After the presentation of the new generation of the Peugeot 308, the followers of the model received a severe blow when it was made public that it would not have a GTI variant. We do not know if the news that we bring today will comfort you or it will seem like sacrilege, but the brand is working on the Peugeot 308 Cross, a new sporty SUV variant.
The model is known internally by the name of P54 and, since the Peugeot range already has a compact SUV in the Peugeot 3008, the new member of the family will be a kind of raised model, but with a free distance to the intermediate floor between 308 and 3008.
Not only that will be the difference with its brothers and it is that, with the second occupying the place of a “conventional” SUV, but the 308 Cross will also adopt a more athletic format, with a softened roof drop and sportier proportions. In short, it is postulated as a rival to the Renault Arkana.
Regarding its design, little else is known except for the fact that it will retain an identical front end, and that it will only be the rear quarter that will show off new elements.
As for the mechanical options of the Peugeot 308 Cross, it seems that it will discard the diesel block of the 308 (Blue HDI 1.5 of 130 CV) to offer only the micro-hybrid gasoline options and the two plug-in hybrid alternatives of 180 and 225 CV of power.
We will have to be patient because we will not see the SUV until the spring of 2022, while the commercialization is not expected until the second half of the year.