A one-off version of the Peugeot 3008 SUV has been created exclusively to feature in Top Gear magazine. The well-equipped off-roader packs a design specifically intended to tackle the northern part of the historic Ho Chi Minh trail, a network of logistical roads built from North to South Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia which was used during the Vietnam War.
The Peugeot 3008 crossover is known for its front-wheel drive, there’s no all-wheel drive option offered, and this concept isn’t an exception. Why? Because the model rides on the Peugeot-Citroen platform that was never made for all-wheel drive. However, some forthcoming plug-in hybrid variants will change the tradition a little by having an electric motor located on the rear axle.
The concept is built based on the 1.6-liter petrol GT-Line, which has its front-wheel drive setup teamed with Peugeot’s smart Grip Control that ensures maximum traction in various off-road surfaces. This gives the car the flavor of 4×4; making it an even more exciting vehicle, especially for those who love adventure.
And this is still completely relevant for the French automaker. Its 3008 DKR also remains loyal to the company’s two-wheel drive philosophy, although it’s rear instead of front-drive. You can’t blame it for being different, since it’s made to be a pure Dakar racer, hence the reason it has very little in common with the production model save the 3008 moniker.
Turning our attention back to the 3008 concept, the SUV sits on 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in Cooper Discoverer AT3 all-terrain tires. It has its underbody protection reinforced by a front skid plate. The car also has brighter and more capable lighting thanks to the LED light bar at the front of its aluminum roof rack.
Making the 3008 even more convenient is the availability of a retractable ARB Simpson rooftop tent; you can camp in it when break time comes. In addition, the SUV has a bicycle rack complete with a Peugeot bike at its rear, as well as a distinctive body wrap with a lime accent on the rear doors that make it look fresh despite the black finish.