PEUGEOT is set to electrify the mid-sized SUV market with a new hybrid-powered, four-wheel-drive version of the 3008 which will be available to order in the UK later this year.
The new 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4 combines four-wheel drive technology and 300hp from its petrol engine and electric motors with ultra-low emissions of just 29g/km, according to official WLTP testing.
It's powered by a combination of a 200hp 1.6 litre petrol engine and two electric motors - one each on the front and rear axles - which together provide acceleration from 0-60mph in a more than respectable 5.9 seconds.
The 13.2kWh battery is capable of providing up to 36 miles of 100 per cent electric, zero emission range, with a full charge taking less than two hours using a 7kW charge point, according to the company.
Ultra-low 29g/km CO emissions mean that the 3008 PHEV - Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle- will be classified in the lowest Benefit-in-Kind rate for business and fleet users with a BIK rating of only 10 per cent from April next year.
The 3008 will use the same power train as the recently launched Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 with the front electric motor coupled to an electrified eight-speed automatic transmission, while the second motor and differential are integrated into the electrically-powered rear axle, providing all-wheel traction on demand.
After its launch, the 3008 GT Hybrid4 will be joined by a 225hp front-wheel drive model with a 180hp petrol engine combined with a single110hp electric motor on the front axle. Both models will have eight-speed automatic gearboxes.
The GT Hybrid4 will be well kitted out and will come with full grain leather interior trim and the newest safety technology including adaptive cruise control with stop and go function and lane positioning assist. Prices have yet to be revealed but will probably be around the same as the Vauxhall Grandland version, which starts at £35,590 rising to £45,590.
It will eventually be joined by PHEV versions of the all-new 508 Fastback and 508 SW estate, while the new 208 and 2008 SUV will both offer fully electric variants, the e-208 and e-2008 SUV. Peugeot aims to offer electrified variants of every model in its line-up by 2023.