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The Peugeot 508 Hybrid “premium” sedans are distinguished by their performance, driving comfort, energy efficiency and active and passive safety

The current fashion for high-body SUV passenger cars, which simulate the appearance of classic off-road vehicles, is a fundamental aesthetic trend that has prevailed regardless of efficiency, performance or driving comfort, and has made the potential buyer the classic sedans with four-door body and separate trunk and the vehicles commonly known as “family”. All this, without neglecting the greater potential for comfortable and safe travel of this last type of vehicle, which undoubtedly offers more comfort, dynamics, lower consumption, greater habitability and safety, both in terms of active and passive protection. Therefore, despite the risk of going against the grain, from time to time it is necessary to rescue some current sedans from obscurity that, strictly speaking, are far above SUV vehicles for their size, performance and price.

Driving a hybrid car is a different experience from driving a conventional car with a petrol or diesel engine, but if it is a plug-in hybrid model with a larger capacity battery and mainly rechargeable from outside sources, the experience even more. The most advanced hybrid technology implies a new way of driving, because unlike a mild hybrid (MHEV) or a conventional hybrid (HEV), a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) allows you to drive 100% electric for several tens of kilometers (mainly in urban traffic) and thus combines the best of both worlds: that of 100% electric vehicles and that of models with a thermal engine.

The Peugeot 508 Hybrid sedans (four-door body with separate trunk) and 508 SW Hybrid (family body) embody Peugeot’s vision of increasingly efficient mobility, with a plug-in hybrid power unit emitting just 29 g/km of CO2 and more than up to 54 kilometers of range in 100% electric mode, which combines the 180 hp gasoline engine with a 110 hp electric motor to achieve a maximum combined power of 225 hp, which can reach a maximum speed of 230 kilometers per hour and what is better and more reasonable : an urban consumption of only 1.3 liters of petrol.

In the Peugeot 508 Hybrid, the cost of using this technology is equal to that of a 130 hp turbo diesel engine. For companies and freelancers, this cost is calculated based on a hypothesis of 30,000 km per year, of which 65% in hybrid mode and the remaining 35% in 100% electric mode. In the case of individuals, 15,000 kilometers per year would be built, of which 50% would be in hybrid mode and the remaining 50% in 100% electric mode. Charging the battery takes less than two hours with a 6.6 kW, 32 amp Wallbox household charger. Despite the batteries being installed, the habitability and boot space are identical to those of the combustion engine versions: 487 liters in the Peugeot 508 and 530 liters in the 508 SW “family” model.

In these plug-in hybrid versions, drivers are offered 4 different driving modes, always with the idea of ​​​​obtaining the ideal combination in terms of energy efficiency. In “Electric” mode, traction is 100% electric and a maximum speed of 135 km/h can be reached. This is the mode in which the car is set by default and can make maximum use of non-petroleum energy sources during the first kilometers. The driver can decide to switch to one of the other modes at any time by simply pressing the button on the dashboard. In this mode, the 508 and 508 SW have a range of 54 and 52 km respectively. The “Hybrid” mode uses both the gasoline and electric motor. The management system takes into account the type of journey and the driver’s performance requirements, always with the aim of optimizing consumption. Thus, the system uses one of the motors or both at the same time to achieve the best energy combination, depending on the driving context.

The «Sport» mode offers the best performance of the car by extracting the maximum power from the hybrid system, using all the available power of the engine to ensure maximum performance. In the case of the 508, with an electric motor combined with the petrol engine, the combined power is 225 hp and maximum torque 360 ​​newton meters to reach a maximum speed of 230 km/h and an acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 8, 3 seconds. In case the electronically controlled Adaptive Suspension Control System is equipped, the “Comfort” mode adjusts the suspension response to increase the driving comfort of the occupants of a car designed for long journeys.

The Peugeot 508 is distinguished by a large number of driving assistance functions, including the “Night Vision” system, which uses an infrared camera to detect animals or people at a distance of up to 250 meters, in poor visibility. . It also features early warning systems, such as the latest generation automatic emergency brake, which detects pedestrians and cyclists at speeds of up to 140 km/h, day or night. It also includes the Lane Position Assist device, which maintains the vehicle’s position on the roadway, and the automatic emergency brake and collision warning.

Source: La Verdad

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