Peugeot Sport has begun dynamic testing of the new 208 R2 which should be ready for the 2020 season.
The Peugeot 508L PHEV is tipped to receive an 80 kW electric motor and 11.8 kWh battery pack.
A Peugeot PR Manager told us the 308 GTi will soldier on, albeit with a few emissions-reducing mods.
The next 308 GTI could be electrified, CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato hinted.
If the latest report is accurate, Peugeot’s hot hatches will be discontinued by the end of the year.
The new 208 has been rendered with a wild body kit that would look perfect on a top-tier rally car.
Peugeot initially targeted 2026 for their return, but now plan to commence sales in North America in three to four years.
FCA, once led by Sergio Marchionne, has long wanted to merge with another carmaker.
The next-gen 308 should launch next year and adopt styling cues from the recently revealed 208.
Peugeot’s dashing SUVs would probably attract a good number of customers, but passenger cars are a tougher sell.
Despite those claims, Peugeot Sport boss clarified that they won’t return at the hillclimb as it costs too much.
Based on the CMP platform, the new 208 GTi will have a stiffer, yet lighter, chassis and may spawn an electric version.