There was electricity in the air at the Peugeot stand as the French maker used the Geneva Motor Show to introduce a variety of new hybrids and plug-ins – and outline its new battery car joint venture with Germany’s BMW.
Peugeot finally took the wraps off the look-awaited 3008 Hybrid4, the first diesel-electric vehicle in the world. This model will be available in a limited edition of 300 units, which will be ready to hit the market in the fall.
The 3008 Hybrid4 is equipped with a 163 horsepower 2.0-liter HDi diesel engine driving the front wheels. The electric motor adds another 37 hp, but creates a sort of through-the-road all-wheel-drive system by powering the rear wheels.
This concept offers not only AWD, but also a maximum of 200 hp and the possibility to reach an average fuel consumption of 3.8 l/100 km – by European terms — or 62 mpg.
In 2012, Peugeot will also bring a Hybrid4 version of the larger 508 on the market. Meanwhile, the conventional versions of both the 508 and 308 will be getting the new stop/start technology which shuts the engine down, temporarily, instead of idling.