Peugeot will unveil two all-new models—the 108, successor to the popular 107; and the 308 SW—and two new engine technologies—the 1.2-liter PureTech e-THP three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines and new BlueHDi diesel emissions technology, to appear on several versions of PEUGEOT 308, 308 SW and 508—at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.
The company will also showcase a 2008 HYbrid Air crossover—an implementation of Peugeot’s HYbrid Air hybrid system (earlier post) in a 2008 Crossover. HYbrid Air is a full-hybrid solution combining compressed air and hydraulic power, with no battery required for energy storage. Hybrid Air combines a PureTech gasoline engine, a compressed air energy storage unit, a hydraulic pump/motor unit and an automatic transmission with an epicyclic gear train.
The Peugeot 108. The Peugeot 108 is an A-segment offering and is the successor to the 107, which has sold 800,000 units worldwide. The A-segment accounts for about 10% of the European new car market.
At 3.47 meteres long and weighing from 840 kg (1,852 lbs), the 108 is a compact and light urban runabout. Available as a three or five-door hatchback, it will also be launched as the 108 TOP! Cabrio version, with retractable fabric roof.
The 108 is primarily a city car, however it is also a key part of PEUGEOT’s move upmarket, so buyers get a comfortable premium cabin. Features available include a seven-inch touch-screen, reversing camera, PEUGEOT Open and Go system (Keyless Entry and Starting), automatic air conditioning, heated electric mirrors and automatic lighting.
Customers will be able to choose from four power units, including 1.0-liter VTi 68bhp and 1.2-liter PureTech VTi 82 bhp three-cylinder units. CO2 emissions are as low as 88g/km.
308 SW. Peugeot is extending the 308 range with a second body style: the SW. It builds on the success of the New 308 hatchback, which has already generated more than 46,000 orders across Europe. The new C-segment offering is built on the new EMP2 platform on which it’s built, and features a 140 kg (309 lb) weight reduction compared to its predecessor.
PureTech. The 1.2-liter 110 and 130 bhp (82 and 97 kW) PureTech e-THP three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines are modular and compact. High pressure direct injection and a next-generation high-efficiency turbo provide strong driveability from the lowest engine speed, with 95% or torque available between 1,500 and 3,500rpm. Against engines of equivalent power and driveability, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced by 21%.
BlueHDi diesel. Peugeot is also unveiling its new BlueHDi diesel emissions technology, to appear on several versions of PEUGEOT 308, 308 SW and 508. Associating Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and a particulate filter with additive, it allows NOx emissions from e-HDi engines to be reduced by up to 90%; CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are optimized while still eliminating 99.9% of particulates. The BlueHDi technology already comfortably meets the Euro 6 emissions standard and will be progressively introduced on all Peugeot’s diesel models.
HYbrid Air. Peugeot’s HYbrid Air technology uses twin sources of power to obtain the best efficiency on the move. They are compressed air, gathered from the recovery of braking and deceleration energy, and PEUGEOT’s latest generation three-cylinder PureTech gasoline engine. This technology will be demonstrated at Geneva in a 2008 Crossover.