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by Tim Beissmann

Peugeot has launched its ultra-efficient micro-hybrid diesel technology in Australia, with the first examples of the Peugeot 308 e-HDi and Peugeot 508 e-HDi now in local showrooms.

Peugeot’s e-HDi technology is available in the 308 Series II Access hatch and Touring wagon models, as well as the 508 Active sedan.

Both models are powered by an 82kW/270Nm 1.6-litre diesel engine. The 508 e-HDi returns a combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.4 litres/100km and average CO2 emissions of 115g/km. The 308 e-HDi promises to be even sharper, with a combined figure of 4.2 litres/100km and emissions of 109g/km (4.3 litres/100km and 112g/km for the Touring).

The most fuel efficient non-e-HDi 308 model – the 2.0 HDi – uses 4.9/5.3 litres/100km combined (hatch/wagon). The 508 2.0 HDi uses 5.7 litres/100km on the combined cycle.

Both 308 e-HDi models are $3000 cheaper than the 2.0 HDi models, while the 508 e-HDi is $5500 cheaper than the 508 2.0 HDi.

The micro-hybrid models incorporate a number of fuel-saving technologies, including a second-generation start-stop system, brake energy recuperation, boost system with super capacitor for efficient restarts, semi-automatic transmission with optimised gear ratios, and low rolling-resistance tyres.

Peugeot says the e-HDi models are six per cent more efficient than conventional diesel models over the combined cycle and up to 15 per cent cleaner in heavy traffic.

Peugeot 308 and 508 e-HDi manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • 308 Series II Access hatch – $29,990
  • 308 Series II Access Touring – $31,990
  • 508 Active sedan – $37,490



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