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Peugeot’s new 508 plug-in hybrid Fastback and SW will go on sale here in December, with the first cars arriving in early 2020.

Prices and spec will be announced next month.

With emissions (WLTP tests) of 29g/km, Peugeot claims the cars are capable of doing 1.3 litres per 100km. Importantly from a tax perspective, the tests show the Fastback 508 model can cover 54km in pure electric mode. The SW managed 30g/km and 52km in pure electric mode.

Under recent Budget 2020 measures, those figures mean the cars qualify for the new grant thresholds. Plug-in hybrids must now emit under 50g/km CO2 and be able to cover more than 50km in all-electric mode to qualify for the €5,000 SEAI grant and €2,500 VRT relief.

The new models mix a 180bhp PureTech petrol engine with a 110bhp electric motor for a combined power of 225bhp. The 11.8kWh battery takes less than one hour and 45 minutes to charge.

And Peugeot has managed to keep boot volumes identical to the combustion versions (487 litres and 530 litres).

But because of the more powerful nature of the plug-ins there are new driving modes: zero emission, sport, hybrid, and comfort.

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