumer base is looking for a SUV with features that 3008 boasts of. This 3008 SUV may become the best bet that the French automaker can hedge themselves on.

In the last decade, India has morphed into a booming market for the automobile sector. With opportune FDI norms and ever increasing customer base, India has become the next big market for the foreign car maker. It is evident from the automakers entering the market and the display and launch of various cars in the 2020 Auto Expo. One of those keen foreign players is Groupe PSA, the French automaker, the parent company of Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands. This European automobile manufacturer is all set to enter the Indian market in mid-2021 by joining hands with CK Birla Group with their Citroen Brand with a compact SUV priced at 31 Lakh from the looks of it.

Although a solid entering plan from the looks of it, it would be amiss to say that Peugeot 3008 SUV can be a wonderful second edition in the SUV segment with only few options to choose from, with the likes of Jeep Compass, Volkswagen T-Roc, Hyundai Tucson, Skoda Karoq & somewhat Toyota Innova Crysta. This Peugeot 3008, recently launched in UK, the base model priced at £27,160 (INR 27 Lakh) can be the winner that can provide a strong footing for the Groupe PSA to establish themselves in India, which has its own trusted automakers having decades of legacy to boost.

Peugeot 3008 comes with a lot of features that can entice the Indian customers to move from the Japanese, Korean and Indian car-markers and move to the European side, from the looks of it. The car is available in Petrol, Diesel and Hybrid Model with an engine of 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual for the base model with 1199 to 1598 cc, this car gives you the space and comfort of a higher end SUV with the fuel efficiency to boast of. This is available in the UK in six colors from a mild grey to a vibrant red. The interiors are synonymous with the exteriors that have 17” inch alloy wheels, chrome rear bumper, front frame trim and Chrome frameless “Classic” grille. The LED headlights finish off the exteriors with a Saber Style and signature Peugeot 3 Claw Effect.

The interiors are well aligned with their satin chrome trims and blue ambient lighting. Coming to the infotainment, the Car comes with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit which is configurable with a  12.3″ head-up digital instrument panel and  8.0″ capacitive touchscreen, along with a  6-speaker radio, MP3 compatible 12V sockets for all your charging needs in front, rear and also load area. This car also brags of ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with REF (Electronic Braking Distribution) and AFU (Emergency Braking Assistance) in addition to Cruise control and Speed Limiter with intelligent speed adaption with a DAA1 (Driving timer alert system) and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and ASR (Electronic Anti-skid System).

This car can be an excellent contender in the higher end SUV segment which has limited competition as of now and Groupe PSA must give serious thought in launching this in India along with the Citroen when it enters next year.

Alokita Sharma

Alokita Sharma

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