Peugeot has released details of two new hybrid powertrains that will be integrated into the 508 and 3008 model lines. This is Peugeot’s first use of a hybrid powertrain on its EMP2 platform, and will be available with up to 296bhp in the all-wheel-drive 3008 Hybrid4.
Comprised of a combination of PSA’s 197bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre PureTech petrol engine paired with two electric motors, combined the powertrain gives this 3008 a power rating of 296bhp and a 0-100kph time of just 6.5sec, some 2.4sec faster than the fastest current 3008 model.
This new powertrain will not only dramatically improve performance, but also allow up to 48 kilometres of electric drive on the new WLTP cycle before the petrol engine kicks in. To achieve this range, Peugeot has fitted the 3008 with a 13.2kWh battery pack mounted ahead of the fuel tank, underneath the rear seats.
That battery pack feeds two electric motors, one mounted to the standard-fit eight-speed automatic transmission powering the front wheels, with a second motor, mounted on a redesigned multi-link rear suspension design, powering the rear wheels. This also makes the 3008 Hybrid4 the first all-wheel-drive 3008 model in the range, and will exclusively be available in top-spec GT trim. Despite the massive performance jump, Peugeot did not mention whether any chassis modifications were made, although we suspect that the extra weight will dull the standard 3008’s surprisingly agile handling.