Peugeot has unveiled the new3008 HYbrid4, the world’s first diesel "full hybrid" vehicle. The new model’s hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0 liter 163 bhp HDi diesel engine and a 37 bhp electric motor. It offers a Combined Drive Cycle fuel consumption of 74.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km. The engine is mated to an electronically-controlled manual six-speed sequential gearbox.
To operate the diesel-powered, full hybrid vehicle, the driver has a choice between four modes: Auto, ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicle), Four Wheel Drive, and Sport. The Auto mode is the most fuel efficient because it utilizes both the diesel engine and the electric motor. The ZEV mode is obviously used when the driver wants to utilize the electric motor by itself. In this mode, the diesel engine will only kick in when the vehicle accelerates quickly. The FWD drive allows the diesel engine to power the front wheels while the electric motor powers the rear wheels. Last, but not least, is the Sport mode. This mode is ideal when the driver wants to make "quicker gear changes at higher engine speeds than normal mode".
The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 also comes equipped with a Stop & Start system. This system allows the diesel engine to "rest" while the vehicle is at a standstill. The vehicle can then be smoothly and effortlessly started back up, all while improving fuel consumption and emissions.
Press release after the jump.