The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 is expected to be the first series produced diesel electric hybrid in the world when its mass manufacturing starts soon, and word is that we might even see it launched here in Malaysia, if our diesel quality gets the green light.

The 3008 HYbrid4 combines a diesel engine with an electric drive. PSA Peugeot Citroën worked in close cooperation with Bosch to develop the electric components (motor, power electronics, and high-voltage alternator) and configure the ESP® electronic stability program specifically for hybrid vehicles.

Peugeot says we can expect a mixed usage fuel consumption of just 3.8 litres per 100km, and an average CO2 output of 99g/km. At the same time, the combined diesel and electric power puts out a total of 200 horsepower and 450Nm of torque, so you get the best of both worlds – loads of power and torque but if you choose to drive gently you get fuel efficiency as well! The 3008 HYbrid4 accelerates up to 100km/h in just 8.5 seconds and has a regulated top soeed of 191km/h.

The 163 horsepower 2.0 litre HDi diesel engine powers the front axle via a 6-speed automatic, while an axle-split concept developed by PSA and Bosch uses an electrically powered rear axle to give the 3008 HYbrid4 partial all wheel drive capabilities. The car runs on the diesel engine alone at speeds of above 120km/h. The diesel engine has a generator mounted on it – a Bosch SMG138/80 which acts as a high-voltage starter/alternator for the start-stop system and to supply power to the electric drive and the air conditioning system.

The rear axle module has a 37 horsepower 200Nm water cooled SMG 180/120 electric motor and a differential gear unit. When accelerating hard, it acts as a booster. In situations where more traction is needed, it provides additional traction by activating all-wheel drive. An additional benefit is that the rear motor can provide continuous power thus can “bridge” the situations where the diesel engine’s power is cut while the automatic transmission is shifting gears. In urban and stop-and-go traffic, the electric motor can function independently, allowing the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 to run as a zero emission electric powered vehicle, up to a range of about 4 km.

The car’s ESP (electronic stability programme) system was developed by Bosch. As you would expect, with two different power sources running different kind of transmissions, managing traction in situations that requires computer intervention can be a little complicated. The regenerative electric drive on the rear axle was restricted in order to safeguard vehicle stability in all scenarios. There are also two vacuum pumps – a second vacuum pump is required for the brake booster when in electric mode.

The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 will begin deliveries in the UK in November 2011, with certain exclusive UK customer deliveries to begin in October 2011. The first deliveries will be of a Limited Edition version, of which only 300 units will be made.

Look after the jump for a live gallery of the cutaway car.