Peugeot 3008: tailgate of thermoplastic and other solutions to save up to 100 kilograms

Said Peugeot have created a better product, in all aspects, with respect to its predecessor. So that the Peugeot 3008 has not only taken the step that leads to this product to dissociate itself from its origins, the minivan of the first generation, to become in a SUV full right. The Peugeot 3008 has wanted to evolve to become one of the most competitive in its category. And to achieve this, it is not enough to improve your aesthetics, but also perfecting all those aspects which may provide an improvement competitive, among them the weight. did you Know that the Peugeot 3008 has lost 100 kilograms? Did you know that will employ a tailgate which is not metal but plastic? See “background” of the Peugeot 3008 2016.

Peugeot estimates the weight savings of the new Peugeot 3008 in 100 kilograms. So the Peugeot 3008 will mark on the scale a few 1.325 kilograms in his lighter version of gasoline, and about 1.375 kg in its lighter version diesel.

In these figures contributes to the fact that you have engines compact and lightweight. With a range of engines that, with the caveat that this has still not presented a mechanical hybrid diesel, is not far from that of his predecessor, which started with an engine 1.2 PureTech petrol with turbo and 130 HP.


But the key to its weight savings, and probably of its dynamic qualities, it is called EMP2. The Peugeot 3008 will use the platform compact modular group, the same used by the compact range of Peugeot and Citroën with a purpose, very specific, to optimize costs of production and development of compact models of very diverse nature. From a Peugeot 308, up to a Citroen C4 Picasso, passing by the Peugeot 3008. A platform has also been designed with the optimization of the relationship between weight, volume, and performance.

Going into more detail, Peugeot tells us that the biggest weight savings has come as a result of an intelligent design, of the study of each piece to avoid unnecessary elements, or overly heavy, which would increase the figures in the scale of this new SUV.

A saving which, of course, has also had to do with the materials used in its construction. The Peugeot 3008, for example, has increased the proportion of steels of very high elastic limit and ultra-high strength, which allow to create structures that are lighter and more resistant to torsion.


The use of aluminum has also contributed weight savings. In the Peugeot 3008 will be used flaps, suspension arms front and structures of the rear seats on aluminum.

More interesting, if anything, the fact that the Peugeot 3008 has been resorted to a solution that was as curious as the replace the tailgate metal for a tailgate manufactured in thermoplastic. We speak of a solution, curious, but not unprecedented. In fact, the PSA group has already employed this solution long time ago, in models such as the Citroën AX and Citroën BX. The floor of the trunk will also be assembled in a thermoplastic.

finally, Peugeot ensures that in this model have been able to reduce the presence of materials insulation without compromising on-board comfort, something that could be achieved thanks to the substantial improvement that has been achieved in the loudness of the engines.

Source: Peugeot