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Friday, February 23, 2024

Two more Peugeot SUVs coming to Pakistan

Pakistan's Lucky Motor Corporation Limited (LMC), after the confirmation of the upcoming launch of subcompact crossover Peugeot 2008, has reportedly imported CBUs units of Peugeot 3008 and Peugeot 5008 for test and trial on roads.

We have already established that Lucky Motors is about to launch the French automobile brand Peugeot 2008, however, the recent reports suggest that the LMC is not going to stop there.

According to Pakwheels, Lucky Motors has imported two more Peugeot SUVs to Pakistan for trial and testing. The company reportedly has imported CBUs of Peugeot 3008, and Peugeot 5008.

Both 3008 and 5008 are C-segment compact crossovers from the company that look similar, except for 5008 being bigger. 5008 would compete with the likes of MG Gloster, KIA Sorento, while 3008 would be competing with Hyundai’s Tucson, KIA Sportage, MG HS type vehicles.

The price of both cars’ CBUs would be around Rs 12-13 million, according to Pakwheels. This is because of the high customs duty of the cars, thus, if the company wants to compete in the country, it has to assemble locally. However, even then, the price of the CKD units would be high as well.

Let us cover their features in the international market briefly for now.

Peugeot 3008-2nd gen

Famous car reviewer, Top Gear wrote in February 2021, saying, “Tangibly more practical and interesting than a 308, this is SUVs done properly.”

The original 3008 is known for being a failure, and a clumsy vehicle. Top Gear wrote that it, “categorically failed at winning the attention of anyone who cared one iota about their car possessing any dynamic or technological nous.”

After hedging its bets with the crossover/MPV looks of the Mk1, the current Peugeot 3008 is a genuine front-runner in the crossover class. This is because of its top-notch interior, up-to-date in-car tech, refined drive, and competitive engine range.

Peugeot 3008
Source: Youcar

In the international market, petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models exist.

Petrol units include a 1.2 PureTech 130 three-cylinder turbo petrol and the four-cylinder 1.6-liter PureTech 180 petrol. In the test, Auto Express found the 1.2 PureTech to be a surprisingly good performer considering its size, and it’s the engine we’d choose.

Diesel power was updated in 2018 with a new 1.5 BlueHDi 130 diesel, which replaced the 1.6 BlueHDi 120; the top of the range is powered by the potent 2.0 BlueHDi 180.

There are also two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models to choose from – the Hybrid 225 e-EAT8 and Hybrid 300 e-EAT8. The former uses one electric motor alongside its 1.6-liter petrol engine, while the latter uses two – one for each axle. Both use a 13.2kWh battery that can be charged in a claimed one hour and 45 minutes via an optional onboard charger, Auto Express wrote.