Peugeot has confirmed it will build a new second-generation RCZ coupe, according to a report this week with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
In an interview with the paper this week, Peugeot brand boss Maxime Picat said that the RCZ is crucial to the brand’s image as it pushes toward a more premium market position.
Picat’s comments will be welcome to fans of the French brand, after news of new investment and the promise of a ‘back to basics’ direction raised speculation that the RCZ badge could be axed in favour of a focus on more practical models.
PSA Peugeot Citroen announced approval earlier this year of a €1.6 billion rescue package from the French Government and China’s state-owned Dongfeng Motor Group, along with a further €1.4 billion from existing PSA investors, after recording a €2.32 billion loss in 2013.
As for the next RCZ, Peugeot has yet to confirm specific details or timing for the new model, although a 2016 or 2017 debut could be on the cards.
The current model is built on PSA’s older PF2 platform, the next coupe would likely utilise the versatile EMP2 modular platform that so far underpins the new 308 and the C4 Picasso people-mover range.
On the styling front, Peugeot’s sharp new styling would dominate, moving the RCZ away from the bulbous proportions of the current model.
The new platform should help the next RCZ shave some of the current model’s 1355kg bulk, and more powerful engine options could also star.
The current range recently saw the addition of a new RCZ R model, boosting power from 147kW in the regular coupe to a meatier 199kW.
We could also see hybrid power boosting the new model’s outputs and adding all-wheel-drive to the mix.
In the case of the Onyx concept, Peugeot’s Hybrid4 system was mated to a massively powerful 447kW 3.7 litre V8 to produce a combined 507kW.
We’d expect the next RCZ to stick with a smaller and lighter petrol engine, but adding an electric element could give the new coupe upwards of 250kW.
For a model that Peugeot considers a rival to Audi’s TT - available in far more powerful tunes - the next RCZ could really be something.