The first SUV, independently developed by the French company – Peugeot 508 RXH has been presented to the public in 2011 at the Fall Auto Show in Frankfurt. With the popularity of crossovers today and such an abundance of them on the roads this news little surprise anyone, but this model is special. After all manufacturers combined Peugeot 508 RXH in four-wheel drive and a hybrid.
This set of innovations incorporated in Peugeot 508 RXH, very curious, so it will be useful to consider in more detail off-road touring, what is it like to set up the French hybrid. By the way, the European sales of new products launched in his native France in the late autumn of 2011, and the price is impressive. Lavishly packaged equipment Peugeot 508 RXH sample 2014 worth of 45,600 euros, which is quite expensive, because, for example, the price of Volkswagen Passat Alltrack with TDI 2,0 liter engine (170 hp) and a box DSG, as well as all-wheel drive 4 motion begins from 40,075 euros.
Generally speaking, the idea of combining the characteristics in cars and crossover wagon (with the appropriate protection of the arches, and the bottom of the bumper) is not so original. Examples of this – Audi A6 Allroad, Subaru Outback, Volksvagen Passat Alltrack and others. The basis for a new model of specialists Peugeot 508 station wagon took SW. Overall dimensions of the Peugeot 508 RXH body compared to its progenitor slightly increased, especially in height and width, and height became higher, mainly due to ground clearance, which increased by as much as 50 mm.
- Thus, the size of new items are as follows: length – 4823 mm, width – 1864 mm (with deployed rear-view mirrors – 2068 mm), height – 1525 mm and wheelbase – 2815 mm.
I wonder what the size of clearance in Peugeot 508 RXH is 184 mm, but we know that ground clearance conventional Peugeot 508 for our conditions increased to 175 mm, so that the difference with the off-road version is almost negligible. That is, it turns out that the creators of the increased clearance between the body and the road by 50 mm compared with the European version Peugeot 508 SW. Also, slightly widened track front and rear wheels up to 1592 mm at the front and 1564 mm, due to the standard set by the tire 225/55 R17 for stylish alloy wheels Angele 17 size.
Peugeot 508 RXH, judging by the photos and video that looks more aggressive and courageous than the regular wagon 508 SW. False radiator grille has two levels, the front bumper has become more coarse and bulky at the bottom of the decorated plastic protection on the sides – triple-LED light columns, similar traces of the tiger clawed paws. The same plastic protected and wheel arches, in the space which can accommodate 17-18 sized wheels with tires sizes 215/55 R17 to 235/45 R18. In general appearance of the entire body of the hybrid multiple arrays and rude, especially when compared with the light and airy Peugeot 508 SW. Perhaps this gives the impression of a car shingles around the perimeter of the plastic.
On the back of a hybrid – a typical crossover powerful bumper, tailgate and large plastic frame at the bottom. In addition, the manufacturer has equipped his Peugeot 508 RXH crossover another attribute – plastic cover from the bottom of the engine, especially carefully protected by an electric motor mounted in front of the rear suspension. For painting station wagon SUV Peugeot 508 used RHN quality enamel of different colors: white, white pearl and four metallic – gray, dark gray, dark brown and black.
Peugeot 508 RXH interior follows the interior design of its base donor 508 SW almost completely. This structure of the front panel and the dashboard and console, steering wheel, both rows of seats, luggage compartment and even the materials used in the decoration. The only difference in the management bodies, devices and switches – there was something new. For example, the LED power units instead of the tachometer, which shows in what mode the electric and diesel motors (recovery mode – charge, the percentage of use of an electric power – power and electric traction only – eco).
Place knobs PPC took compact joystick with your control box robot. Nearby there is a washer installation driving modes – 4WD, ZEV, Sport and Auto. In addition, it is possible to change gear levers by the steering column.
The structure of the underlying hardware hybrid Peugeot 508 RXH includes: electric and heated front seats, glass roof area of 1.62 square meters, key less access Open & Go, xenon headlights, color display with 7-inch navigator, projection screen head-up audio system with support for CD MP3, USB and AUX, combined trim seats (leather and fabric), light and rain sensors, parking sensors front and rear, electric parking brake, electric heated mirrors and automatic folding and other pleasant things. For an extra charge for the car can be ordered four-zone climate control, a proprietary signaling, power tailgate, premium music JBL, interior trim various embodiment of genuine leather and Alcantara, and with such options trim driver gets electric his seat with memory settings provisions, pronounced support for the hips and the mass function.
Trunk of the new French hybrid is not too voluminous, including through the placement of underground battery – only 423 liters, while the Peugeot 508 SW volume it is 590 liters. However, the space can be increased by folding the rear seats. The fuel tank for diesel fuel – 72 liters, weight of the vehicle in running order is 1910 kg.
Specifications: Suspension diesel hybrid Peugeot 508 RXH is completely independent with McPherson struts for the front wheels and multi-link rear design, but with the original shock absorbers and coil springs, stabilizer bars larger cross-section. Applied electric power steering with variable characteristics of the work, all-wheel disc brakes, as assistants to the driver. Peugeot 508 RXH is equipped with a power unit, consisting of diesel and electric engines. First, the 2.0-liter HDi FAP capacity of 163 horsepower, rotates the front wheels, while the second is responsible for the rear-wheel drive and develops 37 hp (maximum plant capacity of 200 hp). Between the two drives is no mechanical connection, everything is controlled electronically, and for the relationship and harmonious work of both motors watches PPC robot. In addition, there is a system start / stop system and brake energy recuperation. All together – this is the technology Hybrid4.
As we said above, is located on the central tunnel washer Control mode, the driver is free to choose the best, in his opinion, the mode of motion and power plant operation. In Auto mode, all electronically controlled motion in this mode it is possible to achieve a minimum flow rate of diesel fuel – 4.2 liters. Electronic systems independently decide how the work will be hybrid engines: diesel only with front-wheel drive, four-wheel drive with the joint work of the diesel and electric motors or activate only the electric motor and rear-wheel drive. In the ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) is almost full use of traction motor and rear-wheel drive, can travel at speeds up to 70 mph and drive about 4 miles. At the discharge of the battery power unit automatically switches to Auto. Four-wheel drive 4WD mode enables collaboration diesel and electric motors, and the crossover wagon gets all-wheel drive, but the electronics monitors the state of the road surface and in the absence of need (dry asphalt on wheels) disables the drive the rear wheels. Interestingly, even with a lack of fuel in reserve electric-powered rear wheel drive will be provided with the generator constant power of 8 kW. In Sport mode the diesel engine and electric motor are also working together, robotized gearbox is rapidly changing stage, power hybrid installation is capable of delivering maximum combined torque of 450 Nm. All works are aimed to achieve excellent dynamics – 8.8 seconds to 100 mph, from 80 to 120 kph acceleration in 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 213 mph. Sport mode also helps to overcome the severe stretch of road with high snow or muddy after rain, because in addition to high-torque running-wheel drive.
In the real world test drive manufacturer to achieve the claimed diesel fuel consumption of 4.2 liters is not possible, but keep in 6 liters turns out that for machines weighing under 2 tons is a great result. Loud rank SUV Peugeot 508 RXH, of course, does not deserve, but the fact that this is a full-fledged crossover – it’s a fact.