Peugeot has confirmed the world’s first full hybrid diesel vehicle will go on sale next year.
The 3008 Hybrid4 should achieve 74.4mpg, and emit 99 g/km of CO2.
Powered by a 2.0-litre 163bhp HDi engine and a 37bhp electric motor, for a combined output of 200bhp, the Hybrid4 will be able to operate in a full-electric, ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode, as well as four-wheel drive, auto and sport modes.
The electric motor will drive the rear wheels and the diesel engine will drive the front wheels, in a set-up which allows the motor, batteries, and other ancillaries to be in one place, reducing costs.
While the electric and diesel powertrains will be able to operate separately, they will also work together when required, such as under hard acceleration.
The gearbox is a six-speed electronically controlled manual, which can operate in automatic mode.
The 3008 HYbrid4 will also feature plenty of other technology, including a stop/start system, daytime running lights, a heads-up display, hill start assist, and 3-D satellite navigation.
Prices are likely to start at about £25,000 when the 3008 goes on sale in Spring 2011.
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