Peugeot has detailed the new mild-hybrid powertrain it’ll put in its 3008 and 5008 SUVs, which it says will reduce emissions and fuel consumption by 15 per cent.

    In addition to improved efficiency in urban driving, the new 48V mild-hybrid is also being touted as delivering a more refined driving experience than the PureTech 130 EAT8 powertrain it replaces.

    “Whilst there are currently no plans or information to share at this stage for the new mild hybrid powertrains, we continue to work closely with the factory to assess the suitability for introduction to the Australian market,” said a spokesperson for Peugeot Citroen Australia.

    The new mild-hybrid system features a PureTech turbocharged 1.2-litre Miller cycle three-cylinder petrol engine that provides 101kW of power and 230Nm of torque.

    It’s paired with an electric motor with peak power of 21kW and torque of 55Nm, which is recharged by the combustion engine during deceleration.

    The electric motor will be able to provide an extra 9kW of power to the engine under full acceleration.

    The motor, inverter, and ECU are all housed in the electrified six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The 48V lithium-ion battery is installed under the front left seat.

    Peugeot says there is completely electric driving capacity, albeit only to “start, manoeuvre and drive at low speed in heavy traffic”, which Peugeot says still accounts for more than 50 per cent of urban driving.

    In everyday driving the combustion and electric motors can run in tandem. During strong acceleration, for example, the electric motor can provide additional torque to the petrol engine at low revs.

    The system also allows the car to coast with the petrol engine off.

    Peugeot claims a fuel economy saving of 2.5L/100km in the city and 0.7L/100km on the road, though highway consumption is unchanged.

    The first deliveries of the updated powertrain in the 3008 and 5008 will begin in the second quarter of 2023 in Europe, and will eventually be rolled out to other existing models including the 208, 2008, 308, 308 SW, and 408.

    Peugeot in Europe has confirmed that, from the first half of 2023, each model in its range will be available with one or more electrified powertrains.

    The brand has committed to having fully-electric models available across the whole range by 2025, and be an EV-only brand by 2030, at least in Europe.

    Peugeot Australia introduced its first plug-in hybrids early last year in the 508 GT Fastback and the 3008 GT Sport and will begin its local EV rollout with the launch of the Peugeot e-Partner in the first half of this year with the e-2008 electric crossover also undergoing final evaluations.

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    Eilidh McNaughton is a Contributor at CarExpert.
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