Peugeot 508 RXH
Price: TBA CO2: 109g/km
Peugeot seems to think trendy crossover vehicles and its new diesel-hybrid technology - called Hybrid4 - go handin-hand. Earlier this year it launched the European-market 3008 Hybrid4, but now comes something bigger and better suited to export markets, including New Zealand in the latter part of 2012: the 508 RXH. Based on the new 508 SW but considered to be a totally separate model, the 508 RXH is an off-road-style wagon that employs a 2.0-litre HDI engine and electric motor on the rear axle to create the world’s first diesel-hybrid fourwheel drive. Or second, if you want to count the 3008. The 508 RXH can be operated in four different modes - Automatic, Zero Emissions, Sport or 4WD - and can return 4.0 litres per 100km in the official Combined fuel economy cycle. The 508 RXH is as much about luxury and individuality as it is about thrift. It boasts special interior trim and a very high level of standard equipment. It will be the flagship of Peugeot’s range in New Zealand when/if it arrives in late-2012.