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Peugeot Showcases World’s First Diesel-Electric Hybrid


Peugeot has announced its product line-up for this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Clearly demonstrating Peugeot’s pioneering and determined approach to reducing CO2 emissions, Peugeot will showcase its all-electric Peugeot iOn, its latest range of eHDi stop start models and four new models fitted with the marque’s new Hybrid4 technology: the new Peugeot 3008 diesel-electric hybrid, Peugeot Sport’s 908 HYbrid4, the new Peugeot 508 RXH diesel-electric hybrid and the Peugeot HX1 diesel-electric hybrid plug-in concept car.

The 3008 Crossover HYbrid4, to be launched later in a matter of weeks, is the first diesel-electric hybrid vehicle in the world. Its 2.0 HDi FAP 163bhp diesel engine drives the front wheels and is matched to a 37bhp electric motor on the rear axle, to give four-wheel drive capabilities, a maximum output of 200bhp, a Zero Emissions Vehicle mode, and an average fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg (3.8 litres / 100km) with 99 g/km CO2. These consumption figures represent a decrease of 35% compared to an internal combustion engine with a similar power output.

The 508 RXH is the third model in the accomplished 508 range. Hinting at its all-road capability, the 508 RXH is wider and higher than the 508 SW, sporting 18″ wheels, flared wings, a distinctive front end and new daytime running headlights. Due for launch in Spring 2012, a year after the launch of the 508, the 508 RXH will be the marque’s second model to receive its diesel-electric hybrid power plant. With a combined output of 200bhp from its 2.0 HDi FAP diesel engine and electric motor, the 508 RXH boasts exceptional fuel economy (67.2 mpg / 4.2 l/100km in the Combined Drive Cycle), and CO2 of 109 g/km.

The sporty four-wheel drive HX1 Hybrid4 plug-in, also making its worldwide debut in Frankfurt, is an unconventional six-seater concept car with four reverse-opening doors. Measuring 1.373m high, 1.99m wide and 4.954 long, the HX1’s MPV architecture boasts exceptional aerodynamics. Thanks to flaps that are deployed to optimise aero efficiency according to vehicle speed, its tapered, low MPV body style results in an exceptional Cd of 0.28. The 2.2-litre HDi engine driving the front wheels and electric motor integrated into the rear axle together offer a combined power output of 299bhp. The plug-in function allows 30km in electric zero emissions mode. The HX1 returns an astonishingly low combined fuel consumption figure of 88.2 mpg (3.2 litres / 100km) with impressive CO2 emissions of just 83 g/km.