New petrol-electric drivetrains mark the beginning of Peugeot's big electrification push

The Peugeot 508 Hybrid and Peugeot 3008 GT Hybrid4 have been detailed overnight, ahead of a European on-sale date during the second quarter of 2019.

With both drivetrain options the driver can use opt to utilise electric motor (regenerative) braking whenever they lift off the accelerator, and an e-Save mode, which sets aside 10km, 20km or a battery's worth of range for later.

Both the Hybrid and Hybrid4 take around seven hours to be fully recharged using the standard 3.3kW, 8A charger. A 3.3kW, 14A socket reduces charging time to four hours, while the optional 6.6kW 32A wall-box can do it all in 105 minutes.

508 Hybrid

The 508 sedan and wagon will be available with a new front-wheel drive plug-in hybrid system, which be marketed simply as Hybrid.

The Hybrid has an overall power rating of 165kW. Under the bonnet it features a 1.6-litre petrol engine making 132kW of power paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and a built-in 80kW electric motor.

With its standard 11.8kWh lithium-ion battery, the 508 Hybrid has an electric range of up to 40 kilometres under the WLTP testing regime. The Hybrid has a combined fuel economy rating of 2.1L/100km, and a top speed in EV mode of 135km/h.

Despite the addition of a battery pack, boot space is pegged at an unchanged at 487L for the sedan, and 530L for the wagon.

3008 GT Hybrid4

With the Hybrid4 drivetrain overall output jumps to 221kW, 147kW of which comes from the 1.6-litre petrol engine.

In addition to the 80kW electric motor built into the eight-speed automatic, the Hybrid4 gains an additional 80kW electric motor and gearbox for the rear axle.

The Hybrid4 also benefits from a larger 13.2kWh battery pack, and is said to have an all-electric operating range of up 50km. Peugeot claims the 3008 GT Hybrid4 can complete the 0-100km/h dash in 6.5 seconds.

A few months after the 3008 GT Hybrid4 goes on sale in Europe, the crossover will also be offered with the front-wheel drive Hybrid drivetrain used in the 508 (above).

Above: Peugeot 508 Hybrid interior.

Australia

Both the 508 Hybrid and 3008 Hybrid4 are slated to go on sale in Europe during the second quarter of 2019.

"Peugeot’s new range of hybrid drivetrains are not currently available for Australia,” the company said.

“We will however, continue to monitor the availability and suitability of the drivetrain for Australian customers and if they were to become available, we would certainly study the case for local introduction.”