For the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Peugeot has pulled out all the stops in their home crowd with the launch of three new models and a concept. With these debuts, Peugeot is headed towards a greener direction with a focus on plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The three new production cars Peugeot has unveiled for their birthday are plug-in hybrid versions of the 508 sedan, 508 wagon, and 3008 crossover. Peugeot adds that these variants will serve as the most powerful versions of the respective models.
Peugeot's plug-in hybrid system consists of a 1.6-liter, turbocharged Puretech engine paired to a high-voltage, lithium-ion battery. Yes, Peugeot has made a turbocharged hybrid powetrain, with the electric motors providing up to 110 extra horsepower for boost. The result is 225 horsepower in the two-wheel drive model and a punchy 300 horsepower should you opt for all-wheel drive. Peugeot adds that the electric motors add up to 60 Nm of torque over the standard Puretech turbo.
The 508, both in sedan and wagon body styles, get the 225 horsepower version. Peugeot says that the mid-sized sedan and wagon can drive on pure electric power for up to 40 kilometers and can also stay in that mode until 135 km/h. At speeds higher that that, the turbocharged engine kicks in but drivers can also opt to keep both the gas engine and electric motors working at the same time. Charging the batteries take less than two hours with the most powerful plug. The batteries are also constantly recharged when going downhill or during braking, further extending the electric power range.
As for the 3008, it gets the more potent 300 horsepower tune plus all-wheel drive. Pure electric range is also longer at 50 kilometers and the system works similar to the one found in the 508 plug-in hybrid. But thanks to the healthy power boost, the crossover can do a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 5.6 seconds.