Peugeot to unveil hybrid vehicles at Frankfurt show

Peugeot to unveil hybrid vehicles at Frankfurt show

Peugeot RCZ fq

The upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show next month will be a busy place for Peugeot, as the French automaker plans to unveil two new production models. Peugeot isn’t stopping there and will also debut its first production hybrid along with a gas-electric concept vehicle. The 5008 minivan and RCZ sport coupe are both making their first appearances in production model form, and a second version of the RCZ will also be on display equipped with Peugeot’s new HYBrid4 powertrain.

HYBrid4 is an interesting set-up it uses a parallel through-the-road system that utilises a conventional internal combustion powertrain to power one end of the car. A battery and electric motor reside at the opposite end of the vehicle. In both the RCZ and 3008 crossover, the electric drive is at the rear axle. The system allows the vehicle on demand all-wheel drive and can operate in just internal combustion, EV or combined modes. The advantage of dividing the two powertrains is that it vastly reduces mechanical complexity compared to power split systems like those from Toyota and Ford. There currently aren’t any production plans for the RCZ hybrid, although that may change.

The 3008 HYBrid4 Crossover is scheduled to launch in early 2011. The conventional gas-powered RCZ coupe should debut sometime next year with a 200 horsepower, 1.6-litre four cylinder powerplant.

Peugeot RCZ fq

The upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show next month will be a busy place for Peugeot, as the French automaker plans to unveil two new production models. Peugeot isn’t stopping there and will also debut its first production hybrid along with a gas-electric concept vehicle. The 5008 minivan and RCZ sport coupe are both making their first appearances in production model form, and a second version of the RCZ will also be on display equipped with Peugeot’s new HYBrid4 powertrain.

HYBrid4 is an interesting set-up it uses a parallel through-the-road system that utilises a conventional internal combustion powertrain to power one end of the car. A battery and electric motor reside at the opposite end of the vehicle. In both the RCZ and 3008 crossover, the electric drive is at the rear axle. The system allows the vehicle on demand all-wheel drive and can operate in just internal combustion, EV or combined modes. The advantage of dividing the two powertrains is that it vastly reduces mechanical complexity compared to power split systems like those from Toyota and Ford. There currently aren’t any production plans for the RCZ hybrid, although that may change.

The 3008 HYBrid4 Crossover is scheduled to launch in early 2011. The conventional gas-powered RCZ coupe should debut sometime next year with a 200 horsepower, 1.6-litre four cylinder powerplant.

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