Peu­geot moves up to eight speeds

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Peu­geot Aus­tralia prom­ises its new eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion will de­liver slicker shifts, new tricks and fuel sav­ings of up to seven per­cent when it is rolled out on se­lected mod­els, start­ing with the new sporty 308 GT lim­ited edi­tion later this month.

The flag­ship 508 GT range that ar­rives in Au­gust is also in line to get the new trans­mis­sion, co-de­vel­oped with Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer Aisin, as are the GT ver­sions of the diesel 3008 and 5008 SUVS.

How­ever, the sporti­est Peu­geot of­fered in Aus­tralia, the 308 GTI, will re­main a manual-only af­fair as the new trans­mis­sion can’t be shoe­horned into its ar­chi­tec­ture.

Full de­tails of the new lim­ited-edi­tion 308 GT will re­main un­der wraps un­til the launch late this month, but Peu­geot Aus­tralia has con­firmed it will be pow­ered by a 165kw 1.6-litre petrol four-cylin­der en­gine, mean­ing it will slot be­tween the 96kw Ac­tive and 200kw GTI in the 308 range.

Peu­geot Aus­tralia prod­uct plan­ning man­ager Justin Narayan said the new trans­mis­sion would bring per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency and use­abil­ity gains.

“The all-new Aisin eight-speed shifts gears more rapidly and smoothly to aid drive­abil­ity while the new gear shift de­sign sits better in the hand,” he said.

Weigh­ing 2.5kg less than the six speeder, the eight-speed trans­mis­sion ex­tends the stop and start function to 20kmh while also al­low­ing fu­el­sav­ing coast­ing above 25kmh. Along with the ex­tra gear ra­tios that pro­vide greater ef­fi­ciency, these changes help to cut fuel con­sump­tion by seven per­cent.

Party tricks of the new ‘box in­clude the au­to­matic se­lec­tion of the park­ing brake when the en­gine is turned off and au­to­matic se­lec­tion of drive and re­verse when the au­to­mated Park As­sist function is se­lected for parallel park­ing.

Pad­dle shifters will also be stan­dard with the trans­mis­sion, thanks to its drive-by-wire con­trol.

For the fore­see­able fu­ture, most other Peu­geot au­to­matic vari­ants will re­main with the six-speed trans­mis­sion or six-speed manual gear­box.

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