More spyshots of yet to be launched cars being tested by the folks at JPJ, this time of the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, thanks to regular contributor Anol Alias. The Peugeot crossover – first shown to the world at Paris 2010 – is not just a regular petrol engine-electric motor hybrid we’re familiar with – it’s the world’s first production diesel hybrid car.
The logic is simple: modern diesels are more economical (by up to 30%, Peugeot says) and powerful than their petrol equivalents, so a diesel hybrid should logically outperform a petrol one. With an electric motor helping out, the HYbrid4 offers performance of a larger diesel car, but with 35% lower CO2 emissions.
Here, a 163 hp 2.0 litre HDi FAP diesel engine with Stop-Start works together with a 37 hp electric motor – the ICE powers the front wheels while the motor powers the rear axle for AWD action. Max combined torque is a strong 500 Nm, 40% of that contributed by the electric motor.
There are no mechanical links between both powerplants – it’s all done by wire. All the hybrid components including the nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery are located in the rear; Peugeot says that there was no need to redesign the standard 3008, and weight distribution has improved with the added load in the rear.
No CVT here, as the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 uses an electronically-controlled six-speed manual, similar to the EGS transmission found in Citroens. There are four drive modes: ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle), 4WD, Auto and Sport. The headline figures are impressive – 26.3 km/l combined consumption and CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km.
Back in April 2011, we reported that Nasim was exploring the possibility of bringing in the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 to Malaysia, and that Peugeot was then conducting tests in France with our Euro 2M spec diesel.
“So far the tests have yielded positive results, but there are still more tests to be done. Once we can conclude that the 3008 HYbrid 4 will have no problems running on Euro 2 diesel, we will look into launching it in Malaysia,” Naza boss SM Nasarudin was quoted as saying.
Well, the fact that the 3008 HYbrid 4 is being tested by JPJ now shows that PSA in France has given the green light for their diesel hybrid to run on our low grade fuel, and that a local launch is on the cards. The big question is how much will it sell for after hybrid tax exemption?
Click on the link to view a gallery of the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4.