Our regular ‘JPJ correspondent’ Anol Alias has certainly been hard at work – having served up photos of the local spec Mitsubishi Attrage earlier today, he has now very kindly presented us with shots of the Peugeot 508 HYbrid4 sedan and 508 HYbrid4 RXH estate.
The D-segmenters are the third and fourth HYbrid4 cars to be sighted in Malaysia, after the Citroen DS5 HYbrid4 and Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4. It seems then, that the possibility of the PSA Group’s HYbrid4 tech coming to Malaysia is becoming more and more real.
All the abovementioned HYbrid4 models see the coming together of a 2.0 HDi FAP diesel engine, an electric motor and four-wheel drive for a total output of 200 hp and 450 Nm. A start-stop system is standard, and they can be driven on 100% electricity alone (ZEV mode), too.
On the 508 HYbrid4 sedan, the system yields a combined fuel economy of 3.6 litres per 100 km (27.8 km/l) and CO2 emissions of 95 g/km. Corresponding figures for its RXH estate counterpart are 4.1 litres per 100 km (24.4 km/l) and 99 g/km. Compared to the regular 508 SW, the RXH is an Audi Allroad-style wagon with raised suspension and tougher looks. Click here for more pics of the RXH.
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 then quoted as saying.
Fast forward, and with so many HYbrid4-powered models being tested in Malaysia, it shouldn’t be long before the first diesel-hybrid car is launched here. Their impressive fuel economy would be a perfect counter to rising fuel prices, and if the government’s tax incentive for hybrid cars is extended from the current end-2013 dateline, we could be looking at good deals for these high-spec cars.
Peugeot 508 HYbrid4 sedan
Peugeot 508 HYbrid4 RXH estate