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Peugeot’s new hybrid 508 previews high-performance model

Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 4:23pm

Peugeot’s Irish importer has confirmed that the plugin-hybrid version of the 508 saloon and SW will arrive on these shores early next year. You’ll not spot a 508 hybrid from the outside, compared to its diesel and petrol brethren, but it’s very different under the skin.

It will use a combination of 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine with 180hp, and an electric motor with 110hp for a combined system total of 225hp.

That combo drives through the front wheels (a more powerful four-wheel drive version will arrive later in the year) and on the new WLTP emissions test, it scores just 29g/km of CO2, and an electric-only range of 54km — both figures mean that it will qualify for the full range of plugin-hybrid grants and VRT rebates as announced in the recent Budget.

That means it’ll get a combined €7,500 rebate off its list price, which will be announced in December.

On that same WLTP test, fuel economy is calculated at 1.3 litres per 100km, which would work out at a pretty remarkable 217mpg if you could manage to equal it. To do that, you’ll need to keep the batteries topped off as much as possible. It’s an 11.8kWh battery, and Peugeot says that it’ll charge fully from a 6.6kWh home wallbox charger in one hour and 45 minutes.

Because the 508 Hybrid’s chassis (based on Peugeot’s EMP2 platform) was designed from the outset for electric and hybrid power, there’s no intrusion into the boot by the battery pack, so you get the same 487 litre boot (or 530 litres for the 508 SW estate).

Although it will be more expensive to buy than a diesel version, Peugeot Ireland claims that if you factor running costs and taxes into the equation, the overall cost of ownership over three years should be the same as that for a basic 130hp 1.5 BlueHDI diesel 508, assuming you spend about half your driving running in pure electric mode.

Des Cannon, Managing Director at Gowan Distributors, Peugeot Importer in Ireland, said: “Peugeot is rapidly embracing an electric future. The all-new 508 Hybrid and 508 SW Hybrid will join our growing line-up of plug-in electric hybrid and fully electric models, including the soon-to-arrive and all-new 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4, the e-208 and e-2008 SUV.

“This is an exciting time for Peugeot as the brand works to fulfil its philosophy of ‘choose your Peugeot, choose your powertrain’ where customers can choose between conventional petrol and diesel models as well as electrified variants. By 2023, 100 per cent of the Peugeot range will be electrified.”

Not just electrified, but possibly significantly amped-up, too.

Peugeot is also plotting a high-performance version of the 508 Hybrid, as previewed by the 508 Sport Engineered concept shown earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

While Peugeot has kept schtum about such a range-topping model, the expectation is that it will also go on sale some time in 2020, with a system total output of 365hp, four-wheel drive, and a 0-100km/h time of as little as 4.3 seconds.

It should still keep an electric-only range of (just) over 50km, so should still qualify for all the Government grants.

Peugeot Sport chief Bruno Famin said: “It’s paradoxical, but the pressure put on emissions allows us to develop a 508 performance model that we would not have imagined before.”

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