It seems like the latest victims of the new emissions regulations are going to be Peugeot’s 308 GT and 308 GTi, which will reportedly be dropped from the compact hatchback’s lineup later this year in a move that should help the French automaker improve its corporate carbon dioxide emissions.
According to Largus, production of the 308 GT, powered by a 1.6-liter petrol engine rated at 225 PS (222 hp / 165 kW), which emits 133 g/km of CO2, will stop at the end of June. The diesel-powered version will, however, soldier on.
With its 263 PS (259 hp / 193 kW) and 148 g/km of CO2, the 308 GTi will have the same fate, as it will allegedly be discontinued at the end of the year.
Furthermore, Peugeot will allegedly cut down on the optional extras of all cars, as most of them increase the weight and affect CO2 emissions. All PSA-owned brands are believed to be planning something similar.
The GTi’s output was already reduced by 7 PS (7 hp / 5 kW) last year in order to comply with the new WLTP standards. Nevertheless, it has gained an extra 10 Nm (7 lb-ft) of torque, so the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration wasn’t affected.
Peugeot won’t be left without a compact hot hatch for quite some time, as the next-gen 308 GTi is expected to debut next year. An earlier source indicated that it might get a hybrid powertrain, with a petrol engine and two electric motors making a combined 300 hp – and, thanks to the electrification, post much lower CO2 emissions.