Peugeot introduces 4×4 508 for 2012

Based on the Peugeot 508, the Peugeot RXH will use the first ever diesel-hybrid engine setup to go on sale in the UK.

This means the car will use both an electric motor powered by a battery pack and a small diesel engine. This means the car can run for short distances on purely electric mode but does not suffer from the restricted range associated with purely electric cars.

It also means the car emits just 109g/km of CO2 emissions, meaning it falls into the zero first year Vehicle Excise Duty in the UK.

However, the 2.0-litre diesel engine and electric motor combine to provide 200bhp and the four-wheel drive is expected to be popular with UK buyers after two consecutive winters of heavy snow.

Despite being based on the Peugeot 508, there are several differences to the design of the RXH.

These include a slightly increased height to match the four-wheel drive system. Other additions include LED daytime running lights designed to look like lion’s claws, a floating grille and extensions to the grey bumpers down the sides of the car.

Inside, the car is aimed at the executive and premium family market, with a head-up display, panoramic glass roof, half-leather seats and a modern audio and satellite navigation system.

The Peugeot 508 RXH, which uses the HYbrid4 powertrain which will first appear in a diesel-hybrid 3008 crossover this year, will go on sale in the UK in spring 2012.

It will be revealed to the world for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but prices and full specification details will not be announced until closer to the launch date.