Hot GTi variants would remain front-wheel drive and mark Peugeot’s first foray into the high-performance SUV segment, rivalling the likes of the Nissan Juke Nismo.
“The strategy of the brand is to have upper versions, GT, GT Line and GTi, and this strategy will be developed in all the range,” said Laurent Blanchet, head of product development.
Peugeot says it has the capability of making GTi variants, but it will only do so if customers want them.
The new 2008 and 3008 SUVs will get GT and GT Line trim levels, adding extras such as bigger alloy wheels and a leather interior, along with sporty styling. There are no engine upgrades, but the suspension is expected to be revised slightly. GTi variants would sit above them.
Peugeot is experimenting with all-wheel drive systems, but they are unlikely to be used on the SUV GTis. An all-wheel-drive plug-in 3008 is due in 2019 and an all-wheel drive hybrid powertrain was used with the 308 R Hybrid concept.
The conceptual technology is unlikely to make its way into the 3008, and the plug-in all-wheel drive system has not been developed for performance-led variants.