Marking its first step into electrification, Peugeot is bringing its first plug-in hybrid SUV to Australia in the form of the stylish, fun-to-drive 3008 midsize SUV
Peugeot Australia has announced that a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of its 3008 midsize SUV will arrive here early next year offering 60km of electric range.
Available exclusively in top-spec 3008 GT Sport trim, Peugeot’s new plug-in hybrid midsize SUV will be priced at $79,990 (before on-road costs) and will be the first contemporary vehicle from the French brand with all-wheel drive.
The 3008 PHEV’s price represents a $25,000 jump beyond the petrol-only 3008 GT Sport, however Peugeot justifies this increase with some extra equipment along with the added functionality of an electric drivetrain.
The exterior of the 3008 GT Sport PHEV is dressed with 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels finished in onyx black, matched with a black pack that darkens the grille, window trims, lower rear bumper and various badging around the car.
Inside, the driver gains a 12.3-inch head-up display, a Focal premium sound system and the Nappa leather seat trim finished with grey stitching.
The 3008 PHEV builds on existing features shared with the petrol-only GT Sport such as heated front seats with a massage function and eight-way power-adjustability for the driver, a perforated leather steering wheel and a more aggressive bodykit.
Safety features include AEB with pedestrian detection in low-light conditions, blind-spot monitoring, driver-attention monitoring, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
With much of the driving performed by the electric motors, Peugeot says the 3008 PHEV will provide a quieter experience on the road.
The 3008 GT Sport PHEV produces 222kW of total system power thanks to a 147kW 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine combined with a 81kW electric motor at the front and an 83kW motor at the rear.
Peugeot pairs the 3008 PHEV with an eight-speed automatic transmission that is specifically designed for the hybrid drivetrain.
The PHEV powertrain provides 60km of electric-powered range (using the more realistic WLTP standard) thanks to a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery that can be topped up from 0-100 percent in around seven hours using a standard plug 3.7kW AC charger.
Buyers can purchase a 7.4kW wallbox that typically requires some electrical modification at home but can recharge the battery in around one hour and 45 minutes.
It marks an important milestone for the French brand, in preparation fora fully electric model to be introduced to Australia later in 2022 – though the exact model is yet to be determined.
Kate Gillis, Peugeot Australia’s general manager, said the decision was in line with Peugeot’s global commitment to introduce electrified variants across its entire line-up by 2025.
“Peugeot’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicles offer our customers versatility, allowing them to experience 100 percent electric driving while maintaining the choice to utilise the traditional combustion engine for longer journeys,” she said.
The full specification of the 3008 GT Sport PHEV will be released closer to its arrival, scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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