The 3008 crossover will likely be the first vehicle to get the hybrid system. The system always has the front wheels powered by the diesel engine, while the back wheels are powered by the electric system. This allows for on-demand 4WD, as well as regenerative braking and added power through they hybrid system when needed. The electric engine is more powerful than those we've seen in other hybrids as well. The car will be able to travel up to 30 mph on electricity alone. All of that combines to give this beefy crossover the fuel efficiency of a tiny car.
Of course, if you add the cost of a diesel system to the cost of a hybrid system, we'll be talking about a pretty dang expensive car here, plus it won't even be available until 2011. But for a 50 MPG SUV, it might be worth the wait and the cost.
This somewhat innovative hybrid system (which Peugeot is calling HYBrid4) will probably be making it's way to other cars soon, including the RCV sports coupe, which will be unveiled at the Frankurt show as well.
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