Immediately after announcing its electrification plans, Peugeot has revealed three new plug-in hybrid models – the Peugeot 508 and 508 SW Hybrid, as well as the 3008 GT Hybrid4. The trio will go on sale in selected markets by the second quarter of 2019.

Let’s start with the 508. Primary propulsion comes from a 1.6 litre PureTech petrol four-cylinder engine that develops 180 hp, and it’s mated to an 80 kW (110 hp) electric motor for a combined output of 225 hp. It’s fitted with a 300 volt 11.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack for an all-electric range of 50 km (NEDC cycle).

Its battery is located under the floor of the rear passenger seat, therefore the boot space – 487 litres for the 508, 530 litres for the 508 SW – for both models remain unaffected. No combined fuel consumption figure was given, but Peugeot targets 2.0 litres per 100 km. That said, its CO2 emissions is rated at 49g/km.

The engine is married to an e-EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission which channels drive to the front wheels. There is no longer a torque converter unit, instead it gets replaced with a hybrid-specific multi-disc clutch, which Peugeot says offers a torque increase of 60 Nm and improves reactivity.

Next, the 3008 GT Hybrid4 gets a more advanced plug-in hybrid system, featuring the same electrical architecture as the 508 but gains a second electric motor (also 80 kW) that’s mounted on the rear axle. The petrol engine has also been tuned to make 200 hp. Combined, this system puts out 300 hp, propelling it from zero to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The standard petrol-only 3008 gets there in 8.9 seconds.

Under the rear passenger seat rests a larger-capacity 13.2 kWh lithium-ion battery (also 300 volt), offering a pure electric range of 60 km (NEDC cycle). Peugeot says the four-wheel drive mode improves grip on wet, muddy, snowy or winding roads, and this is achieved by evenly distributing power to each individual wheel. CO2 emissions is the same at 49 grams per kilometre.

Now, for more numbers. Both the Hybrid and Hybrid4 systems enable a pure electric cruise of up to 135 km/h, and the battery can be fully charged (using a Type 2 connector) in seven hours via the European domestic socket.

Charging through a dedicated 3.3 kW 14 A socket helps reduce charge time to four hours, while the optional 6.6 kW 32 A three-phase AC Wallbox charger brings that even lower with a charge time of under one hour 45 minutes. The charging hatch is located on the rear left wing of the vehicle.

All plug-in hybrid variants feature the i-Booster braking system that recovers energy during braking or deceleration. It gets an electric pump in place of the vacuum pump on non-hybrid models.

Inside, the cabin gets updated instrumentation to feature a power meter, which replaces the tachometer and displays key hybrid drive readings. The central infotainment display is also updated to incorporate a specific hybrid menu for more detailed driving data. Meanwhile, the MyPeugeot mobile app can now activate remote charging, display charging status, pre-thermal conditioning or even assess fuel consumption.

The 508 Hybrid and 508 SW Hybrid can be had in four trims – Allure, Allure Business, GT Line and GT. The top GT variant offers ample enhancements, including the exclusive Greval Grey Alcantara upholstery.

The 3008 GT Hybrid4, on the other hand, is only available in GT trim with the same Greval Grey Alcantara material, complemented with real aged grey oak trim. It’s also equipped with adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, as well as lane keeping assist. A lower-tuned 3008 Hybrid (front-drive, 225 hp) will join the line-up at a later date. What do you think?