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It Looks Like The Peugeot GTI Badge Is Dead

The next 208 hot hatchback will be given the ‘Peugeot Sport Engineered’ name instead of the famous GTI moniker

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Here's the all-new Peugeot 208 looking rather dapper
Here's the all-new Peugeot 208 looking rather dapper

The GTI sub-brand has been linked to fast Peugeot products for years, but now the company wants to bin the badge in favour of a new name. Decision makers at Peugeot are considering a rebrand to align with a shift to EVs.

The new 208 hot hatchback will most likely use an all-electric powertrain as opposed to a petrol engine, reflecting the general future direction of the company. At the Geneva Motor Show the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept car was revealed, which was our first clue as to which name would be potentially replacing GTI.

The Peugeot 508 concept was unveiled at Geneva Motor Show earlier this year
The Peugeot 508 concept was unveiled at Geneva Motor Show earlier this year

Auto Express reports that Peugeot bosses favour ‘Peugeot Sport Engineered’ for upcoming performance models, which suggests GTI brand won’t be used again. Executives at Peugeot UK are said to be campaigning to hold onto the badge, to reflect the history it has across the country.

The 208 GTI may be the last Peugeot to use the sub-brand
The 208 GTI may be the last Peugeot to use the sub-brand

How do you feel about the demise of the GTI badge? Would you rather it stuck around, even to be used on an EV? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.