Gowan Distributors, PEUGEOT Importer in Ireland, has launched the all-new PEUGEOT e-208, 3008 HYBRID4 and 508 HYBRID, as the lion-brand embraces a rapid electrification roll-out in 2020. The new models complement existing petrol and diesel versions of their respective ranges and fulfil the new PEUGEOT philosophy of offering customers the option to choose the model, then the powertrain without compromising on space, technology, looks or driving sensations. By 2023, 100% of the PEUGEOT passenger car and light commercial vehicles range will be electrified.
Colin Sheridan, Sales and Marketing Director at Gowan Distributors said: “PEUGEOT is rapidly embracing an electric future. It’s an exciting time as the brand works to ensure customers have the choice between conventional petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid or all-electric variants. No two customers’ needs are the same and PEUGEOT aims to meet this very diverse customer requirement by offering a growing, wide range of powertrains. At the same time, our modular production platforms ensure whatever the customer’s choice of powertrain, the vehicle’s boot and cabin space is not affected and there’s absolutely no compromise on looks or driving sensation.”
The all-new e-208, retails from €27,334 inclusive of SEAI grant and VRT relief, and is available in Active, Allure, GT Line and the flagship GT trim. The 100 KW (136 bhp) electric unit with 50kWh battery, develops 260 Nm of torque from 0 km/h, for instant response. With three drive modes on offer, (Eco, Normal and Sport), the e-208 delivers 0 to 100kmh in 8.1s in Sport Mode. Drive range is up to 340 km, in accordance with the latest WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedures) certification. The battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km, for up to 70% retention, certifiable by the PEUGEOT Dealer Network. Interior and boot-space are identical to the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) versions as the batteries are distributed under the floor pan.
The new PEUGEOT 3008 HYBRID4 and 508 HYBRID ranges have passed stringent certification tests under the new WLTP protocol with impressive results. Under Ireland’s Budget 2020 announcements, the new models will therefore qualify for the newly calculated grant thresholds now applicable; under new rules, plug-in hybrids must now emit less than 50g/km CO2 and travel more than 50km in all-electric mode to qualify for the €5,000 SEAI grant and €2,500 VRT relief schemes.
The SUV PEUGEOT 3008 HYBRID4 300bhp AWD model, available in the top-of-the-range GT Line and GT trims, achieves 29g C0₂/km (1,3l/100km) and a 59 km range in 100% electric mode. This is the result of the combination of a 200hp (147kW) PureTech engine and two electric motors: one at the front coupled to the e-EAT8 8-speed automatic gearbox developing 110hp (81kW) and the second coupled to the rear train developing 112hp (83kW). It goes from 0 to 100km/h in 5.9s. The battery capacity is 13.2kWh for a 100% electric range. Charging the battery is easy and fast; a full charge is made in 1h45 when using a Wallbox. 4WD mode provides improved traction on roads or difficult terrain. The result is flawless grip: whether on wet, muddy, snowy or winding roads, the power is evenly distributed over all four wheels of the vehicle.
The combination of the efficient EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) platform and the new multi-arm rear axle provides high-level comfort, while ensuring high performance. The integration of the rear electric motor has no impact on the roominess and preserves the volume of trunk above the carpet.
In April, the 3008 SUV HYBRID4 model will be joined by a 225bhp (165kW) two-wheel drive HYBRID version, available in Allure, GT Line and GT trims and combining a 180hp (132 kW) PureTech engine with a 110 hp (80kW) electric motor located at the front of the vehicle coupled to the e-EAT8 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Available in Allure, GT Line and GT trim, the 508 fastback achieves 29g CO₂/km (1,3L /100km) and 54 km in 100% electric mode, whilst the SW estate achieves 30g CO₂/km (1,3L /100km) and 52 km in 100% electric mode. The new PEUGEOT 508 HYBRID and 508 SW HYBRID combine a 180bhp (132kW) PureTech petrol engine with a 110bhp (80kW) electric motor for a maximum combined power of 225bhp (165kW). The battery offers a capacity of 11.8kWh and recharging takes less than 1h45 with a Wallbox (optional 6.6 kW charger, 32A).
Built on PEUGEOT’s EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform), uncompromisingly, spaciousness is maintained, and the boot volumes are identical to the combustion versions (487L for PEUGEOT 508 and 530L for PEUGEOT 508 SW). New driving modes are on offer: a Zero Emission 100% electric mode; an exhilarating Sport mode; a Hybrid mode; a Comfort mode, combining the Hybrid mode with the comfort of the controlled suspension.
The 3008 Allure PHEV two-wheel drive model retails from €37,995 plus delivery related charges, inclusive of VRT relief and the SEAI grant. The 508 Allure PHEV retails from €38,900 plus delivery, inclusive of VRT relief and the SEAI grant.