Peugeot has locked in a four-pronged attack on the EV market for 2023, with the 308 GT Sport hatch now available as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Joining it later in the year will be a hybrid 508 GT Sportswagon and the fully electric e-Partner and e-2008.
The 308 GT Sport PHEV is officially on sale at $64,990 plus on-roads and mates a punchy 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an 81-kilowatt electric motor for a combined output of 165kW and 360Nm.
It uses a derivative of Peugeot’s efficient electronic automatic transmission, known as the e-EAT8 and remains front wheel drive, in signature fashion. Its 60km EV only range and claimed fuel economy of 1.3-litres/100km make it a great proposition.
Inside, it features an abundance of technology, including wireless phone charging, a FOCAL 10-speaker sound system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10.0-inch infotainment system and a similar-sized digital instrument cluster.
Tom Tom satellite navigation and 8-colour ambient lighting are included, as well as a host of safety goodness, including brake assist, stability control, hill start assist, autonomous emergency and post collision braking, blind spot detection and lane departure warning.
In the case of the plug-in hybrid version of the 508 GT Sportswagon, the order books are now open, well expressions of interest anyway, for the popular model, which pairs an 81-kilowatt electric motor with a 133kW PureTech petrol engine for a total of 165kW.
Set to arrive in the coming few months, it will launch in a single variant, offering striking style, dynamic driving and wagon practicality, with the addition of electric motor benefits. It joins the 508 GT Fastback Plug-In Hybrid that arrived locally in March last year.
“The 508 Sportswagon appeals to discerning customers who appreciate characterful and emotive style as well as the versatility and practicality afforded by the wagon design,” Peugeot Australia managing director Kate Gillis said.
“We believe the additional benefits of plug-in hybrid technology will further enhance the local appeal of our Sportswagon.”
To register their interest in the upcoming 508 Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid, customers can contact their local dealership, or visit the Peugeot Australia website.
Rounding out the EV attack is the new Peugeot e-2008, the car maker’s first fully electric SUV. Due to land in Q3 of this year, it will be the second battery-only offering after confirmation the e-Partner commercial van is headed down under.
While there’s not a load of detail yet (with Australian specifications and pricing to be launched closer to its local release), the e-2008 will be equipped with a 50kWh battery, and a 100kW electric motor. It will deliver 260Nm of torque.
It will be offered in a single highly specified variant, and is described by Peugeot Australia managing director Kate Gillis as strengthening the appeal of the French car brand’s small SUV range.
“This year, we have set out to accelerate our local electrification journey and the exciting addition of the e-2008 will play an important role in building our electrified offering and ultimately offering more choice for Australian consumers.”