PEUGEOT will change into the primary automobile producer to introduce soot-busting particulate filters in petrol passenger vehicles in Australia after arising with know-how to beat the high-sulphur gasoline offered Down Below.
Petrol particulate filters (PPFs) can be fitted to the exhaust programs of the 1.6-litre turbo-petrol, direct-injected engine to be shared by the brand new Peugeot 308 GT hatch and 508 GT Fastback and Sportwagon when they’re rolled out throughout Australia over the following few weeks.
Automotive producers have been reluctant to suit such filters to their automobiles offered in Australia due to the low-quality native gasoline that, in primary 91RON type, has a sulphur content material of 150 components per million – 15 instances increased than related fuels in Europe.
Producers and their peak physique, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), have been lobbying the federal authorities since 2015 to mandate low-sulphur fuels to allow them to introduce cleaner engines.
Now Peugeot goes forward regardless, saying its new close-coupled PPFs can address Australian higher-octane 95RON and 98RON fuels with as much as 40ppm of sulphur.
Peugeot Australia managing director Ben Farlow mentioned the choice so as to add PPFs to the 308 GT and 508 GT meant Australian Peugeot clients would get entry to arguably the cleanest petrol drivetrains obtainable in Australia.
“With the substantive quantity of testing and improvement that has gone into our system, we imagine that our strikes can be adopted by others within the close to future,” he mentioned.
Mr Farlow added: “With the federal government mandating the present gasoline requirements effectively past mid-next decade, the time for debate is over. We simply need to get on with the duty of growing and providing environment friendly and thrilling automobiles.”
Peugeot started becoming PPFs to its direct-injected automobiles in Europe in 2017.
Particulate filters have been fitted to diesel engines for some years in Australia to chop the excessive ranges of carcinogenic soot emitted via the exhaust.
These diesel filters have been within the information these days with the announcement of a buyer class motion in opposition to Toyota over allegations of clogged filters on HiLux, Fortuner and Prado automobiles fitted with the two.Eight-litre diesel engine.
Porsche talked about introducing PPFs in its facelifted Macan S launched in February, however GoAuto understands automobiles offered in Australia should not have the gadget.
In keeping with Peugeot, one of many keys to the brand new course of for its petrol automobiles is that the PPFs are “uncoated”, that means they don’t have catalytic coatings of valuable metals that may be poisoned over time by excessive ranges of sulphur.
The Peugeot resolution has the coated catalyst and uncoated PPF line astern in the identical unit, near the engine the place the exhaust fuel warmth burns the soot particles in common motoring, so long as drivers use solely high-octane petrol – not 91RON – and take their vehicles for an extended run every now and then, reasonably than driving them just for brief distances within the city slog.
In addition they want to make use of beneficial lubricants and have their automobile serviced usually.
Peugeot engineers say petrol engines run hotter than diesel engines and thus don’t require a selected regeneration course of to burn built-up particulates from the filter.
Diesel engines do that by operating at increased revs per minute sometimes to boost the exhaust temperature at sure intervals to burn off the gunk.
Peugeot says its diesel particulate filters have proven few clogging issues and barely have to be changed. It expects its PPFs to be equally sturdy so long as drivers observe the foundations.
If the petrol unit wants changing, maybe attributable to crash harm, it would value $1238.
The brand new 308 GT can be launched in Australia this month and can be adopted in September by the 508 in Fastback and Sportwagon physique kinds.