The new 3008 SUV will get a plug-in hybrid option in 2019, before smaller cars in Peugeot’s line-up get electric powertrains

Peugeot will launch a bold assault on the electric car market with 208 and 2008 electric models, following the launch of a 3008 all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid variant in 2019, boss Maxime Picat has announced.

Peugeot to introduce five electrified models by 2021

Other smaller cars in the Peugeot range are likely to get electric powertrains, while cars in bigger segments will get plug-in hybrid units.

“For the smaller cars, like the 208 or 2008, we will launch electric versions of them,” Picat confirmed at the unveil of the new 3008.

“It will be electrification for smaller platforms, smaller cars, and plug-in hybridisation for the bigger segments.”

Peugeot’s parent company, PSA, recently unveiled its five-year model strategy, which pledged to launch seven plug-in hybrids and four electric vehicles by 2020.

The plug-in 3008 will also come in all-wheel drive – with an electric motor on the rear axle – and an electric range of around 31 miles, but the manufacturer was coy on the prospect of making a fully-electric version of its new SUV.

“Everything is possible in the future,” Laurent Blanchet, Peugeot’s product director, said.

“When you are able to have a plug-in version, it’s not very difficult to have an electric one because the technology is very near.”

Higher levels of autonomous tech

Peugeot will also introduce a greater level of autonomous technology across its range in 2020, according to Blanchet.

The 3008 SUV already has adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist, which, Blanchet says, puts the car at the same level as its key competitors.

“That’s the first step, to be at the same level as the best brands on the market,” Blanchet said.

“The next step will be later, around 2020, with a second, third, fourth step of autonomous driving system.

“It’s technology that is linked to this platform. It will be possible on this platform, as we are developing a new small platform it will be available on that also.”

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bol

23 May 2016
Not like anyone else will have PHEVs in their range by 2019.

23 May 2016
A strange new definition of 'bold' meaning 'rather late and extremely obvious'.

23 May 2016
'Bold' more like bolted, horse already that is!!! by 2019 the BIK rates for the lowest hybrids will be hitting 16%, not far behind the charge on conventional cars. As hybrids are unavoidably more expensive the slightly lower BIK percentage will make no difference and the only point of having one, saving tax will have been eradicated by the governments greed. Demand and sales will begin to plummet from 2019 - what was the date PSA was aiming for?

23 May 2016
The Apprentice wrote:

'Bold' more like bolted, horse already that is!!! by 2019 the BIK rates for the lowest hybrids will be hitting 16%, not far behind the charge on conventional cars. As hybrids are unavoidably more expensive the slightly lower BIK percentage will make no difference and the only point of having one, saving tax will have been eradicated by the governments greed. Demand and sales will begin to plummet from 2019 - what was the date PSA was aiming for?

Though I agree that they are late it is also the case that the UK is not the only country in the world.

23 May 2016
Yawn


23 May 2016
Winston Churchill wrote:

Yawn

you better get off to bed then.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

24 May 2016
Winston Churchill wrote:

Yawn

But not so dull I couldn't just ignore it and felt compelled to read it and type 4 characters and click save.

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