Peugeot’s 1.2 Liter Turbo Engine Brings Diesel-Level MPG

Europe will see another impressive fuel-sipping gasoline engine in a new version of Peugeot’s 308.

Peugeot’s 308, recently awarded European Car of the Year 2014, completes its range with the arrival of a new three cylinder PureTech 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine, producing 130 horsepower. In official witnessed tests, Peugeot’s new engine has been shown to achieve new records for fuel economy: 99.1 imperial mpg (82.52 U.S. mpg) and 1124.7 miles on a full tank.

This result was achieved without the use of diesel or hybrid components.

Peugeot said this performance was achieved at the Almeria circuit in Spain, officially witnessed by UTAC (Union Technique de l’Automobile, Motocycle et Cycle). A Peugeot 308 Hatchback, powered by the new PureTech 1.2-liter e-THP 130 turbo gasoline engine with a manual six-speed gearbox, was driven for over 32 hours to consume the 51.4 liter (13.58 U.S. gallons) contents of its fuel tank. In so doing, the Peugeot 308 set a new record for fuel economy and distance driven on a single tank of fuel.

This performance was achieved with a standard production model, confirmed Peugeot, and makes the 308 1.2-liter THP 130 to become the benchmark for its sector for most economical vehicle with a gasoline engine.

Peugeot’s new engine has a compact design and uses technologies including high-pressure direct injection (200 bar) of the fuel system and a new generation high performance turbocharger (turning at 240,000 rev/min), representing a real technological breakthrough, said the French company.

Available in vehicles produced at the end of this month, the Peugeot 308 1.2-litre e-THP 130 has a Combined Drive Cycle fuel economy rating of 61.4 imperial mpg (51.12 U.S. mpg) and CO2 emissions of 107g/km.

We can’t expect to see this engine in North America as Peugeot has not been distributed on our shores since the ’90s.