The Peugeot 508 Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) has been confirmed for the Australian market, and will join the local range during the first half of 2023.
Peugeot Australia managing director Kate Gillis confirmed the French brand will expand its local PHEV count to four in 2023, with the 508 SW PHEV to arrive alongside the already confirmed 308 GT Sport Plug-in Hybrid Hatch, joining the existing 3008 and 508 Fastback PHEVs.
Further details, like pricing and specifications, are yet to be confirmed for Australia – though it’s almost certain the 508 SW PHEV will follow the same range structure as the 508 Fastback PHEV already on sale Down Under.
The Peugeot 508 GT Fastback Plug-in Hybrid is solely available in high-spec GT trim, priced from a lofty $81,610 before on-road costs. It’s a whole $18,179 dearer than the equivalent 508 GT Fastback petrol ($63,431).
Since the 508 GT Sportswagon is just over $2100 more than the 508 GT Fastback, expect a similar premium for the plug-in hybrid variant. With that in mind, CarExpert expects a starting price of just under $84,000 before on-road costs.
Power in PHEV versions of the Peugeot 508 comes from a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine teamed with a 11.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed auto transmission.
On its own the turbo petrol engine develops 133kW (6000rpm) and 300Nm (3000rpm), while the e-motor contributes 81kW (2500rpm) and 320Nm (500-2500rpm). It’s front-wheel drive only. Combined, the plug-in hybrid drivetrain quotes system outputs of 165kW (6000rpm) and 360Nm (2750rpm).
By comparison, the standard 508 GT offers 165kW/300Nm from its higher output 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine.
Peugeot claims the 508 GT Fastback PHEV will use 1.8L/100km on the combined cycle and emit just 40.1g/km of CO2 – compared to the petrol’s claim of 6.3L/100km. The brand also claims the plug-in Fastback will drive up to 55km per charge according to European WLTP lab testing.
Zero to 100km/h takes a claimed 8.2 seconds in the Fastback PHEV, with top speed limited to 250km/h. That pretty much matches the GT Fastback petrol, which claims an 8.1-second 0-100 time and a limited top speed of 250km/h.
Charging via a 2.3kW domestic socket takes approximately five hours from empty to 100 per cent.
Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the latest in the lead-up to the 508 SW PHEV’s Australian launch in the first half of next year.
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