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Peugeot’s new coupe SUV will only offer plug-in hybrid engines

Peugeot Australia announced funky 408 The coupe SUV will only be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain (PHEV) when it arrives in Australia in late 2023.

The company has now opened expressions of interest to 408.

The PHEV powertrain includes a 1.6 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine manufacture 132kWwith one 81kW . electric motor and a 12.4 kWh battery pack. The total system output is 165kW power.

Peugeot claims the WLTP’s electric-only range of up to 67 km and says it can be charged on AC power at a maximum speed of 3.7 kW, with the option to increase this to 7.4 kW.

This is the same PHEV powertrain as recently introduced Peugeot 308 GT Sport PHEV hatch. A 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine is also available in other markets.

Australian pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the 408’s launch later this year.

Recently written approval of the governmentlisted three distinct variants: Allure and GT models with a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder and a top-of-the-line turbocharged plug-in hybrid GT model.

It is not unheard of for a car company to get certified models for sale in Australia, although the move opens the door for Peugeot to introduce more affordable versions later.

According to the documents, a sunroof will be optional on GT versions, with the latter also getting “high-level lighting” as standard – likely matrix LED headlights instead of Allure’s LEDs.

Optional 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels will be available.

If Peugeot follows the same strategy with the 408 as its other models, the plug-in hybrid powertrain will only be offered in the top-end form.

In the UK market, 408 models come standard with LED headlights with automatic high beam, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control and power-folding exterior mirrors with low beams.

The GT also gets keyless entry and start, color-adjustable ambient lighting, Alcantara upholstery and leather effects, and “full 3D” LED taillights.

Lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking (AEB) are standard, and the rear system is based on a camera on petrol models but also includes a radar on PHEV models.

Additional safety equipment available in the 408 includes adaptive cruise control with stop/go, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane locator and forward parking sensors.

All 408 models come standard with a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Unusually for this segment, the 408 can also have night vision.

Peugeot had previously confirmed it would introduce an electric version of the 408 “several months later” of the combustion and plug-in hybrid models. It is not clear whether this will be provided here.

Peugeot 408 has dimensions of 4687mm long, 1848mm wide and 1478mm high with a wheelbase of 2787mm.

For context, the Peugeot 308 SW wagon is 51mm shorter than the 408 and upgrade 508 63mm longer.

The trunk with the second row of upright seats has a volume of 536L, which can be expanded to 1611L when the rear seats are folded.

While we don’t yet know how it will be priced in Australia, in the UK the 408 retails for around £4000 (A$7000) more in the UK than the related 308 hatchback.

For reference, the 308 in Australia starts at $43,990 before hitting the road, but will open with a GT version instead of the price-leading Allure.

THAN: Everything Peugeot 408


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