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The 2012 Peugeot 508 RXH diesel-electric hybrid has been officially revealed ahead of its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Featuring all-wheel drive via Peugeot's HYbrid4 technology, the 508 RXH comes packing the automaker's 2.0-liter HDi diesel engine with a 28-kilowatt (38-horsepower) electric motor. This system, identical to the one found in Peugeot's 3008 Hybrid4, makes the 508 RXH a so-called "through-the-road" hybrid vehicle. Combined, the diesel-electric hybrid drive unit delivers up to 147 kW (200 horsepower) and cranks out 332 pound-feet of torque.

The 508 RXH can operate in electric-only mode, though Peugeot has not revealed the vehicle's "zero-emissions" range. The French automaker say the 508 RXH consumes less than 4.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (56 miles per gallon U.S.) in the combined cycle and emits 109 g/km of CO2.

The 508 RXH will go on sale in spring of 2012. Peugeot says it will extend its HYbrid4 technology to additional vehicles in the near future. Learn more in the official press release after the jump.
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New Peugeot 508 RXH

Full hybrid diesel-electric and distinctive allure

Peugeot keeps on going upmarket


Full hybrid diesel-electric and distinctive allure combine to offer an original view
of the all road world and enhanced driving pleasure: the new Peugeot 508 RXH.
This vehicle, unveiled in preview today, embodies a modern and original
upmarket approach for Peugeot. The style of the 508 RXH and its innovative
HYbrid4 drive unit provide features allowing it to combine freedom and driving
pleasure in a form never seen before in the segment:

200 bhp,
Four-wheel drive,
ZEV 100% electric mode,
Emissions of 109 g/km of CO2.

After the launch of the 508 Saloon and SW in spring 2011, acclaimed for its styling
elegance, its presence and its high-level build-quality and attention to detail, the
508 RXH again raises the profile of the entire Peugeot brand reinforcing its
technological lead.

Its posture and its specific design immediately place it in the all road world. Unique,
refined, raised, widened, it is also distinguished by a singular visual signature, with
its distinctive LED lights visible both at day and night, giving an impression of three
vertical 'lions' claws on each side of its 'floating' grille, the style of which is even
more striking.

To reinforce its exclusive character, the interior of the 508 RXH benefits from
special features with distinctive colours and luxurious materials, like its premium
quality interior and upholstery.

Its unique level of trim and equipment is coherent with the top-of-the-range and
technological positioning of the vehicle. Richly equipped as standard (keyless entry
system, electric front seats, head up display, 18" wheels, panoramic glass roof,
dark-tinted acoustic laminated side windows, latest audio generation and satellite
navigation unit), it welcomes its occupants with care, refinement and a high level of
comfort.

Equipped with the 2.0 l HDi FAP HYbrid4 drive train, the world first full hybrid
diesel-electric engine, the 508 RXH extends driving pleasure and freedom to travel
anywhere on all roads. With a maximum power of 147 kW (200 bhp), four-wheel
drive and a maximum torque of 450 Nm, the 508 RXH has been designed to adapt
to all uses, in a spectrum of conditions. Furthermore, it opens up new perspectives
in the segment, offering a ZEV 100% electric mode, ideal for driving in town and for
reducing consumption in the combined cycle to 4.2 l/100 km, with emissions of 109
g/km of CO2*.

After the nearly launch of the 3008 HYbrid4, the Peugeot brand will continue its
innovative strategy, combining driving sensations and advanced environmental
developments, extending HYbrid4 technology to other models.

The 508 RXH will be unveiled as a world premiere at the Frankfurt International
Motor Show in September 2011, and will be on sale in spring 2012.

* Consumption (l/100km) – figures pending : urban = 4,3 / extra-urban = 4,0 /
mixed = 4,2 / CO2 emissions (g/km) = 109.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm praying for PSA to come over, they're making some pretty nice looking cars right now, but that'll probably never happen. The American market desperately need some European choices, but it doesn't look like they'll be coming over overnight.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks great. Peugeot, please come to the States. Please.
      aquos6
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want a diesel hybrid. Just not French.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      56 miles per gallon U.S.? And here we are stuck with trucks and suvs that, for the most part, can barely break 20mpg on the highway. One would think, with our penchant for driving trucks and suvs, we would have had something like this already available to us.
        noodlz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        We'll see if they can deliver first (sounds like just an announcement at this point, not an actuality). Even so, my bet is that it would be priced beyond what most people would consider. The 3008 is priced upwards of $60k, so expect higher on this.
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        56mpg, but based on the European mileage test. So, the figure isn't directly comparable. All they did to get that figure was convert the 4.2L/100km into miles per US gallon. It's all in what test the vehicle was tested on. The European test is notorious for overestimating mileage. Also, to confuse things farther, they generally use the combined rating while in America we focus on the highway figure. I personally think we should be looking at the combined figure as well since almost no one drives all highway mileage, but that's a conversation for another day. Anyhow, as an example of how much the European test overestimates the mileage, let's look at a common example of a Toyota Prius. In Europe (info taken from the UK Toyota website), the Prius achieves 72.43mpg(UK Gallons) combined. Converted to US gallons, that drops down to 60.36mpg(US). But, look at how much higher that is than the US EPA combined rating of the Prius. The EPA rates the Prius at 50mpg(US) combined. The Europeans rate the Prius(which is mechanically identical in both markets) as achieving nearly 21% better mileage than the US version. We also know based on tons of real-world owners and professional road tests that the mileage is much closer to 50mpg than 60mpg. So, basically, don't take the European figure at face value. If we apply the same 21% adjustment to this hybrid as the Prius gets when moving from European test cycles to the EPA cycle, we'd see that 56mpg figure drop down to something more like 47mpg if it were tested on the EPA test cycle. Granted, 47mpg isn't bad(especially for an AWD vehicle), but it's not 56mpg either. It should be noted though that the hybrid is only AWD because the electric motors drive the rear wheels and the diesel engine drives only the front wheels. That's how they achieve the "through the road" hybrid effect. Secondly, you are trying to compare a 6,000lb SUV with a vehicle that is comparable in size to a Subaru Outback and wondering why the large body-on-frame SUV isn't achieving the same mileage. It's apples and oranges. You could apply a similar system to a Tahoe-sized vehicle but you still aren't going to get it near 47mpg. Additionally, let's look at the mileage figures of the standard, non-hybrid diesel version of the same vehicle. It does seem as though the RXH is a new model, but it appears to basically be a lifted, more rugged version of the 508 SW. Again, not unlike a Subaru Outback compared to a standard Legacy wagon(and also very similar in dimensions as well). Well, the standard non-hybrid 2.0L(163hp) HDi 508 SW(which is FWD, recall) achieves 5.7L/100km. If we convert to US gallons and estimate an EPA rating, I get about 34.4mpg(US) combined. That 34.4mpg figures matches well with another similarly-sized diesel offering here in the US, the VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI which also achieves a 34mpg combined figure.
        Reuben Zammit
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        Ford uses Peugeot diesel engines for the TDCi range ( Focus, Fiesta etc) over here in Europe. They make some of the best Diesel engines you can buy and much more efficient than the VAG units
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's about time they paired up their hyper efficient turbodiesels with hybrid tech
      Osama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait till this catches on. Would love a diesel hybrid hatch making ~150hp combined, 60+ mpg, 6 speed manual.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Osama
        For less fun but more mileage, there could be a CVT option...
          TangoR34
          • 3 Years Ago
          @QAZZY
          For more milage you certainly DO NOT want CVT. Manual>CVT>Torque converter for low to high fuel consumption. Not sure about double clutch's efficiency but since it's European it's highly likely will go for this or put more gears before thinking about CVT. There are so much draw backs about CVT.
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't they give it a sane name and sane capitalisation instead of HYbrid4?!
      HollywoodF1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, we're getting there. Now make it more primarily electric, and plug it in. Then we're talking.
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