Peugeot’s Australian SUV and passenger car model range is now only available with petrol engines, following the removal of the diesel-powered 3008 and 5008 SUVs.
The Australian division of French carmaker Peugeot has decided to phase out diesel engines from its local lineup of passenger cars and SUVs, with all vehicles except its commercial vans now powered exclusively by petrol engines.
For model year 2023 (MY23),Australia has removed ‘GT Diesel’ variants from its and The SUVs, which share a 131 kW/400 Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, although the petrol variants of the two models remain.
“With ongoing local market assessment conducted to ensure the Australian market receives a carefully considered offer of vehicles, the MY22 3008 GT Diesel will be discontinued for MY23 production,” a Peugeot Australia spokesperson said in a press release.
“Similarly, the MY22 5008 GT Diesel will be discontinued for MY23 production.”
“With stock of the MY22 3008 GT Diesel and MY22 5008 GT Diesel available to purchase, interested customers are advised to contact their local Peugeot dealer.”
Peugeot’s decision to drop the two remaining diesel vehicles from its lineup of passenger cars and SUVs follows a significant decline in sales of the two models from 2021.
In 2022, Peugeot sold 722 examples of the 3008 in Australia, down 450 sales and 38% less than in 2021, while the popularity of the 5008 fell almost 13% year-on-year, from 189 sales to 165.
The sales slump has continued into 2023, with Peugeot reporting just 76 3008s and 14 5008s sold from early January to late February, 54 and 14 fewer sales respectively compared to the same two-month period in 2022.
The Peugeot 3008 will continue to be sold in Australia with four turbocharged petrol variants – the Allure, GT, GT Sport and the flagship GT Sport plug-in hybrid – while the 5008 has been reduced to just one grade, the GT Sport.
With the French brand’s Australian lineup of touring cars and SUVs now powered exclusively by turbocharged petrol engines, including its plug-in hybrid models, the only diesel-powered Peugeots available are the Expert and Boxer vans.
The Peugeot Expert van is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, while the Boxer is fitted with a larger variant of the 2.2 engine. liters. .
As previously reported, Peugeot will launch a handful of electric models in Australia this year, from theSUV and hatchback to the small van