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Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato confirmed that “something very outstanding” will arrive this autumn

Peugeot is planning  a dramatic new concept car that previews a potential new range-topping model.

While details of the concept car are scarce, CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato confirmed to Autocar that the Paris motor show in September would play host to “something very outstanding and radical”. The concept is likely to be electric.

This would be in line with Peugeot’s plans for every new model from 2019 to have an electrified version, according to Imparato. He said the firm would not be launching stand-alone electric vehicles, nor dropping diesel. Instead, an electrified version would be one of the options available in any given model range, alongside traditional petrol engines and, in most line-ups, diesel.

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“One hundred per cent of new launches will have electrified versions from 2019,” said Imparato. “You will buy your Peugeot and choose the engine for your need. It will not be the same in every country and city, and we must cope with that.

“So we put in place a modular platform, and you will choose diesel if you want to, petrol if it’s for you. Each launch will have three powertrains: diesel, petrol and electrified.”

Imparato said that whether they were pure electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids would depend on the model. Plug-ins would be more likely for larger models, such as the Peugeot 3008 and Peugeot 508, with a pure electric option expected for the likes of the next-generation 208.

The next 208 will be launched in 2019, and Imparato said it was “a killer” in its execution. “That’s all I’ll say. You’ll see it next year,” he added.

As well as bolstering its electrified offerings, Imparato said Peugeot will continue to push and promote its range of GTi models, of which the Peugeot 208 (above) will remain one.

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scotty5 23 May 2018

Forward vision

autocar wrote:

Peugeot is planning  a dramatic new concept... something very outstanding and radical

Dials which aren't obscured from view by the steering wheel?

Jeremy 23 May 2018


That they are not having a bespoke EV platform (for the time being), like say VW with the ID, Tesla, Jag iPace, etc. This must keep development costs down as well as giving them the ability to adjust production of the different drive-trains to suit demand. Rember at present EVs are a tiny proportion of the market. 

Mikey C 23 May 2018

It also means that their

It also means that their electric cars will be slightly compromised, with everything under the bonnet when batteries can be distributed throughout the car for better weight distribution and space efficiency.

But then an electric 208 isn't a premium product, as margins wouldn't allow anything more bespoke in that market

Ubberfrancis44 23 May 2018

Good on them to keep making

Good on them to keep making GTI's, every one of them currently on sale (308 and 208) are absolute crackers, I just hope the next 208 GTI is a 4-door.