The new Peugeot 208 GTi is set for a reveal next year, and this next generation could have an electric power option alongside the petrol variant. This is part of a Peugeot plan to create performance cars with zero emission variants. This is not merely conjecture, and Peugeot bosses have made statements that seem to support this theory. Let’s take a closer look at what we know so far and how this may affect other models.
A Push to Electrify Cars
The CEO of Peugeot is Jean-Pierre Imparato, and he has had a lot to say on this subject recently. He has stated, that customers should be able to “choose their powertrain” and “I don’t want the future to be boring.” Perhaps one of the most telling statements he made was “My message will be that every time I launch a new car, it can be electrified” he then added, “but you will buy your new Peugeot, and you will choose your powertrain.”. On a different occasion Mr Imparato stated “”When you buy a Peugeot you will find design, the latest version of i-Cockpit, the upmarket trim levels like GT-Line, GT and perhaps GTi” he then added “because I don’t want to generate any difference between electric vehicles and combustion-engined models, but the customer will choose the powertrain.”.
The Next Generation 208
The comments made by Mr. Imparato seem to strongly indicate that the next generation 208 will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. Now Peugeot has previously stated that they don’t want to do standalone electric vehicles like their rivals Renault have with the Zoe. Instead, Peugeot is keen to give their customers a choice, so that they can get their preferred powertrain in a car they want to buy and drive.
At the moment we have no solid figures on the type of output that we could see in the new Peugeot 208 GTi. However, the current model generates 153 kW of power and 300 Nm of torque from its 1.6L turbocharged petrol engine. This allows the 208 GTi to go from 0-100km/hr in only 6.8 seconds.
The rumours about the next generation 208 GTi suggest a power output of 164 kW using a revised version of the current power plant. In order to offer a viable electric alternative, it would be strange if the electric variant couldn’t generate similar amounts of power.
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