Peugeot alludes to electric 208 GTiMarch 14, 2020
Peugeot has, for some time, fueled worldwide interest in additional 508 versions. However, this plug-in hybrid car has a new PSE logo as a sports label.
According to foreign media, if you take into account previously published information about the PSE logo for the sports 508, the era of GTI comes to an end. However, CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato dispelled the rumors with his latest statement and confirmed that the company is “working on what could become the GTi of the future.”
“As soon as we use the GTI label again, it will be done on sports 208. 208 is the only car in our portfolio that can claim this logo, even if it is a completely electric version,” Imparato said in an interview with the British publication.
Peugeot explains its choice of label for the new Peugeot Sport Engineered (PSE) in that the electrified powerplant does not give the same feeling to the user as the ICE. It’s too early to talk about numbers, but the electric 208 GTi would be more appropriate for the PSA if it shared development costs between its brands, such as Opel / Vauxhall, which could also become fully electric.
If approved for production, Renault, which also plans to restart a sporty subcompact hatchback with zero emissions, will face competition from the supermini Peugeot and Opel / Vauxhall. It seems that the electric future of this segment is forcing Ford, Volkswagen and others to do the same with the Fiesta ST and Polo GTI, respectively.
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