2023 Peugeot 408 here this year with petrol, plug-in hybrid power

2023 Peugeot 408 here this year with petrol, plug-in hybrid power

The Peugeot 308’s sedan SUV sibling – the new high-riding 408 – comes here this year with the option of plug-in hybrid powertrain.


the 2023 Peugeot 408 Small SUV is poised to offer a choice of petrol or plug-in hybrid powertrain when it arrives in Australian showrooms by the end of this year.

Peugeot’s new 408 is mated under the skin to the just-introduced 308 hatch – but is stretched to the length of a Toyota RAV4 for a “liftback”-like profile and adopts higher suspension for an SUV look.

Australian government registration documents have outlined three versions: a petrol-powered version in two model classes and a top-of-the-line plug-in hybrid (PHEV).



Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but if European prices for the 408 and 308 are any guide, a top-of-the-line petrol 408 could cost $55,000 plus roading — rising to $65,000-$70,000 plus roading for a similarly equipped plug -in hybrid.

That pricing would put the 408 — which is lower on the road but has a longer body and comes loaded with more technology — close to the current 3008 midsize SUV, which costs $50,075 to $63,431, plus road costs for gasoline and diesel models or $84,790 plus roads for the PHEV.

The engines of the Peugeot 408 in Australia are the same as the 308, the documents reveal – available in two model classes, tentatively called Allure and GT.



A 96 kW/230 Nm 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder is standard on petrol models, combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

The plug-in hybrid will be based on a 1.6-liter petrol four-cylinder with 132 kW, an 81 kW electric motor, an eight-speed auto and a 12.4 kWh battery for a total output of 165 kW (based on upgraded to European specifications).

European models claim an electric range of up to 60km and a claimed 0-100km/h acceleration time of 7.8 seconds – compared to 10.4 seconds for the petrol.



The 408’s dimensions are listed as 4685mm long, 1850mm wide, 1485mm high and 2790mm wheelbase – meaning it occupies a similar footprint to a Toyota RAV4 or Nissan X-Trail, but not much larger than a Hyundai i30 hatchback is.

Curb weight (without fuel or fluids) ranges from 1361kg for the entry-level petrol model to 1684kg for the plug-in hybrid – around 100kg and 80kg more than equivalent 308 hatchbacks.

According to the government documents, spending on top-of-the-line models could add a sunroof, upgraded Matrix LED headlights and, for the PHEV, 20-inch alloy wheels.



Available features on European models include LED taillights, dual 10-inch interior screens, mobile phone charging, heated and massaging front seats with power adjustment, Nappa leather interior, a Focal premium stereo, a panoramic sunroof and a range of advanced safety technologies.

the 2023 Peugeot 408 is due in Australian showrooms sometime this year, with more details – including pricing and confirmation of engines – closer to launch.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up surrounded by performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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