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what if he did the unthinkable against the Peugeot 3008?

Without competition since 2016, the Peugeot 3008 is not guaranteed to finish in first place among the best-selling compact SUVs this year. The Renault Arkana is stuck to the train and has no intention of stopping there.

Looking at the sales figures of the second generation 3008, we tell ourselves that Peugeot has been sleeping on both ears since 2016. But being a benchmark also puts us in the crosshairs of multiple opponents at once. So the Lion knows it’s being spied on in this segment that thrives on compact SUVs and the time for serene glimpses into the retro seems to be over. Before the new Austral gets involved at the end of this year, the 3008 will first have to curb the rise of another Renault : Arkan. After an already convincing result in 2021 (17,000 units), the first SUV coupe from the Losange will start in 2022 under even more favorable auspices. Between January and April, it has already won over 9,500 customers† Admittedly, the 3008 continues to lead the way with 14,000 units sold, but the gap is getting smaller and faster and faster every month. Because the Peugeot SUV is not in excellent dynamics, which drops almost twice as much as the market. An even more striking finding in individuals, where the Arkana attracts twice as many buyers as its compatriot (5,000 sales against 2,300), becoming the best-selling compact SUV on this channel

Top 10 best-selling models in France between January and April

rank Fashion model sale
rank1 Fashion modelPEUGEOT 208 sale27.745
rank2 Fashion modelLEMON C3 sale21,056
rank3 Fashion modelRENAULT CLIO sale18,250
rank4 Fashion modelDACIA SANDERO sale17,683
rank5 Fashion modelPEUGEOT 2008 sale15,579
rank6 Fashion modelRENAULT CAPTUR sale15.266
rank7 Fashion modelPEUGEOT 3008 sale13,943
rank8 Fashion modelPEUGEOT308 sale13,203
rank9 Fashion modelDACIA DUSTER sale9,670
rank10 Fashion modelRENAULT ARCANA sale9,426

The Renault Arkana: a UFO that pleases

To observe the curves, the sochalien is not guaranteed to be the best-selling compact SUV in France by the end of 2022† If this were the case, it would be an astonishing putsch carried out by Renault with an unusual proposal. Because when it shows a size (4.57 m long and 1.82 m high), that is all that is most classic for an SUV, its very sloping roof and the self-proclaimed “coupé” that results from it turning it into a UFO in create the category. Less roomy than the 3008 – passenger compartment narrower at the elbows and shoulders -, with a smaller trunk and a range of less varied engines (no diesel), the Arkana doesn’t leave with all the advantages over its Sochaux rival. But the modern silhouette, neat interior and convincing road performance – although less homogeneous than the Peugeot – are attractive. Not to mention a rather interesting price positioning with a price below €35,000 for a non-rechargeable hybrid version E-Tech 145 extremely economical in the city and without the slightest restriction related to charging.

Leader in its segment since its arrival, among individuals and overall, the 3008 “2” could therefore be surpassed when in what would be his last full year† Because the third generation, completely redesigned and built on a new platform, will make its appearance in 2023. With this, Peugeot will show the new face – perhaps e-Legend concept tunes – of its productions and continue its transformation to 100% electric with theoretical autonomy between 450 and 600 km. But there will also be hybrid versions to fight against an Austral that has taken off commercially

Our illustration of the future Peugeot 3008.
Our illustration of the future Peugeot 3008.© car magazine
published on 05/07/2022 Updated 05/07/2022