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It's more than a little unusual to see the French mounting an assault on anything, but reports indicate that French automakers are attacking the crossover sport-utility market with a vengeance. In Geneva, Renault will unveil the production version of the Koleos crossover, which follows the Citroen C-Crosser and Peugeot 4008 as the first SUVs from the land of fashion and crepes. Now Peugeot is preparing its second wave in the form of the 3008 crossover.

Targeting the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan, the 3008 is expected to hit European markets in 2010. Power will reportedly come from 1.6-liter turbocharged fours burning either gas or oil and driving either two wheels or four. Inside, flexible seating configurations are expected to be on offer in both five- and seven-seat formats. The styling is anticipated to follow closely along Peugeot's design language, with a big mouth and a prominent badge on the hood. And since where there's smoke there's an overturned car on fire, Citroen is expected to get its own version, as well.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Who cares about this hack manufacturer ?!?!?! They couldn't make it here in the states years ago, so who cares what they're making out in Europe.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If it pains you so to read articles about makes not sold in the US, then don't. While I personally lament the creation of yet another stupid crossover, Peugeot makes some nice toys otherwise.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hack manufacturer? Peugeot has a far greater presence worldwide than the shabby makes from your country. With such perochial views, it's no wonder your market is denied most of the interesting, modern cars available in Europe. Enjoy your ladder-framed pickup truck, BillyBob.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Why do we have to go back to WWII everytime this kind of subject comes around, again? Let's never forget about it, but we have to move on.

      J. Crew, look a the picture carefully: can't you see it? It's a Photoshop rendering, not a real picture. A guy just took the grill of an Audi and stuck it on it. The grill and the logo aren't centered. That's why it looks like a copycat to you. So next time, before getting angry, pay attention.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a bunch of copy cat designers. They are just copying everything Audi does across the board.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would it be possible for Autoblog to write about French things without displaying stupid, ill-informed prejudices? And for balance, how about less unquestioning drooling over the supposed wondrousness of 'German engineering' (try squaring that with frequent and staggeringly expensive repairs to BMWs and Mercedes)? A car is not necessarily a reflection of a national identity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still doubt the 3008 will be a small SUV. Look at the 16 inch wheels and the ground clearance. The market for small vans is much bigger than for small SUVs so it seems more likely that the 3008 will be a sibling of the Citroen C4 Picasso.

      It is still not impossible that there might be a version with improved ground clearance and a slightly better setup for bad roads (better traction control) as it was available for the Peugeot Partner and is for the 207SW -- but still as 2WD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the boot of a French Foreign Legionnaire hits you right in your French-bashing face! Despite your ill advised lies the French have a very impressive military history!

      America prides itself on winning WWII, while in Europe everyone remembers the REAL conquerors of the Nazis was the Soviet Union!
        • 7 Years Ago
        No they dont. Real conquerors of the nazis?! last i checked france folded to the nazis is a few days and the US, canada and GB had to invade normandy and push them out.
        The french are panzies.
          • 7 Years Ago
          I am not french, but didn't the French help you Americans to kick the British out?
          I find it, to be honest, a bit childish to use historical referrings as a camouflage for your prejudgment which is often based on the fact that you lack profound information. The world doesn't end at your border, does it...
          Take it from a Belgian living in Munich -that's former Nazi Germany- and driving a French car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Authors of the blog, you"ve done a lot of mistakes!
      1. neither Citroen C-Crosser nor Peugeot 4008, are not first SUVs from the land of fashion and crepes! Learn more about Peugeot P4 here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_P4.
      2. 3008 is not small SUV! it is Peugeot 308 based MPV!
      3. for 308 SUV look here - http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/215253/peugeot_308_suv.html