Typically hybrid cars, a term used to describe a car that uses both a normal engine and an electric motor, use petrol engines but Peugeot has now developed a diesel alternative for its SUV crossover.
The result is significantly lower driving costs than petrol, diesel or even other hybrid cars. The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 is capable of 74mpg while emitting just 99g/km of CO2 emissions.
In the real world this means the car is eligible for Band A of Vehicle Excise Duty which is free in the UK. It also qualifies for exemption from the London congestion charge – one of the largest cars available to do so.
The HYbrid4 system uses a 2.0-litre diesel engine to power the front wheels and an electric motor to power the rear. In total, the powertrain delivers 200bhp in a four-wheel drive configuration.
However, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is capable of travelling short distances in electric mode only to reduce fuel costs on short or city-based journeys. However, it is not charged by an electric charger, instead recouping energy from regenerative braking.
Morgan Lecouper, Marketing Director at Peugeot, said: “Peugeot has long paved the way in diesel engine development and HYbrid4 is at the fore of automotive technology.”
A limited edition Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 has been on sale in the UK for the past few months in limited numbers, but order books are now open for standard versions of the large family car.
The price of £26,995 is above similar petrol and diesel models but Peugeot has included a high level of equipment for the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, putting it near the top of the car’s range.
The Peugeot HYbrid4 technology will be used in the Citroen DS5 and the new Peugeot 508 RXH from next year and Peugeot is expected to expand the technology to include smaller and more efficient engines in future.