Peugeot adds auto 'box to 3008

  • 3008 gets more powerful diesel engine
  • Six-speed automatic gearbox added to line-up
  • On sale from June with prices starting at £21,395

Peugeot has added an automatic gearbox and a more powerful 163bhp 2.0-litre HDi diesel engine to the 3008 line-up.

The new engine is a tweaked version of the old 136bhp 2.0-litre HDi diesel engine previously seen on other Peugeot models.

The cylinder head, internal engine components, intake, exhaust and timing have all been extensively redesigned. To achieve the increase in performance, the engine features the latest generation combustion chamber design known as ECCS (Extreme Conventional Combustion System), a low inertia variable geometry turbocharger, a high pressure injection pump with an operating pressure raised to 2000 bars and solenoid injectors with eight individual apertures.

The HDi 163 is only available with a six-speed automatic gearbox. This gearbox has been developed to improve the vehicle's fuel economy and lower CO2emissions.

Two driving modes are possible: Automatic, which adapts to the user's driving style, and Active, which has sequential selection control.

The 3008 HDi 163 automatic also benefits from the standard fitment of Peugeot's Dynamic Roll Control. This system, built into the rear suspension, enhances driving enjoyment and preserves ride comfort thanks to its damping control.

Standard specification includes 17-inch alloy wheels with energy saver tyres, rear parking aid, cruise control with speed limiter, radio/CD player with MP3 playback, lighting pack with boot net, height-adjustable driver and passenger seats, full body coloured exterior, dynamic roll control, leather steering wheel, front fog lights, electric front/rear windows, air-conditioning, multi-flex interior (row two flat folding seats, three position boot load area floor and split tailgate), automatic electric parking brake with hill assist, electronic stability programme (ESP), six airbags, ABS with EBFD and emergency brake assist, two isofix seat mountings, remote central locking.

Opt for the flagship Exclusive trim and you'll also get a panoramic glass roof, visibility pack (automatic headlights and wipers), head-up display, distance alert, rear side window sun blinds, tyre pressure sensors, alarm (Thatcham category 1 approved), exterior pack (chrome front and rear bumpers and side rubbing strips), family pack (additional storage in rear foot lockers), dual-zone digital air-conditioning with air quality sensor (AQS) and climate control.

The Peugeot 3008 is priced from £21,395 and will be available from June.