Peugeot’s best of all worlds

03 September 2019

PEUGEOT is to introduce a vehicle that it reckons achieves the best of all possible worlds in terms of ability, performance, economy and environmental friendliness.

It will available to order later this year in the guise of the 3008 GT Hybrid4, which as the name suggests is a petrol/electric version of the 3008 SUV model with four-wheel-drive.

As a plug-in hybrid in addition to a 1.6-litre petrol, it achieves an official CO2 rating of just 29g/km, which endows it with the lowest possible tax liability.

Powered by a combination of a 1.6-litre PureTech petrol unit and two electric motors, it generates a prodigious power output of a whopping 300bhp.

This is equivalent to 220kW, which results in rapid acceleration to 60mph in just 5.9 seconds.

The 13.2kWh battery can be fully charged in less than two hours using a standard 7kW charging point and provides up to 35 miles of fully electric driving.

A less powerful 225bhp front-wheel drive version will follow the four-wheel drive Hybrid4 model next year.

The 165kW front-wheel drive model will combine a 132kW (180hp) PureTech petrol unit, with an 80kW (110hp) electric motor, located on the front axle, that is controlled via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

In a move further upmarket, the 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4 gets Nappa Mistral full grain leather interior trim and the newest safety technology, with adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function and Lane Positioning Assist.

Peugeot says that the newcomer will be joined by PHEV versions of the new 508 Fastback and the new 508 SW estate, while the new 208 and 2008 SUV will both offer fully electric variants, the e-208 and e-2008 SUV. By 2023, Peugeot will offer electrified variants of every model in its line-up, as will several other manufacturers.