However all of this hybrid technology comes at a cost and in the Hybrid4′s case, that price is weight. The diesel engine and hybrid setup adds another 120kg (264lb) to the overall weight of the vehicle. However, to compensate, the driver can choose to run the vehicle in front-drive only, rear-drive only and all-wheel drive modes depending on the journey.
Four different operating modes can also be selected: In “Auto” mode, the electronics manage the change between the diesel engine and the electric motor for maximum economy. In “ZEV” mode, the car runs on pure electricity for a maximum drive range of 4.5 km or 2.8 miles. “4WD” mode instructs both power trains to operate together for as much as possible, while the sport mode puts the full 200-horsepower system front and centre. As a result, the vehicle’s fuel consumption is impressive with figures of 3.8lt/100km (equal to 61.9mpg US or 74.4mpg UK) and CO2 emissions of only 99g/km. In terms of performance, the French automaker claims a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 209km/h (130mph).
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 will be built at the firm’s Sochaux and Mulhouse plants in France, and sales on the continent are expected to start early next year.