Peugeot announces diesel 3008 HYbrid 4

Featuring a 2.0-litre 163bhp HDi diesel engine matched with a 37bhp electric motor, the crossover MPV delivers a combined power output of over 200bhp when driven in hybrid mode.

Peugeot has not revealed the range of the electric battery, but says it is capable of driving in ‘ZEV’ mode (Zero Emission Vehicle) which is bolstered by the HDi diesel whenever there is a sustained period of acceleration.

Like the standard model, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 crossover is capable of 4×4 driving mode, with the diesel engine providing 300Nm of torque to the front wheels and the electric motor supplying 200Nm to the rear wheels.

The result is CO2 emissions below 100g/km – making the Peugeot 3008 diesel hybrid model exempt from road tax. In hybrid mode, Peugeot says fuel consumption can reach a high of 74.4mpg.

Options include all-electric, automatic (hybrid), four-wheel drive and Sport mode, which allows higher engine speeds than normal mode for higher performance and, inevitably, higher fuel consumption as well.

Peugeot has fitted the 3008 HYbrid 4 with fuel-saving Stop & Start technology, which places the diesel engine in standby when the vehicle is stopped in heavy traffic or at traffic lights to save fuel. The innovative system then restarts the engine instantly when necessary.

As well as the diesel hybrid technology – a world’s first according to Peugeot – the 3008 follows the standard version with ESP, Parallel Park Assist, distance alert system, hill assist and a head up display featuring satellite navigation.

Inside, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 offers 486-litres of load space – slightly less than the standard version because of the need to fir in the Ni-MH batteries and electric motor – and a ‘Multiflex’ interior complete with automatic folding seats and a split lower tailgate for easier loading.

Peugeot claims the 3008 diesel hybrid is a ‘breakthrough’ in terms of low-CO2 technology and the cost of using it in a production car, although prices have not yet been announced for the crossover.

The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4, which will be the second model to feature the new, updated Lion badge after the RCZ coupe, will be built in France and released in Europe in spring 2011.