Peugeot will preview its range of performance electric and hybrid vehicles with the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineering (PSE) concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The concept is built around the 508 sedan and is a petrol-electric hybrid.
The Peugeot 508 PSE concept uses a 110hp Pure Tech 200 petrol-electric hybrid engine to drive the front axle. A 200hp electric motor powers the rear axle, effectively making the car an all-wheel-drive automobile.
Peugeot sparked its electric ambitions off with the stunning 2018 e-Legend concept. The 508 PSE pictured here is a more roadworthy take on future Peugeot EVs and hybrids.
Peugeot claims the concept can hit 100kph in 4.3 seconds and is mechanically limited to 250kph. It uses am 11.8kWh battery provides the car with an all-electric range of 50km. Its hybrid emissions are rated at 49g of CO2/km.
Peugeot has visually separated the concept from the production 508 sedan with a redesigned front bumper, rear diffuser and aero winglets mounted on its wings. The 508 concept’s performance focus is conveyed through elements like carbon fibre door mirrors and a big front valance. The anodized lion emblem harks back to the 2018 Peugeot e-Legend concept.
Grey and black Alcantara upholstery is abundant inside, wrapping the touch-sensitive shift lever and asymmetrical steering wheel. There is a 10-inch HD touchscreen gracing the centre console. Bright green stitching and exterior trim accents sleekly contrast the overall dark colour scheme.
David Peel, Managing Director of Peugeot UK, said the concept ‘shows what is possible and gives us a taste of things to come over the next five years as we continue the path towards the electrification of our entire lineup.”
The Peugeot 508 PSE's combined output is 310hp, with the electric motor pitching in 200 horses.
Peugeot first hinted at its ambitions to produce electric performance cars when it exited World Rallycross Championship in 2018. Although the company did not confirm the 508 PSE would make it to production, the concept previews how far the French carmaker has come in the electric vehicle segment. Peugeot is confident it can put the 508 PSE into production by mid-2020.