It was just recently that the new 2017 Peugeot 3008 was unveiled. Now the French carmaker has taken the wraps off a bolder, range-topping variant, the 3008 GT. Boasting a 178bhp, 400Nm 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the GT also comes with the optional ‘Coupe Franche’ two-tone colour scheme that we’ve already seen in the hot GTI versions of the 208 and 308 hatchbacks. The package comes in a choice of three colours, Platinum Grey, Amazonite Grey and Metallic Copper, to go in combination with the pearl black rear. While it doesn’t magically turn the French soft-roader into a hot crossover, all these updates have added more style and relatively more performance than the standard model, which itself is a huge improvement over the previous version.

Apart from these changes, the GT trim also adds 19in two-tone alloy wheels, leather seats with massage function, a large panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control and Peugeot’s advanced i-Cockpit dashboard as standard. It also gains the compact steering wheel that’s now become a signature of most Peugeot vehicles, here sporting a chromed steel GT logo on the lower flat part of the wheel.

However, as you’d have guessed, the diesel-powered GT is quite unlikely to make it to our shores, but the GT Line trim, which is one notch lower than the full-on GT, but offers many of the specification options from the GT along with petrol engine choices, is sure to reach our market. In fact, if you don’t care much for performance in a crossover, the GT Line offers better value as it boasts LED headlights, the same grille as the GT’s, chrome double exhaust pipe, the same ‘Black Diamond’ roof as standard, and the ‘Coupe Franche’ dual tone paint.

Both the GT and the GT Line will go on sale in Europe in October this year, with the regular crossover and the GT Line likely to make it here early next year.