Peugeot has officially started taking orders for its diesel-electric 3008 HYbrid4 over in Europe. Priced from £26,995 ($43,659 U.S. at the current exchange rate) in the UK, the world's first production diesel through-the-road hybrid seems a decent value.
The mid-size crossover uses a system that consists of a 163-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four diesel engine driving the front wheels and a 37-horsepower electric motor powering the rear axle, which operates independently of the 3008's internal combustion drivetrain. This is known as a "through-the-road hybrid." Peugeot says the 3008 HYbrid4 returns a remarkable 61.9 miles per gallon (U.S.) on the European combined driving cycle fuel consumption and spits out CO2 emissions at a rate of 99 grams per kilometer.
Having sold out all of its far-more expensive 300 limited edition 3008 HYbrid4s in just nine days, we'd assume Peugeot will have no problem selling a decent batch of this more reasonably priced diesel-electric crossover.