Peu­geot 508 RXH

Price: TBA CO2: 109g/km

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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.

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