You’ve probably though that with all the hype diesel engines are getting, wouldn’t a diesel hybrid be the ultimate fuel-efficient vehicle? Peugeot seemed to have thought the exact same thing. First in concept form as the Prologue HYmotion4, and now finally in production.

The 3008 Hybrid4 has a combined power output of 200hp and an amazing 500Nm of torque. Power sources are a 163hp, 2.0 litre HDi FAP diesel engine powering the front wheels, while a 37hp electric motor drives the rear axle. This makes it a four wheel drive vehicle. Performance is decen, with a 0-100 figure in 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 209km/h.

Adding to its fuel efficiency technology is the second generation Stop and Start system connected to the electronically controlled manual six-speed sequential gearbox. A 7 inch LCD screen displays the operating status of the hybrid powertrain in real time.

Along with that, an energy recovery system harnesses the kinetic energy that is created through slowing down and sends it to the Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) battery. This is stored under the boot floor next to the electric motor. Conversion to a diesel-electric hybrid has added almost 120kg to the 3008.

Getting the best from the crossover will be the use of 4 driving modes. The ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode runs on pure electricity, suitable for things like getting out of a car park, while the 4WD mode uses both engines to operate together as far as possible. The Auto mode is optimized to make the best switch between the diesel and electric engine to maximize economy. Sport mode on the other hand, gives you all 200 horses from both engines with quicker gear changes at higher speeds.

The exterior will feature LED daytime running light bars, a SUV-like large front grille, chrome accents, and 17 inch Oltis alloy wheels along with the black and chrome protective trims on the lower sections. This is also the first 3008 to receive the company’s new badge.

The interior is pretty much standard 3008 fare with a few differences such as the Hybrid4 emblem on the gear lever and the the 7 inch colour display.

The company’s Multiflex interior provides room for the batteries and also offers a load capacity of 420 litres with 66 litres under the boot floor. This can be extended to 1501 litres with the second row seats folded up.

Thanks to the hybrid powertrain, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 only sips 3.8 litres of fuel for every 100km traveled, and has a CO2 emission figure of just 99g/km. Peugeot plan to stick this powertrain in other models and the closest would be the 508 models out next year. European sales of the car will start in the second quarter of next year.

Look after the jump for high resolution pictures of the 3008 Hybrid4.

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