Peugeot unveils diesel hybrid 3008

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Peugeot has revealed the full details on what it claims is the first diesel hybrid production car in the world – the 3008 Hybrid 4.

The crossover is fitted with a 2.0-litre, 163bhp diesel engine and a 37bhp electric motor which combine to produce CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and fuel economy of 74.4mpg.

It comes with four driving modes to maximise efficiency but without compromising performance – ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle), four-wheel drive, auto, and sport modes are all on offer.

The engine powers the front wheels while the electric motor drives the rear, making the 3008 a full 4x4, and the most efficient available when it goes on sale next year.

This setup means the 3008 hybrid will be able to run on electric power alone, but Peugeot has not yet revealed how far it will be able to travel before the engine has to kick in.

A semi-automatic gearbox comes as standard, which helps keep fuel consumption down in auto mode, and has paddles for manual shifts in sport mode. The fuel efficiency is also helped by the stop start system, brake energy recuperation and the on-board computer which tells the driver how efficiently they are driving.

The Hybrid 4 differs slightly to the rest of the 3008 range in terms of looks and practicality. It has new daylight running lights, a two-tone rear spoiler and wears the new Peugeot badge. The space needed for the extra battery systems means that the overall boot capacity is reduced slightly, from 510 litres to 486, while the maximum space has dropped from 1,604 litres to 1,501.

More details, such as pricing and performance figures, will emerge closer to the car's global launch in the spring of 2011. It is likely to arrive in the UK next summer.