From launch, e-3008 buyers will get a front-mounted single motor with 207bhp along with that 73kWh battery for a 326-mile range (from £45,850).
Around 10 months later, the e-3008 range will grow to include a Long Range single-motor version with a slightly more powerful 227bhp motor and that 98kWh battery pack for the 435-mile range and also a dual-motor version of the 73kWh battery with four-wheel drive and a combined 316bhp.
Also from launch, there will be a mild-hybrid 1.2-litre petrol model in a standard 3008 (from £34,650). A plug-in hybrid will follow at a similar time to the additions to the e-3008 range.
To drive, a word my colleague Matt Prior believes is underused in the car-reviewing business sprang to mind throughout my time in the e-3008: fine. Fine can sound negative, but it’s not meant to be. The e-3008 is fine to drive, a 16deg C fine day where you can leave your umbrella at home and perhaps just wear one layer when the sun comes out from behind the light clouds.
Its most memorable dynamic trait is its refinement and for that the e-3008 should be commended. This is a very quiet car and soothing to drive. There is some motor whine under acceleration but other than that it’s all very peaceful.
It has as much power as you need in the real-world; the e-3008 is quick off the line but acceleration then tails off. The 0-62mph time is 8.7sec and it can reach a top speed of 105mph. It’s not memorable for its performance in the numerical sense, but the way that performance is delivered makes the car so relaxing to drive.
Regenerative braking is controlled through the paddles and is better for scrubbing off smaller amounts of speed. Three different levels of regenerative assistance are available and it works well. However, for the brake pedal itself, the first 10% or so of travel is fresh air and feels unnerving.
We did get a brief go on a circuit in an early dual-motor version, which revealed itself to be much like the standard car, just with better acceleration and a more instant response to the inputs of your right foot. But that’s perhaps unsurprisingly, given there are next to no meaningful changes to the car other than an extra 60kg of weight and some software revisions.
These laps also allowed us to sample the excellent 10.6m turning circle though around some tight cones that had been laid out, which will be a boon for parking and around town.