Unrivaled since 2016, the Peugeot 3008 is not guaranteed to finish in first place among the best-selling compact SUVs this year. The Renault Arkana gets stuck on the train and does not intend to stop there.
Looking at the sales figures for the second generation 3008, we tell ourselves that Peugeot has been sleeping in both ears since 2016. But when we are a point of reference, we are in the crosshairs of many rivals at the same time. Therefore, the Lion knows that it is being spied on in this section so full of compact SUVs and the time for peaceful retro looks seems to be over. Before the new Australian gets involved at the end of this year, the 3008 should first limit the rise of another Renault : Arcana. After an already convincing result of 2021 (17,000 copies), the first SUV coupé from Losange starts in 2022 under an even more favorable auspices. Between January and April, it has already gained over 9,500 customers. Admittedly, the 3008 remains ahead with sales of 14,000 copies, but the gap closes every month and faster and faster. Because the Peugeot SUV is not in exceptional dynamics, falling almost twice as much as the market. An even more impressive finding among individuals, where the Arkana attracts twice as many buyers as its compatriot (5,000 sales versus 2,300), making it the best-selling compact SUV on this channel.
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Renault Arkana: a pleasing UFO
To observe the curves, sochalien is not guaranteed to be the best-selling compact SUV in France at the end of 2022. If that were the case, it would be an amazing coup carried out by Renault with a strange proposal. Because if it has a size (4.57 m long and 1.82 m high) what is the most classic for an SUV, its very sloping roof and the self-proclaimed “coupe” that emerges make it a UFO in the category. Less spacious than the 3008 – the passenger cabin narrower at the elbows and shoulders – with a smaller boot and a range of less different (diesel-free) engines, the Arkana does not leave with all the advantages over its Sochaux rival. But its modern silhouette, its neat interior and its convincing performance on the road – although less homogeneous than the Peugeot – are attractive. Not to mention a rather interesting price setting with a price below € 35,000 for a non-rechargeable hybrid version E-Tech 145 highly efficient fuel consumption in the city and without the slightest limitation associated with recharging.
Leader in his section since his arrival, among individuals and in the general classification, The 3008 “2” could therefore be renewed when it was its last full year. Because the third generation, completely redesigned and built on a new platform, will make its appearance in 2023. With it, Peugeot will show the new face – perhaps e-Legend concept tunes – of its producers and will continue its transformation towards 100% electric with theoretical autonomy between 450 and 600 km. But there will also be hybrid versions to fight a commercially taken Australian..