It’ll stop World Rallycross to give attention to the brand new merchandise.
As soon as upon a time, Peugeot made a number of the most enjoyable and thrilling sporty vehicles for the plenty. The 205 GTI, for one, continues to be high of this author’s purchasing listing.
Sadly, lately Peugeot has churned out bland SUVs and vanilla people-movers for previous folks, and whereas first rate, we wouldn’t precisely name a lot of its present vary fascinating.
In the present day although Peugeot model CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato confirmed that the French marque is returning to the sports activities automotive enviornment effectively and really with a brand new vary of electrical vehicles. The vary will observe an already confirmed line of plug-in hybrids from the corporate that was introduced not too long ago on the Paris motor present.
“After presenting its new era of plug-in hybrid automobiles as a part of its electrification technique on the Paris Motor Present, Peugeot broadcasts the event of a brand new vary of electrified sports activities automobiles from 2020,” Imparato mentioned in a put up on Twitter.
Whereas many motoring purists might be dissatisfied by the give attention to electrified automobiles, the transfer must be celebrated. Till now most sporty electrical vehicles have come within the type of Teslas, BMWs, or Porsches, which aren’t precisely attainable for the plenty.
In fact, apart from the affirmation of the brand new vary of vehicles, we don’t precisely know what Peugeot is planning. An electrical sizzling hatch is probably going, as is a sports-inspired crossover, however hopefully a full-on sports activities automotive might be within the pipeline as effectively.
Sadly with all excellent news comes unhealthy information. Due to the corporate’s new electrical highway vehicles, Peugeot will exit World Rallycross on the finish of the present season.
“Peugeot will focus its assets on growing these new automobiles and has due to this fact determined to withdraw from the WRX championship on the finish of the 2018 season, whose evolution in direction of electrification is unsure,” mentioned Imparato.
The transfer is considerably shocking on condition that Peugeot, together with the Volkswagen group, was one of many first producers to place its weight behind an electrified future for rallycross.
Nevertheless, after Audi introduced it too was pulling the plug on its rallycross effort – and with it any plans for electrical rallycross – World RX pushed again its electrification timeline from 2020 to 2021. That, together with the shortage of dedication from different producers seems to be behind its choice to stop the sequence.