PEUGEOT is planning to introduce electrified versions of its recently-introduced SUVs.
Speaking at the UK press launch of the new seven-seat 5008, product manager Simon Broome said an electrified version of the smaller 3008 was on the cards, with 5008 possibly following suit.
He said: “With the 3008, there will be a petrol plug-in hybrid – as far as I am aware, that will be coming in early 2019.
“It would be four-wheel-drive as a result of the electric motor driving the rear wheels, and the petrol engine driving at the front.”
The 5008 may also have an electrified option in future, although this is not yet set in stone. Broome said: “With the 3008 and 5008 sharing common components, I’d imagine that it wouldn’t be out of the question.”
The 3008 and 5008 are both currently only available with petrol and diesel options, with Peugeot saying that its petrol versions are the most popular with buyers of the 3008, introduced earlier this year. The larger 5008 is expected to continue that trend.
Broome said: “We’ve been looking at the 3008 quite closely, as that has been on sale for ten months, so we’ve been looking at the sales run rate on that car and we think the 1.2-litre [petrol] engine will be most popular [with 5008 buyers].”
“It is the sweet spot in the range.”