Peugeot will only approve the 208 GTI Concept to enter production if it determines that it is the best car in the category, according to director of range Laurent Blanchet. This was said during an interview with Autocar. Blanchet works directly under the supervision of company president Xavier Peugeot. Blanchet told Autocar that Peugeot has started the evaluation process.
He said that it won’t get pass the concept phase until it is better than key rivals like the Renault Clio 200, VW Polo GTI and Mini JCW. He clarified that the brand doesn’t want to make a car similar to the 207 RC or 308 GTI.
Instead, Blanchet wants that the car that will be launched would be a “real GTI” and is genuine as well as modern. He wants that the elements distinctive on the 205 GTI would still be used in the car but they will be shown in a modern way. He clarified that the company isn’t aiming to revive the 205 GTI and instead, seeks to offer the best product in the sector.
He is confident that with its merits, sales of the model will be high. He said that the 208 GTI is envisioned to be a performance car that’s also stylish. He said that the engine will offer 180 to 200bhp, and the ride and handling have to be at the top of the class.
He said that consumers can choose which version they prefer – a raw performance car or one that has the equipment and the style. He asserted that Peugeot is hoping to achieve an “equilibrium” of equipment and style.