The hybrid diesel Peugeot and Citroën is dead: long live the plug-in hybrid

Have been more than four years since we tested, for the first time, the first hybrid Peugeot and Citroën. The French had opted for a different solution, bold on the one hand, and with a sense for the other, if we take into account that, although Europe remains very faithful to the diesel, and it does not appear that this will change in the short term. What has happened then to that, in this period of time, short to the cycles that are driving the automotive industry, today we can announce that officially the hybrid diesel Peugeot and Citroën, has died?

on the one hand, the hybrid diesel PSA did not meet the expectations. We have to remember that the bet placed by the group automobile French was important. Over the years, the Peugeot 508 RXH will only be sold with a hybrid engine diesel. Did not meet their commercial expectations, because your range of prices, perhaps, was away from what their customers demanded. But neither met its objective of providing sufficient benefits, with respect to the diesel already known, as to take on that additional payment.

The idea of the Hybrid4 system was very smart, maximize energy efficiency, provide a good performance, and above all fuel consumption very tight, with the added benefit of traction on the rear axle. But in practice, these benefits were not as superiors with respect to the diesel less powerful and without hybridization, and the saving of fuel, at least in our tests, barely perceptible.

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The new plug-in hybrids will arrive in Peugeot, Citroën and DS from 2019, with up to 300 horsepower, front-wheel drive and total, and up to 60 miles of electric range.

In recent years, and even months, in Europe there has also been a change of chip. The diesel definitely has ceased to be well seen and associated with environmental benefits. The future of the concept car with environmental consciousness passes through the hybrid, with gas engines; but above all for plug-in hybrids and pure electric. The diesel no longer has the approval of the authorities in Europe, and loses interest, interest outside of our continent is practically non-existent.

That has led to Peugeot and Citroën to make the decision is probably more logical, to stop the system’s evolution hybrid diesel Hybrid4 and bet for a new generation of plug-in hybrids promises, and much. Hybrids combine a gasoline engine of between 150 and 200 horsepower, with one or two electric motors of 80 kW (110 HP) each.

Talk of hybrids with powers up to 300 HP, in a combined mode, with settings of traction to two or four wheels, with autonomy of up to 60 kilometres in electric mode pure, and architectures that will enable this technology does not penalise the space onboard, or cargo in the trunk. These new plug-in hybrids will arrive at dealers in 2019, so that in 2021 there will be seven models of Peugeot, Citroën and DS with hybrid technology, plug-in. And much eye, because not only are compact models, but also cars small, of the segment B.

In short, the diesel-hybrid Peugeot have officially died. Very soon will leave the dealerships. And we have the feeling that we’ll miss, especially in light of what they promise for their substitutes.

Source: Peugeot | Citroën