Peugeot 408 PHEV closes gap between 308 and 508

After a few striking teaser images, Peugeot has drawn the veil on the new 408, which is considerably larger than the 308 with which it shares its platform. Remarkably, Peugeot is planning two plug-in hybrid motorizations, with which the manufacturer is aiming at the business driver. The 408 is expected on the Belgian market in early 2023.

The 408 will have a crossover bodywork that is halfway between a station wagon and an SUV with distinct coupé appeal. In terms of dimensions, this new 408 positions itself perfectly between the 308 and the 508, which are all built on the same EMP2 platform.

Logical proportions

The extra space compared to the 308 is cleverly packed into the wheelbase (between the axles) so that we can expect a spacious interior. The interior of the 408 will use the i-cockpit with a rather sporty seating position and will offer contemporary connectivity in combination with a digital landscape with screens that will control most functions.

Under the hood, Peugeot is fitting the familiar plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.6 turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor that delivers 110 hp. In both cases, the drive unit operates the front axle and is available with a system output of 180 hp for the entry-level version or 225 hp for the top-end version.

Focus on plug-in hybrid engines

Both versions use an EAT eight-speed gearbox. The battery, which feeds the electric motor, has a capacity of 12.4 kWh and can be charged single-phase via a socket or an AC charging station. As standard, the onboard charger consumes 3.7 kW. Those who want to charge faster can use the optional 7.4 kW (32-ampere wall box) charger to recharge the battery in 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Peugeot indicates that a gasoline engine will be included in the range. This is the 1.2 three-cylinder turbo engine that, with an output of 130 hp, combines neat performance with reasonable consumption.

1 ICE engine, full EV to follow

Like the other 408s, the manufacturer has coupled this engine exclusively to the EAT 8 automatic gearbox, which means that this version may not be the most affordable. It is clear that the brand does not think the time is there to abandon traditional internal combustion engines.

However, by announcing an all-electric version, which will be launched later, Peugeot does indicate which direction the brand wants to go. Exact fuel consumption figures and prices are not available yet and will be announced in the run-up to the launch of this new model.

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