Peugeot’s hybrid 4WD model emits ultra low emissions

The new Peugeot 3008 hybrid with low emissions.

The new Peugeot 3008 hybrid with low emissions.

A new Peugeot 3008 SUV plug-in hybrid model has been unveiled. Claiming to be the most powerful road-going Peugeot, the new 3008 Hybrid4 boasts four-wheel drive and a 300bhp combined. Yet the French carmaker claims it emits just 29g CO2/km and consumes a meagre 1.3l/100km (or 217 mpg ) of fuel under WLTP (Real World Driving ) standards.

The model, available in the top-of-the-range GT trim, will be launched across Europe from October 2019. Prices and final specifications were not available at time of writing.

With more than 700,000 vehicles sold since its launch in 2016, the success story of the 3008 SUV, a former European and Irish Car of the Year winner, takes a new dimension with the powerful Hybrid4 version.

Travelling up to 59km in 100 per cent electric mode and going from 0 to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds (with the driver only ), the 3008 Hybrid4 is fitted with a 200bhp (147kW ) petrol engine, combined with two independent electric motors, altogether powering each of the four wheels.

The electric unit at the front develops 110bhp (81kW ) and is coupled to an eight-speed e-EAT8 automatic gearbox; a second electric motor with 112bhp (83kW ), is fitted to the rear axle.

The battery capacity is 13.2kWh and charging is easy and fast; a full charge can be done in one hour 45 minutes, when using a wallbox (7.4kW ).

Built on Peugeot’s efficient EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform ) platform, boot volume and high levels of comfort are preserved, even with the addition of the batteries.

Peugeot says: “In 4WD mode provides improved traction on roads or difficult terrain, and the result is flawless grip. Whether on wet, muddy, snowy or winding roads, the power is evenly distributed over all four wheels of the vehicle."

A few months after its launch, the Hybrid4 version will be joined in the range by a 225hp two-wheel drive hybrid version, which will combine a 180hp (132kW ) PureTech engine with a 110hp (80kW ) electric motor, located in the front. It will be coupled to the eight-speed e-EAT8 automatic gearbox. More on that closer to the launch date.

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