Peugeot builds super-tough 3008 SUV for Top Gear

Peugeot 3008 Ultimate SUV concept

Peugeot has prepared its 3008 crossover for wilderness adventures.

The car started life as a 1.6-litre PureTech GT Line, not unlike one you might see outside a school at closing time. This one-off, however, had bigger plans.

Peugeot 3008 vs. Vietnam

Peugeot 3008 Ultimate SUV concept

So what’s different about this special 3008? Quite a bit. Cooper AT3 off-road tyres wrap the 17-inch steel wheels, while the underbody is protected by skid plates.

There’s also a massive LED light bar mounted atop a stout alloy roof rack. And the 3008 is a camper of sorts, thanks to the addition of a retractable ARB Simpson roof tent.

Out back, there’s a bike rack and bike for when the trails get too tough even for this pumped-up Pug.

Peugeot 3008 Ultimate SUV concept

Although the incongruity of a 3008 getting this treatment is interesting, it pays to remember that Peugeot is no stranger to extreme off-roading, with its history of Dakar Rally machines. 

The 3008 truck was created specifically for a Top Gear magazine feature and successfully tackled part of the Ho Chi Minh trail in Vietnam.

Peugeot 3008 Ultimate SUV concept

“This one-off model exemplifies the practicality and off-road ability of our best-selling SUV,” said David Peel, MD of Peugeot UK.

“With relatively minor modifications, the 3008 has tackled some tough terrain, proving the effectiveness of its Advanced Grip Control technology and demonstrating its true outdoor potential.”

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