New hybrid powertrains for Peugeot 308 and 408

New hybrid system gains a six-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox, electric motor and 48v battery.

French car manufacturer, Peugeot, has announced a new hybrid 136 e-DSC6 powertrain to power its popular 308 and 408 models. Combining a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a 21kW (28hp) electric motor and a 0.9kWh 48V Lithium-ion battery, it’s said to improve overall efficiency as well as provide a smidgeon extra torque at low revolutions.

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The benefit of this new hybrid powertrain is that it can operate more than 50% of the time in all-electric mode during low-speed motoring, the result of which has improved fuel efficiency by up to 15%. It’s also reduced CO2 emissions of up to 22g/km (408) and 19g/km (308) compared to the outgoing PureTech 130 EAT8 engine. The new hybrid engine also brings with it a reduced rate of Vehicle Excise Duty and a lower rate of Benefit-in-Kind Tax for company car drivers.

Blue Peugeot 408 hybrid

Like most hybrid systems, the new 136 e-DSC6 powertrain’s 48V Lithium-Ion battery recharges itself while driving. The compact 48V battery (0.9kWh) is neatly installed under the front passenger seat allowing both the 308 and 408 to maximise their interior space and boot capacity.

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The new powertrain will make an appearance in the Peugeot 308 Active, Allure and GT and 408 Allure and GT. Prices are set to start at £29,040 for the 308 hatchback and £30,240 for the 308 SW. The 408 hybrid will set you back £32,585.

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