French automaker Peugeot has launched two new plug-in hybrid gasoline engines for use in production vehicles. The new engines will be available in the Peugeot 3008 SUV along with the all-new Peugeot 508 and 508 SW, optimizing power output and fuel efficiency balance.
The new engines are known as the Hybrid and Hybrid4. The Hybrid engine outputs 180 horsepower (132 kW) and is mated to a 110-hp (80-kW) electric motor for a total power output of 225 hp (165 kW) – total output figures for hybrids are affected by factors such as maximum versus average output for the electric motor. The Hybrid4 combines a more powerful 200-hp (147-kW) engine and that same 110 hp motor for a 300 horsepower (220 kW) total output, but in four-wheel drive (hence the “4”). The Hybrid will be available on the 508 models, the Hybrid4 on the 3008.
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