The most popular model in the Peugeot range, the 3008 SUV, will benefit from a brand-new powertrain option when the new model goes on sale in New Zealand in the first quarter of next year.
“The 3008 SUV achieved international acclaim when it was recognised as the European Car of the Year in 2017, so it’s not surprising that it is the top-selling Peugeot model globally as well as locally,” said the CEO of Auto Distributors New Zealand, Chris Brown.
“The new model offers revised technology and the latest-generation of driving aids, which will undoubtedly reaffirm the 3008 SUV’s position as the most popular model in our line-up.
“However, what we’re incredibly excited about is the arrival of the new Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) with four-wheel drive, as this is the first time we’re able to offer this model to Peugeot enthusiasts in New Zealand.”
Power for the new 3008 GT Hybrid4 PHEV 4WD is created by combining a 200hp (or 147kW) PureTech engine and two electric engines: one at the front coupled to the e-EAT8 gearbox that reaches 110hp (or 81kW) and the second positioned on the rear axle for 112hp (or 83kW).
The innovative powertrain configuration allows the driver to select one of four different modes, with each delivering a unique set of characteristics.
“Many Peugeot drivers will likely choose the SPORT setting as it uses all the power of the combustion and electric engines, creating maximum dynamic performance,” said Mr Brown.
The Hybrid mode delivers energy optimisation between the combustion and electric engines, which not only complies with Euro 6 regulations but results in fuel consumption of only 1.9-litres/100km and emissions of less than 42g of CO2 /km (as measured by Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedures protocol).
In pure Electric mode, the 3008 SUV Hybrid4 PHEV has a range of almost 60km and emits no CO2 while driving. As with conventional electric systems, energy is recovered during braking and when decelerating which, in turn, increases the range when driving in this mode.
The fourth and final mode, Four-Wheel Drive, improves traction on low-friction surfaces such as mud, snow, ice and during heavy rain. If the power required allows for it, and if the battery is sufficiently charged, the four-wheel drive mode can be 100% electric.
The new e-EAT8 automatic gearbox (8-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission) has been electrified for the hybrid version. Its maximum torque is 320 Nm, providing a higher level of driving pleasure.
“Driving a PHEV such as the new 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4 can offer significant benefits in terms of all-round comfort and motoring enjoyment,” said Mr Brown.
“In addition to reduction in costs relating to fuel consumption, a PHEV offers a serene driving experience with no engine noise for vehicle occupants, and – for the driver especially – sharp acceleration thanks to immediate torque.
“Furthermore, it can create excellent flexibility for drivers, as the 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4 PHEV offers many of the benefits of a battery electric vehicle’s motor combined with the range of a petrol or diesel engine.”
Whilst the new PHEV is the undoubted highlight of the new range, other engine options for the GT include a new PureTech 180 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol or a BlueHDi 180 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. Both of these engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and feature a driving mode selector as standard, enabling Normal, Sport and Eco settings.
Irrespective of powertrain combination, all GT-level vehicles receive the same impressive update of specification as part of the new model release. Further advancements have been made in many other areas, with the technology offering receiving considerable enhancement.
A semi-autonomous driving experience is possible thanks to the incorporation of the latest generation of driving aids, available as part of its range of on-board technologies.
These include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go function (provided courtesy of the EAT8 automatic gearbox), Lane position assist, latest-generation automatic emergency braking (detects pedestrians and cyclists during both the day and night) with collision risk warning and extended recognition of traffic signs.
The new 3008 SUV includes the Peugeot i-Cockpit® with a new high-quality display headset and a new 10-inch high-definition touch screen. The screen comes with a series of seven elegant piano keys – the ‘toggle switches’ – allowing direct and permanent access to the main comfort functions: radio, air conditioning, 3D connected navigation with voice command, vehicle settings, telephone, mobile applications and hazard warning lights. The PHEV has a specific button which provides access to the electrical functions menu.
Further enhancements to the interior include the release of new Red Nappa Leather upholstery trim on the GT, adding to the level of quality and allure of the cockpit environment.
Subtle changes have also been afforded to the exterior of the vehicle, with redesigned front headlamps resulting in a more aggressive appearance further accentuated with LED technology.
At the rear, new, upgraded headlamps include Full LED technology (including the reversing light), displaying the 3D claws for a punchy light signature and new 19-inch alloy wheels adorn the GT.
Two new shades have also been added to the range, Celebes Blue and Vertigo Blue, taking the total palette to seven colours.
More information relating to pricing, specification and other details will be released by Peugeot New Zealand closer to launch in early 2021.