Peugeot introduces diesel hybrid model

By Bryan Sims
Posted Sept. 7, 2010

French automaker Peugeot is poised to enter the hybrid race with the introduction of the world's first diesel-electric version of its 3008 series crossover Hybrid4 model. The 3008 Hybrid4 model will feature innovative technology, including its distinction as the first production light-duty diesel hybrid and the first using through-the-road hybrid technology.

The car is outfitted with a 163 brake horsepower (bhp) 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that powers the front wheels and an electric motor powered by nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries that power the rear axle, with a total system output of 200 horsepower and 500 Newton meters (Nm) of torque. Like all standard hybrids and electric vehicles, the car also features four-wheel drive capabilities along with regenerative braking.

A turbocharged clean diesel engine is connected to an electronically-controlled six-speed transmission that can be operated in manual or full automatic mode. Shifting is done either by a console shifter or steering wheel paddles.

As with most hybrid vehicles, the car can operate in three driving modes: electric-only, diesel only or a combination of both. The car features impressive fuel efficiency with a rating of 69 miles per gallon and a carbon dioxide emission profile pegged at 109 grams per kilometer (177 grams per mile). As for performance, the car has a max speed of 130 mph and can go from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds.

The car is expected to be introduced into the European market by spring 2011.

To learn more about Peugeot and its 3008 Hybrid4 model, visit
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