Peugeot will launch an all-new 208 GTi based on the most recent incarnation of the model, and while that day is still not quite around the corner, we pretty much already know what to expect from it. The automaker has been making incrementally better hot hatches in recent years, so we therefore have high expectations of this upcoming 208 GTi. In terms of formula, we don’t expect it to differ significantly from the current model: take a standard 208 hatchback, but give it firmer suspension, bigger brakes, a 1.6-liter engine with around (or maybe over) 200 horsepower, and a visual makeover inside and out designed to reflect the car’s extra sporting credentials.
But, since the new car is lighter and stiffer than the one it replaces, the new Peugeot 208 GTi should prove better than before because removing weight automatically makes a car better in any situation. We don’t expect Peugeot to give the 208 GTi any fancy electric supercharger that helps build boost, or an electric motor, although the inclusion of mild hybrid tech is not out of the question - more and more manufacturers are making their performance cars mild hybrids and it would certainly serve the little 208 GTi well.
Get ready for the next Peugeot 208 GTi hot hatch
Peugeot just pulled the veil off its all-new and quite dashing 208, a stylish city car specifically designed to be parked opposite your favorite coffee shop. However, the mind of the enthusiast never rests, not even to admire the many pretty shapes and details of the new 208, and that’s why we’re already wondering what the hot GTi version might be like. As such, we decided to put together a rendering that we think accurately predicts the 2020 Peugeot 208 GTi.
You Might Spot Electrified Peugeot Sports Cars Ripping The Roads As Early As 2020
A Stronger, Faster Peugeot 508 May Well Be On Its Way
At the Paris Motor Show, Peugeot showcased the plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 crossover and the 508 liftback and wagon. All three were showcased with a 1.6-liter, turbocharged, gasoline engine and dual electric motors that produced a combined output of almost 300 horsepower. If this wasn’t enough, Peugeot is now rumored to be working on electrified 508 ‘R.’
PSA To Electrify All Its New Models Launched From 2019
French Auto Group PSA has announced that it will be electrifying all the models launched from 2019 onward. All cars will either be fully-electric or hybrid. This applies to all the brands under the PSA Group, including Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Vauxhall, and Opel. PSA is one of the first automakers to announce the electrification process across its entire group range. The first one to do it was Volvo.
Months after the reveal of the striking new generation Peugeot 508 sedan, the French company released the first tidbits about the new wagon called the Peugeot 508 SW. It comes in many different guises including one with the small, 1.5-liter diesel engine, but its beefier and most advanced versions come with the 508 SW GT plaque. It is still the 508 SW but with added goodies that provoke the sense of upscale styling, high-end tech, and engaging driving characteristics.
Peugeot Willing to Consider a 3008 GTi, but There’s a Catch
Peugeot has made some serious changes in its design Philosophy over the past few years. The brand has effectively gone from building boring and ugly MPVs to awesome looking SUVs and Crossovers. With the 5008 also completely overhauled into a crossover, Peugeot has practically phased out the MPV from its lineup. The new, second-gen 3008 is starting life as a 2017 model and will be available as a standard 3008, the 3008 GT Line, and the range-topping GT. But, there could be an even hotter, more performance-oriented 3008 GTi in the pipeline, but that all depends on whether or not the range-topping 3008 GT performs well on the market.
See, the 3008 GT, is powered by a 2.0-liter, BlueHDi, four-cylinder that delivers a fair 177 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That’s not bad for a compact SUV, but today consumers seem to be more interested in performance than ever. It’s makes choosing between a range-topping model and mid-level model much more difficult as going with a lower-ranged vehicle often comes with a pretty serious sacrifice to performance. Marion David, the Project Manager for the 3008, to Auto Express. “GT is the fastest version for now, but if it does very well, then we will look at a higher-level version. People are moving down from more expensive cars, and they still want the good performance.”
And, he’s absolutely right. But, Peugeot just spent a lot of money revamping its lineup and reorganizing itself, so looking at the sales performance of the 3008 GT as a determining factor makes a lot of sense. Since the 2008 uses the EMP2 platform, which also supports the 308, Peugeot could very easily use some of the chassis and powertrain components from the 308 hatchback without digging too deep into its own pockets. That being the case, a 3008 GTi could use the same 1.6-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder from the 308 GTi. It delivers as much as 270 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, and would certainly give the 3008 a decisive edge should a GTi version enter production.
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Is Peugeot Already Testing the Next-Generation 2008?
It’s been less than three months since Peugeot unveiled the facelifted version of the current 2008 crossover, and it appears that the French firm is already testing a next-generation version. That’s the word from our paparazzi, who claim that the test mule in the images above is the second-generation 2008.
Although it looks nothing like a Peugeot and its nearly identical to the upcoming Opel Meriva that’s already been spotted testing in Europe, the different front end makes us believe that this could be next 2008. And the reason for that is simple. With GM and PSA having already worked together to develop successors to the Opel Meriva and Citroen C3 Picasso, it makes a lot of sense that the other brand from the PSA Group, Peugeot, to benefit from the new platform.
Both the new Meriva and C3 Picasso will ditch their minivan roots in favor of a more SUV-like approach, which Peugeot already did with the 3008 and likely wants the next-generation 2008 to follow a similar path. The camouflage is obviously too heavy to spot the essential details, but with the Opel and the Citroen prototypes sharing the same body panels except the front fascia, it’s likely that the 2008 will have a similar design and stand out by means of Peugeot’s newly redesigned grille and bold bumper seen on the larger 3008.
The only confusing detail here is the surprisingly low ride height, which wouldn’t make sense for a crossover in this category. This could change as the model gets closer to its launch date and the camouflage becomes thinner to let more details hit the surface. Speaking of the vehicle’s launch date, there’s no official timetable as to when that may happen, but the redesigned 2008 could break cover in 2017 and go on sale for the 2018 model year in Europe.
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2017 Peugeot 3008
Introduced in 2008 as a compact crossover with
like styling, the Peugeot 3008 has just received a major makeover for the 2017 model year. The new exterior design and the revamped interior aren’t the only major changes for the nameplate. The 3008 also ditched PSA’s PF2 platform in favor of the more recent EMP2 architecture. The new underpinnings, which cost PSA roughly $708 million to develop, have already been launched in the new 308 and 408 models. More importantly, the 3008 has been moved into a new segment, being restyled into a compact SUV.
Set to compete against the Nissan Qashqai and the likes, the new 3008 features a bold exterior design crafted around the company’s new styling language. The overhauled interior adopted the i-Cockpit technology and offers more room than ever before and a bunch of state-of-the-art gadgets. As with most Peugeots, the new 3008 comes with a plethora of gasoline and diesel engines covering both highly efficient and sporty needs. The mini SUV also features a standard Focal sound system, a first for the auto industry, and an array of fancy features you wouldn’t normally expect in this segment. But more about that in the full review below.
The new 3008 will make its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October and will go on sale in the United Kingdom starting in November, with first deliveries due in January 2017. The crossover will be sold in other markets as well, but not in the United States, where Peugeot has yet to return.
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PSA Group Confirms New Pickup In "Push to Pass" Growth Plan
PSA Peugeot Citroën is picking itself up and preparing for an all-out assault on the global auto industry with a slew of new vehicles coming from each of its three subsidiary brands. This includes a one-ton pickup truck within a crop of eight light-duty commercial vehicles.
This is all part of PSA’s new “Push to Pass” growth plan for the next five years. Between now and 2021, the automaker is set to debut 26 new passenger cars, along with the commercial vehicles, meeting its goal of “one new car, per region, per brand, per year.” The ambitious goal is said to “transform the company in order to unleash its full potential.”
Reports suggest PSA won’t be developing the pickup from the ground up, but rather will partner with another automaker. Which automaker is still unknown, but Toyota is a likely possibility given the pair’s past relationship. In that case, PSA could badge-engineer the Hilux pickup for its own.
Adding to the unknown is PSA’s entry into the U.S. While America’s truck market might be hard to crack, especially with a rebadged Toyota, bringing brands like DS, Peugeot, and Citroën is actually feasible, despite the French automaker’s 27-year absence from North America.
Regardless of what happens in the U.S., it seems PSA is on the rise with a solid plan of growth. Perhaps we’ll see PSA enter the market down the road, even if not within the next five years.
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PSA Peugeot Citroën Eyeing U.S. Comeback
There was a point in time not long ago where the thought of seeing Peugeot and Citroën models in the U.S. would’ve been laughable. But times have changed and the French economy has improved to the extent that PSA Peugeot Citroën, the parent company of both French automakers, is now seriously considering a comeback in the U.S. market.
Those plans aren’t definite yet, but Automotive News sister site Automobilewoche is reporting that PSA is scheduled to unveil an international expansion plan on April 5, 2016 that puts the U.S. and Iranian markets as its two top priorities. Speaking with Automobilewoche, DS brand chief Yves Bonnefort expressed optimism that the upscale brand could generate a lot of interest in the U.S. market. The brand is devoid of models at this point, but there are plans to expand it to include as many as six global models by 2020. If PSA pushes forward with going back to the U.S., the DS brand, when it’s in full bloom, could have the biggest impact as a natural competitor to established brands like Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus, and Infiniti.
While there is some understandable optimism and excitement behind the return of the French brands in U.S. soil, PSA executive Richard Lucki remains cautious on what the company can expect in the market. Lucki, after all, knows a thing or two about the U.S. market, having ran the company’s U.S. outpost in Detroit until it was shut down in 2013. According to Lucki, returning to the U.S. isn’t as simple as some are making it out to be. There are issues with a manufacturing base, something PSA doesn’t have in that region. It also doesn’t have a dealership network. The absence of these critical sales elements could make pricing for Peugeot and Citroën models a little tricky.
Even with these admittedly sensible issues, it does look like the U.S. market is as close as it has ever been to seeing Peugeot and Citroën return. The former hasn’t been in the U.S. since 1991 while the latter’s absence dates further back to 1974. If PSA’s international expansion plan bears fruit, the days of not seeing both French models in U.S. roads could be numbered.
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The CEO of Peugeot, Maxime Picat has confirmed to Autonews that the French car maker will make an even hotter version of the 208 hatchback. It will be called the 208 R and Peugeot will place it a notch above the 208 GTi.
Now, the 208 GTi isn’t just a throwaway grocery getter, so to speak, it is as mental as the GTi badge on its hatch indicates.The Peugeot 208 is among the smallest and lightest of the micro-hatchbacks, and the GTi takes it one step further by giving it some poke.
The 208 R would pack even more punch than the GTi, enough to spin its front wheels on demand. Having said that, we don’t expect Peugeot to give it monumental levels of power, or it would just understeer wildly and ruin the fun.
To put it in perspective, the 208 GTi makes use of a 200-horsepower, 1.6 -liter engine, and its top speed is pegged at 143 mph with a dash from 0 to 60 mph taking 6.8 seconds. We expect the 208 R could use the same powerplant as the GTi albeit with a tweaked ECU to push out an extra 20 to 30 horsepower.
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*Image Note: The above image is of the 208 GTi, not the future 208 R.
In February, we gave you some information on the 208 GTI concept car. Just like most concept cars, we were not certain when, or even if, the GTI model of the 208 hatchback would ever see the production line. Well, the mystery is over, as Peugeot has officially greenlighted the production of the 208 GTI. There is still no concrete release date, but at least we know it will be released at some point.
This hot hatch will include a version of the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that the Mini Cooper and Citroen DS3 uses. This turbo-4 will have two variants, one that pumps out 154 ponies and the other that punches out a stout 204 horsepower.
The 204-horsepower model is rumored to be dubbed the 208 GTI Racing and can zip to 60 mph in sub-7-second times, which is truly impressive for a compact hatchback. Despite its quick nature, the GTI will not boast any suspension upgrades, so you can anticipate almost identical handling to its base 208 counterpart.
As usual with Peugeots, the U.S. Market won’t even get to sniff one, unless it is imported from overseas and brought up to U.S. Safety and emission standards.
We are still hanging tight to hear what kind of pricing we are looking at for this hatch, so we will keep you up to date with that and the anticipated release date, when they become available.
Even though it is not slated to come to the U.S., nor are any Peugeots, we have kept a watchful eye on the new Peugeot 301 four-door hatchback. Behind the scenes and obviously out of our prying eyes’ range, Peugeot has been working on a different version of the 301, a sedan, or saloon for you U.K. folks.
Yup, this new 301 looks just like the 301 hatchback that we have seen frolicking around, but has the hatch hacked off and a trunk put in its place. This new 301, which is set to debut at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012, is positioned in the automaker’s developing market lineup – Turkey, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Middle East, Gulf and African States, and certain Latin America markets.
Even though its release is not scheduled for a few more months, Peugeot has decided to give us a sneak peak at this new model and a short press release to let us now about some of its key features.
UPDATE 07/23/12: French automaker Peugeot has just come out with a fresh batch of photos for the 301 Sedan. Check out the car in action on the road in the gallery!
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Peugeot is preparing to put to an end their small 308 hatchback and they are already working on the car’s successor. Logic and previous history will tell us that the new model will be called 309, but back in 1993, Peugeot was selling a car in Europe by that name and that turned out to be a "not so successful car." Not to have that negative air to surround their new model, Peugeot has decided to name their new model the "301."
The upcoming 301 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4, meaning that, compared to the 308, it will be slightly shorter but also wider. Peugeot will also work on making the car both lighter and more agile. Engines will be shared with the Citroen model as well as some new ones from the 208, meaning a wide range of both petrol and diesel engines with power ranging from 68 to 110 HP. The new 301 will also offer a diesel hybrid version and some engines from the new three-cylinder family.
As for its exterior appearance, the model will combine design elements from the 208 and the SR1 Concept car revealing a more elegant and compact body then the current 308.
The Peugeot 301 will be revealed in 2013 as a competitor for the Volkswagen Golf.
Updated 01/27/2012: The upcoming Peugeot 301 has been caught testing once again, this time in winter conditions.
Updated 08/29/2012: The next generation Peugeot 308 (previously rumored to be called 301) has been taken out for another testing session. This time the spy shots are revealing the real deal!
Automakers are always a couple steps ahead of what they are debuting at the moment, but designers have taken to being a few steps ahead of even them with ideas and illustrations filtering across the internet like a ripple across a pond. We’ve already seen images of a 2020 Inceptor Supercar Study and what former Executive Director of Engineering of the Renault Formula One team, Pat Symonds, thinks the 2020 Renault race car will look like. Designer, Kim Minchul, is also taking a stab at a 2020 vehicle with his Peugeot Coaster Concept.
The idea behind this concept is to separate the driver and passenger so the driver can feel that much safer in his little cocoon of a driver seat. The entire cabin is shielded by a transparent driver’s cab, which reminds us too much of glass to make us feel safe and comfortable. Plus, they separated the passenger and the driver to limit distraction, but then they add a completely transparent cabin so the driver can be entertained while driving. Hmmm....something doesn’t exactly add up with this.
"The Coaster, separation of the driver’s space and the body, showed the freedom of structure and the construction of widely driving space. Through this structural freedom indicates various movements and new values derivative from the existing car. It is the thrill and fun that we seek to have when you take a ride at the amusement park. It is a mobility that infers the intention of people who wants to run, a different way of freedom which differentiates from this simple meaning of transportation, and a different value which people wanted to have through the entertainment rides," explained the designer.
We don’t know about everyone else out there, but we don’t think people can handle a drive that is like a "ride at the amusement park." People can’t even handle texting and driving.
We were able to check out the EX1 electric concept from Peugeot at last month’s Paris Auto Show and although this concept was fun to look at and explore, the look of the overall car didn’t seem like something that would be driving down the road anytime soon. Of course, this concept isn’t just an oversized paper weight, Peugeot has stated that it is a preview for a future sports car from the French company.
In a recent interview, a Peugeot spokesman said: "The EX1 shows that we can do many things with electric cars. It shows how far we can go."
The timeline isn’t set in stone just yet, though. Peugeot has no plans to produce an electric sports car "for the time being." However, the spokesman said Peugeot could still one day make a production model EV sports car.
The concept is powered by two electric motors, one on each axle, each with a peak output of 167 HP and a maximum torque of 240 Nm at the front and rear. The same spokesman said the EX1 is thus in the same speed category as Porsche’s 918 Spyder hybrid concept, meaning we could see a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. That is, if this concept doesn’t get lost in the shuffle from now until whenever they are ready to start production.
When Peugeot unveiled the BB1 Concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, we said "Now here’s something you’ll never see put into production!" Apparently we were wrong. In a recent statement Peugeot announced that the electric concept is now being tested and that a production version will be unveiled in 2012 or 2013. Moreover, the production version will keep the concept’s radical look.
There is one thing that hasn’t been quite decided on yet. Peugeot is still trying to figure out whether the BB1 will be a car or a quadricycle. The BB1 has handle bars and a twist-grip accelerator. The passengers will sit pillion style behind the driver.
One thing is for sure, the Peugeot BB1 will definitely be an electric model. The concept is powered by an electric motor placed inside the rear wheels, designed in association with Michelin. The unit delivers 20 HP and accelerates the BB1 from 0 to 30 KPH in 2.8 seconds and from 30-60 KPH in 4. The power needed to turn the electric motor is provided by a lithium-ion battery pack that gives the passenger car an autonomy of 120 km.
Peugeot today unveiled the first details on the new 508. The new model will replace both the 407 and the 607 and will go on sale in Europe early next year. The official debut will be made in September at the Paris Auto Show. A station wagon version will be revealed at a later date.
The car’s design language was previewed by the "5 by Peugeot" Concept unveiled this year at the Geneva Motor Show: a luminescent surround, unique version of Peugeot’s signature front grill, long sculpted lightweight aluminum bonnet with the obligatory lion emblem up front, brushed aluminum accents on the window frames and matching door handles.
The Peugeot 508 engine line-up will include a full range of VTi and THP engines. There will also be a hybrid version that will feature Peugeot’s e-HDi technology and a start/stop engine system. We may even see a Hybrid4 diesel flagship with lithium-ion battery technology.
Press release after the jump.
While the French built Peugeot RC-Z is already a very successful car, they are planing to bring a smaller model to market that will compete with other compacts fromFord, Honda and Mini. It seems that the new car trend these days is leading towards smaller and more efficient vehicles, however compact does not have to mean mean less. The new 2+2 model will be placed below the current 308 RC-Z and according to the automaker, it will be a bigger hit than the 205 GTi, quite a big claim.
The new compact coupe will be built on the same front wheel drive platform as the next generation Peugeot 207 and promises to deliver the same level of performance as the 208 HP turbocharged Mini JCW. Like the Mini, the new Peugeot will be offered in both coupe and roadster configurations with a design inspired by both the BB1 concept and RC-Z sports car. Peugeot has made some pretty big claims for their future small car, we just hope they can deliver.