This is the strange plug-in hybrid car that Peugeot will launch this year

One of the most peculiar models that Peugeot has hinted at in its last few years as a manufacturer has once again been hunted on the street. It is a plug-in hybrid car that will arrive in the form of a crossover saloonand of which for now it is not clear what its name will be.

As the new spy photos that accompany these lines reveal, the lion’s signature stands out from what has been seen so far in its history, with a exterior design of atypical size and proportions based on what the brand has launched so far.

In the new batch of images it is easier to appreciate the proportions and design of the new model, and some very characteristic features of the bodywork are much clearer. Among them, the belt line, which begins at the headlight itself and runs along the entire side of the vehicle to the rear in a very marked way (it is even offset from the vertical marked by the windows). At the rear, this rib gives rise to a slight third volume, which is what gives it the saloon proportions.

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The existence of a fuel cap on both sides reveals that it is a plug-in hybrid car.

It is undeniable to think, given the size, proportions and potential focus of the model, in the recently presented Citroën C5 X and its plug-in hybrid version, since both boast a similar format as they are passenger cars in sedan format but resort to solutions aesthetics more typical of an SUV, such as ground clearance or wheel arch and bumper protections.

However, everything indicates that Peugeot will place the new model one step below with respect to the C5 X, and that it will take the EMP2 platform as a technical basis, which is the same used by the rest of the compact Stellantis models, such as the Peugeot 308 itself or the Opel Astra or DS4.

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The front will display the design released by the latest Peugeot 308.

Since it is not a full SUV, but it does make use of aesthetic resources typical of one of them, it is to be expected that Peugeot will opt for a three-digit nomenclature attached to some tagline similar to “Cross”, such as 308 Cross or 408 Crosswith which to distinguish it from four-digit SUV-type models such as the 3008 or 5008. However, it should not be ruled out that it would eventually end up being baptized as the Peugeot 4008.

We also do not know around what date it will be presented, but as usually happens when a model hits the streets to carry out its tests in real traffic circumstances, its development stage is close to its end, so should be presented before the end of 2022or at the latest, during the first bars of the next year.

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