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.
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