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by Tim Beissmann

The off-road-ready Peugeot 508 RXH could find its way to Australian showrooms in less than 12 months’ time.

The news comes as Peugeot revealed all 300 Peugeot 508 RXH Limited Edition launch models have been sold in Europe in just three days.

Peugeot Australia’s Richard Grant says the brand is investigating the high-riding 508 RXH diesel hybrid for a possible local launch in the third quarter of 2012.

The diesel-hybrid derivative would follow the addition of e-HDi micro-hybrid technology to the standard 508 and 308 Series II vehicles from next month, and the launch of the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 around the middle of next year.

The first international deliveries of the Peugeot 508 RXH are scheduled to take place in the first half of 2012.

The 508 RXH is powered by Peugeot’s HYbrid4 powertrain, which mates a 2.0-litre diesel engine with an electric motor for combined outputs of 147kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

The versatile wagon can be driven in all-electric mode, or as a hybrid in front- and all-wheel drive. It promises a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of just 4.0 litres/100km (under European standards) and average CO2 emissions of 109g/km.

The 508 RXH is defined by its wider track and higher ride height, rugged exterior design elements, all-wheel drive capability, and premium interior with unique colours and upholstery, head-up display and the latest-generation audio and satellite navigation system.

If it does make it to Australia, the Peugeot 508 RXH will be priced above the standard 508 Allure HDi Touring, which starts at $45,990 before on-road costs.

Read CarAdvice’s review of the Peugeot 508.




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