Peugeot Confirms 2019 Arrival Of 3008 Plug-In Hybrid
The new 3008, the most recently introduced SUV from Peugeot, will also get a plug-in hybrid version.
The bad news is that French brand still needs some time for product development on the plug-in utility vehicle, and the expected release date is 2019.
When it does arrive, the Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid will be AWD (with electric motor in the rear axle), featuring an all-electric range of around 50 km (31 miles)…but at this early stage we probably should write down any of these range estimates in pencil.
While many of the larger Peugeot vehicles are currently scheduled for “plug-in hybridization“, the smaller ones (such as the 208 or 2008) are to be fully electrified (all-electric/BEV).
Those new small BEVs however are expected after the 3008 PHEV (we should also note that the idea of a fully electric 3008 BEV has not been dismissed completely). Laurent Blanchet, Peugeot’s product director, adds:
“Everything is possible in the future,”
“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.”
For our money however looking at the under-pinnings of the car, unless battery density has a huge breakthrough over the next few years, only a plug-in hybrid 3008 seems likely.
As a side note, the 3008 also gets adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist, while Peugeot suggests the next step into more fully autonomous driving will happen around 2020.