Peugeot's award-winning PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engine technology - the impossible equation solved by Peugeot.




Winner of the 2015 'International engine of the year' award in the 1.0-litre to 1.4-litre category, Peugeot PureTech is advanced 3-cylinder petrol engine technology that offers a drive and performance normally associated with much bigger engines but with significantly improved fuel consumption and CO2 emissions*.

Put simply, a 1.2 PureTech engine gives you the power and performance of a 1.6 litre engine, but the efficiency of a smaller engine.

It’s a product of Peugeot’s 100 years of intelligent, innovative engineering and combines reduced weight materials with the efficiency of applying direct fuel injection to three cylinders.

On some versions we’ve even added Turbo power, optimising torque at all revs and delivering an engine with a unique personality and one which is ultimately designed to give you maximum driving pleasure and responsiveness, at any speed, for less.

*Comparison based on New 308 PureTech 1.2 e-THP 110 vs New 308 1.6 THP 125



The benefits of PureTech speak for themselves:

  • Improved acceleration
  • Reduced fuel consumption - meaning less visits to the petrol station
  • Lower CO2 emissions

And now for the science bit...

Why are 3 cylinders better than 4?

  • Increases fuel efficiency (one cylinder less of fuel to burn)
  • Less friction (one less cylinder results in a lower surface area, saving fuel)
  • Lighter weight (meaning less fuel has to be burnt to move the vehicle)

In addition to this an aluminium cast-iron-lined block (for quicker engine warm up), the use of low friction materials and a revised cooling system maximise efficiency, reducing both fuel consumption and emissions.

Engine output and Driving Experience

PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines are designed to be compact and efficient whilst delivering big engine drive and performance. Direct fuel injection, light-weight materials and, in some instances, turbo charging combine to deliver power and torque.

The power and performance of PureTech ensures a responsive and enjoyable driving experience, underpinned by the latest technology.



The PureTech 1.2l 81kW & 96kW Stop&Start (S&S) engines were awarded the highly prestigious accolade of 'International Engine of the Year 2015' in the 1.0l to 1.4l category, with a panel of 84 industry experts from 34 countries coming to the unanimous decision.

PureTech 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder development raced to victory, clinching first place by almost 70 points.

“The engine in question is a gem; a little 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder, which the company recently developed in-house.  At the launch, I only had the chance to drive the GT Kine and I can confirm that the engine is seriously impressive.”  – SEAN NURSE (Autodealer)

“As a 3-cylinder 1.2-litre power source with that slightly offbeat sound effect, this engine soon put my scepticism to bed.  It is a brilliantly efficient power source linked to a six-speed manual gearbox that shifts with the best.  Forget that old urban legend of French cars with sloppy gear changing, the 308 GT Line is leading the pack on this one.” – BERNARD HELLBERG (Driven)

“The three-cylinder’s torque is easily accessible throughout the six rations delivering excellent in-gear tractability once the 308 is up to speed.  The main highlight of the turbo triple however is its impressive (claimed) combined cycle consumption of just 4,8l/100km.” – ANGUS THOMPSON (Top Car)



Naturally Aspirated Variants

More compact, the PureTech naturally aspirated 3-cylinder engine reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 25% compared to a 4-cylinder engine with the same power.

Versions Available:

  • 1.0l PureTech 50kW (5-speed manual)
  • 1.2l PureTech 60kW (5-speed manual)

Turbocharged Variants

The 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is developed from the naturally aspirated version but adds a new generation high-performance turbo offering superb low engine speed torque. The PureTech 3-cylinder turbocharged engine reduces fuel consumption and emissions of C02 by up to 21% compared to the 4-cylinder engine of the same power.

Versions Available:

  • 1.2l PureTech 81kW S&S (5-speed manual)
  • 1.2l PureTech 96kW S&S (6-speed manual / 6-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission EAT6)



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PureTech petrol engines are available on 208 and 308. Click on the buttons below to discover our PureTech models