Peugeot 3008 hybrid: reservations open for new plug-in SUV

Plug-in hybrid versions of the Peugeot 3008 SUV are now available to order

Order books for the new Peugeot 3008 hybrid have opened, with the manufacturer taking deposits of £500 ahead of the first customer deliveries taking place in January next year. Full prices have yet to be confirmed.

Two versions of 3008 plug-in hybrid are being offered: one with the same powertrain as the 508 hybrid, and then a higher-performance '3008 GT Hybrid4' version.

The latter offers up to 40 miles of electric range, with power coming from a 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 197bhp paired to two electric motors for all-wheel drive. The combined system output is given as 296bhp, which results in a 0-62mph figure of just 5.9 seconds.

A 13.2kWh battery can be fully charged from a 7.4kW home wallbox in an hour and 45 minutes, while the GT Hybrid4 model will only be available – as the name suggests – in Peugeot’s GT trim level. This includes seats finished in Alcantara, with "real aged oak wood" featuring throughout the interior.

The less powerful version has a single electric motor working in tandem with the 1.6-litre petrol engine, meaning it's front-wheel drive with a maximum power output of 222bhp.

An 11.8kWh battery also features, although it's yet not clear if this version of the 3008 hybrid will match the 508's pure-electric range of 39 miles. Previously, a zero-emissions driving range of 25 miles was mooted.

The 3008 hybrid is based on the same platform as the Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV and Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV. Peugeot says boot space won’t be affected by the introduction of the battery pack, meaning the PHEV model will offer the same 591 litres of capacity found in the rest of the line-up.