Peugeot Introduces 3008 Crossover; Platform for First Production Application of HYbrid4 Technology by 2011
|The new 3008 crossover is the production platform for HYbrid4 technology by 2011. Click to enlarge.|
Peugeot has introduced the new 3008 crossover. The 3008 will be the platform for the first production application in the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group of the HYmotion4 all-wheel drive technology, as unveiled on the Prologue HYbrid4 concept car at the last Paris Motor Show. (Earlier post.) Peugeot plans to launch the all-wheel drive hybrid crossover between now and 2011.
The HYmotion4 technology uses a “through-the-road” design to provide hybrid all-wheel drive. The motor is mounted in either the rear or front of the vehicle, depending upon whether the vehicle is front- or rear-engined, respectively. The Prologue HYbrid4 concept and the production 3008 are front-engined.
|Technology of the Prologue HYbrid4 concept at the Paris Motor Show. Click to enlarge.|
At the Paris Motor Show, the Prologue HYbrid4 concept car was presented with a 2.0-liter HDi FAP engine with a power of 120 kW (163 bhp) and an electric motor with a maximum capacity of 27 kW (37 bhp) for a total power of 147 kW (200 bhp) and a maximum torque of 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the front and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) at the rear.
There are no mechanical connections between the front diesel engine and the rear electric motor, everything is controlled electronically “by-wire”. The Prologue HYbrid4 used a NiMH battery pack located under the rear floor, near the electric motor.
The HYbrid4 concept car can be driven in electric only mode (to start up, in town at speeds of less than 50 kph (31 mph) and when decelerating); in diesel engine only mode, at stable speeds on the open road or on highways, when the diesel engine attains its optimal efficiency; and with both mechanical and electric power combined for extra boost or in four-wheel drive mode.
With performance directly comparable to that obtained with a single 2.2-liter HDi FAP dual-turbo engine, its fuel consumption in the combined cycle is lower at 4.1 litres/100 km (57 mpg US), with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km—about 35% better than a comparable conventional vehicle with a 2.2-liter diesel engine, according to Peugeot.
The HYbrid 4 technology, which is still under development, was incorporated into the 3008 development program from the outset.
The conventional new 3008 offers a choice of six engines: two gasoline (with the 1.6-liter VTi and THP engines developed in co-operation with the BMW Group); and four diesel versions (1.6- and 2.0-liter HDi fitted with a diesel particulate emission filter). Lowest fuel consumption for the current range is 4.9 liters/100 km (48 mpg US) or 130 g/km of CO2.
To help reduce the vehicle’s weight, laser welding was used instead of normal spot welding, the front overhang was kept to a minimum by the introduction of a new type of impact absorber, a number of light weight materials were used and the thickness of the panoramic glass roof has also reduced to 5 mm, while still retaining the same levels of safety as current roofs fitted to the 308 SW etc.