Advertisement

Peugeot 2008 GTi to head range of hot SUVs

Peugeot boss hints at series of new GTi SUV models, headed by Dakar-inspired Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008 GTi (watermarked_ - front

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin has hinted that a series of GTi-badged SUVs could be on the way. We challenged the boss on whether he could ignore the success of crossovers in Europe, and if his performance sub-brand was already considering beefed-up versions of existing SUVs.

Best SUVs and 4x4s on sale right now

Advertisement - Article continues below

“Why not?” Famin told Auto Express. “The 2008 DKR is fully in the brand’s strategy. Cross-country races like the Dakar are getting bigger and bigger, and we are winning them. The 2008 is our world car. Having this cross-country program fits very well with where we want to develop our brand. Doing it with the 2008 is also a way to promote this SUV and to give it a better image.”

A 2008 GTi would build on the success of the 208 and 308 GTi models, and our exclusive image shows how it could look. Flared arches, large alloys and chunky bumpers would set it apart, while under the skin would be a powerful turbocharged petrol engine paired with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.

Famin doesn’t believe four-wheel drive is necessary, even in an SUV. “The 2008 is two-wheel drive. It’s a way to show the customer that it can be as good as four-wheel drive in many conditions,” he said.

“After transferring the know how from the Dakar car into standard models, we will make it work – everything we learn will one day be in our road cars.”

Peugeot projects design director Keith Ryder insisted the brand was heading in the right direction. “We are not afraid to take risks,” he said. “Before, marketing would have said: ‘That needs to be blue as it’s always been blue.’ Now we have more freedom.”

Would you buy a hot Peugeot SUV? Let us know in the comments section below...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot Citroen merger agreed
PSA and FCA merger
Fiat

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot Citroen merger agreed

FCA and Groupe PSA come to an agreement for merger; union creates the world's fourth largest car company
18 Dec 2019
'Think of what PSA/FCA can do, not what they can’t'
Renault

'Think of what PSA/FCA can do, not what they can’t'

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks PSA and FCA could achieve incredible things together
6 Nov 2019
Peugeot to kill off GTi name
Peugeot 208 GTi - rear light
Peugeot

Peugeot to kill off GTi name

Forthcoming hot Peugeot 208 set to get Peugeot Sport Engineered name not legendary GTi badge
4 Oct 2019
'PSA is bucking the current sales trend'
Peugeot

'PSA is bucking the current sales trend'

PSA is the defying the current market trend of negative sales and it's all down to having strong leaderships, says Steve Fowler
1 Aug 2019

Most Popular

Skoda Octavia Estate vs Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
Estates

Skoda Octavia Estate vs Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

Skoda’s new Octavia Estate has moved upmarket. We find out if it’s a better wagon than the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
4 Jul 2020
New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed as petrol and diesel models arrive
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed as petrol and diesel models arrive

Skoda has unwrapped the complete Octavia line-up, which now offers a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid powertrains
3 Jul 2020
New Ineos Grenadier 4x4: prices, specs and video of the Land Rover Defender rival
Ineos Grenadier

New Ineos Grenadier 4x4: prices, specs and video of the Land Rover Defender rival

The Ineos Grenadier will be built in Wales and will use BMW engines, but fuel-cell electrification is also likely in the future
7 Jul 2020