New petrol-electric drivetrains mark the beginning of Peugeot’s big electrification push
The Peugeot 508 Hybrid and Peugeot 3008 GT Hybrid4 were detailed overnight, and will go on sale in Europe from the second quarter of 2019.
With both drivetrain options the driver can use opt to utilise electric motor braking whenever they lift off the accelerator pedal, and an e-Save mode, which sets aside 10km, 20km or a full battery’s worth of electric driving for later.
Both the Hydrid and Hybrid4 take around seven hours to be fully recharged using the standard 3.3kW 8A charger. A 3.3kW 14A Green’up socket reduces charging time to four hours, while the optional 6.6kW 32A Wallbox can do it all in 105 minutes.
The 508 sedan and wagon will be available with a new front-wheel plug-in hybrid system, which be marketed simply as Hybrid.
The Hybrid system has an overall power rating of 165kW. Under the bonnet it features a 1.6-litre petrol engine making 132kW of power paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission with a built-in 80kW electric motor.
With its standard 11.8kWh lithium-ion battery, the 508 Hybrid models have an EV range of up to 40 kilometres under the WLTP testing regime. The Hybrid has a combined fuel economy rating of 2.1L/100km, and a top speed in EV mode of 135km/h.
Despite the addition of a battery pack, boot space is said to unchanged at 487L for the sedan, and 530L for the wagon.
3008 GT Hybrid4
With the Hybrid4 drivetrain overall output jumps to 221kW, and its 1.6-litre engine is rated at 147kW of power.
In addition to the 80kW electric motor built into the eight-speed automatic, the Hybrid4 gains an additional 80kW electric motor and gearbox for the rear axle.
The Hybrid4 also benefits from a larger 13.2kWh battery pack, and is said to have an all-electric operating range of up 50km. Peugeot claims the 3008 GT Hybrid4 can complete the 0-100km/h dash in 6.5 seconds.
A few months after the 3008 GT Hybrid4 goes on sale in Europe, the crossover will also be offered with the front-wheel drive Hybrid drivetrain used in the 508 (above).