Peugeot brags that the upcoming plug-in hybrid version of the new 508 model will have the same boot space and/or cabin room as the conventional version.
It's rare to see PHEV versions that don't sacrifice storage space, as the batteries are bulky. In the case of Peugeot, the secret lies in the EMP2 platform, which from the start was developed to handle electrified powertrains.
Pierre Paul Mattei, who lead the design of 508, said:
“Our team of designers spent a year and a half, which is longer than usual, with engineers to access the best technology and knowledge for this car’s platform. We have been able to break the conventions for design proportions while keeping those performances unaffected in the architecture.”
The only thing that didn't fit was a spare wheel/tire.
The battery probably will be around or above 10 kWh, as the WLTP rating for all-electric range is to be 50 km (31 miles), 24% more than the BMW 330e.
Sales of the Peugeot 508 PHEV are expected to begin in the second half of 2019.
The 508 will be available in a 500 station wagon version too:
Gallery: Peugeot 508 PHEV Won't Lose Interior Space To Batteries