Peugeot is planning to launch a number of new drivetrains including a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a super clean diesel. The French car maker has also announced that its innovative Hybrid Air technology will go on sale within three years.
The Hybrid Air system, which uses compressed air to assist or take over from a three-cylinder internal combustion engine, will first appear on the 2008 in 2016, before being rolled out to B and C segment commercial vehicles from Peugeot and Citroën. Cars using the system can run on compressed air only for a short amount of time.
PSA Peugeot-Citroën had originally said it would use the technology when it was convinced customers would adopt it, with it technically being production-ready from 2015. a Hybrid Air drivetrain could allow a car the size of a Citroën C3 or Peugeot 208 to emit as little as 69g/km of CO2.
Away from Hybrid Air, the firm's new range of engines will be offered first on the new 108, which will make its world debut at the Geneva motor show next month. At launch, it will come with of choice of three, normally aspirated, three-cylinder petrol engines, with the 1.0-litre, 68bhp e-VTi rated at just 88g/km CO2. Another 68bhp version is good for 97g/km and 95g/km when coupled with an automated manual box. The biggest engine is an 82bhp 1.2-litre, 99g/km unit.
The most potent unit is a new 128bhp turbocharged version of the 1.2-litre engine, which offers 170lb ft of torque from just 1750rpm while also offering some 95 per cent of torque between 1500-3500rpm.
A new BlueHDi diesel engine will also be fitted to 308 and 508 models. The unit has Selective Catalytic Reduction and a particle filter which reduce NoX emissions by ‘up to 90 per cent’, as well as getting rid of 99.9 per cent of particulates.