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Peugeot will set its sights on the Toyota RAV4 and Camry hybrids with its own electrified 3008 mid-size SUV and 508 Fastback sedan launching in early 2022.
However, differentiating the French pair is plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrains that will allow for a tailpipe emissions-free driving range of up to 60km on a full charge.
With a price of $79,990 before on-road costs, the Peugeot 3008 GT Sport Plug-in Hybrid is nearly 50 per cent pricier than the $54,990 GT Sport upon which it is based, but receives a significant power boost.
Under the bonnet is a 147kW petrol engine, which teams with two electric motors – an 81kW unit on the front axle and an 83kW one for the rear axle – for a combined output of 222kW.
As a result, drive is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, making the 3008 PHEV the only Peugeot mid-size SUV with all-paw traction, and significantly more potent than the 133kW 1.6-litre turbo-petrol-engined GT Sport front-driver.
With a 13.2kWh battery in tow, the 3008 PHEV can travel up to 60km on a full charge, but Peugeot Australia is yet to release local fuel economy figures.
Equipment highlights include 19-inch wheels, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, Focal sound system, Nappa leather seat trim, and blacked-out exterior components such as the front grille, badging, lower bumper trim and window surrounds.
The top-spec 3008 also comes with Peugeot’s Advanced Safety Technologies suite, which includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
The 508 GT Fastback Plug-in Hybrid meanwhile, kicks off at $76,990, placing it well above the $57,490 GT Fastback upon which it is based.
While the 508 PHEV scores a 133kW petrol engine and 81kW electric motor combo, its combined output of 165kW only matches the standard 508 GT’s 165kW/300 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine.
However, an 11.8kWh battery allows for up to 55km of all-electric driving range, while an e-Save driving mode allows drivers to run the car on the petrol engine to save some juice when desired.
The 508 PHEV sends drive to the front wheels with an eight-speed automatic transmission and – like the 3008 PHEV – Peugeot Australia is yet to reveal fuel consumption figures.
Standard equipment on the 508 PHEV includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, 10-speaker sound system, 18-inch wheels, Nappa leather seat trim and 18-inch wheels, while safety systems will mirror the 3008 PHEV.
While the 508 PHEV is also available in the wagon body style overseas, Peugeot Australia will offer the electrified powertrain exclusively with the Fastback shape for now.
Though both plug-in models won’t be delivered to customers until sometime in the first quarter of next year, select Peugeot dealerships around the country will have demonstration vehicles on hand for test drives.
As the first electrified models for the French brand, Peugeot Australia boss Kate Gillis said the brand hopes to capitalise on local customer interest in the eco-friendly powertrains.
“The introduction of our plug-in hybrid electric vehicles allows Peugeot to enter a new segment for the brand and reach a new audience of Australian consumers,” she said.
"Peugeot's plug-in hybrid electric vehicles offer our customers versatility, allowing them to experience 100 per cent electric driving whilst maintaining the choice to utilise the traditional combustion engine for longer journeys.”