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Peugeot 508 RXH diesel-electric hybrid revealed

 Peugeot 508 RXH diesel-electric hybrid revealed
Peugeot 508 RXH diesel-electric hybrid 11.07.2011

All-roader variant of the 508 SW features Peugeot's HYbrid4 technology

Peugeot has unveiled the new 508 RXH, an all-wheel drive hybrid model featuring the automaker's HYbrid4 drive technology.

Similar conceptually to the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro, the 508 RXH is an off-road variant of the 508 SW wagon, raised and widened in order to perform its dirt-track duties. Also distinguishing the RXH are the 3 vertical LED strips on each side of the grill which reference a "lion's claws".

The all-wheel drive unit features a 2.0 liter HDi diesel engine coupled with an electric motor mounted on the rear axle for a total output of 200 PS (147 kW) and 450 Nm of torque (332 lb-ft). The technology was first introduced in the 3008 Hybrid4 and will be used in the future by other models in the Peugeot range.

The automaker, which likes to position its cars as stylish and efficient yet cheaper alternatives to the likes of brands like VW, is the first to offer this kind of hybrid technology in the marketplace.

The 508 RXH is good for a very enviro-friendly fuel-economy rating of 4.2 l/100 km (70.6 mpg) and a CO2 quotient of 109 g/km. The car can also be driven in 'Zero Emissions' electric mode over a limited distance.

The car will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September and goes on sale next spring (2012).

Source: Peugeot

Diesel-electric hybrid and distinctive high end appeal combine to offer an original view of the world of all-road vehicles and enhanced driving pleasure: the new Peugeot 508 RXH.This demonstrates the modern and enhanced top-of-the-range vision for Peugeot and will be unveiled today in preview. The style of the 508 RXH and its innovative HYbrid4 drive unit provide features allowing it to combine freedom and driving pleasure in a form never seen before in the segment: 200 bhp, Four-wheel drive, ZEV 100% electric mode, Emissions of 109 g/km of CO2.

After the launch of the 508 Saloon and SW in spring 2011, acclaimed for its styling elegance, its presence and its high-level build-quality and attention to detail, the 508 RXH again raises the profile of the entire Peugeot brand reinforcing its technological and environmental lead.

Its posture and its specific design immediately place it in the world of top-of-the-range all road vehicles. Unique, refined, raised, widened, it is also distinguished by a singular visual signature, with its distinctive LED lights visible both at day and night, giving an impression of three vertical ‘lions' claws on each side of its ‘floating' grille, the style of which is even more striking.

To reinforce its exclusive character, the interior of the 508 RXH benefits from special features with distinctive colours and luxurious materials, like its premium quality interior and upholstery.

Its unique level of finish and equipment is coherent with the top-of-the-range and technological positioning of the vehicle. Richly equipped as standard (Open & Go system, electric front seats, head up display, 18" wheels, panoramic glass roof, dark-tinted acoustic laminated side windows, latest generation audio and satellite navigation unit, it welcomes its occupants with care, refinement and a high level of comfort.

Equipped with the 2.0 l HDi FAP HYbrid4 drive train, a world first when featured in the 3008 Hybrid4, the diesel-electric hybrid drive unit in the 508 RXH extends driving pleasure and freedom to travel anywhere on all roads. With a maximum power of 147 kW (200 bhp), four-wheel drive and a maximum torque of 450 Nm, the 508 RXH has been designed to adapt to all uses, in a spectrum of (all) conditions. Furthermore, it opens up new perspectives in the segment, offering a ZEV 100% electric mode, ideal for driving in town and for reducing consumption in the Combined Cycle to less than 4.2 l/100 km (70.6 mpg), with emissions of 109 g/km of CO2.

After the launch of the 3008 HYbrid4 in a few weeks time, the Peugeot Marque will continue its innovative strategy, combining driving sensations and advanced environmental developments, extending HYbrid4 technology to other models.

The 508 RXH will be unveiled as a world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2011, and is on sale in spring 2012.

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Comments (8)

 djcocum djcocum
Looks like an Audi Allroad, but less attractive
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July 11, 2011 5:38 pm
 PONTIAC G8 GXP PONTIAC G8 GXP
Ugliest Peugeot ever built! it's like 2009 Toyota Avensis after Chinese facelift
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July 11, 2011 12:10 pm
 eddie eddie
The diesel/hybrid is perfect for suv. Lots of torque, great mileage,battery pack would lower the center of gravity. Electric motors are trouble free and battery tech is improving daily.
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July 11, 2011 11:13 am
 RODHA RODHA
I have serious doubts about the durability of hybrid power plants over 100.000 km. There are simply too much moving parts to be stable.
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July 11, 2011 10:26 am
 Microice Microice
Like it. The diesel hybrid drivetrain is unique too in this segment but does the extra weight of the electrics justify the economy.
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July 11, 2011 10:16 am
 CDspeed CDspeed
That is a good looking car! I've always liked the idea of off-road wagons, I think they look good and make more sence than SUVs.
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July 11, 2011 10:06 am