Vauxhall has launched a new GSe sub-brand that will be used for its range-topping EV performance models.
The GSe badge stands for Grand Sport Electric and will denote models that combine sharper looks and handling with electrified powertrains, including plug-in hybrids and fully electric editions.
This is intended to support the brand’s plans to offer electrified versions of all its models by 2024 and sell only 100% electric vehicles from 2028.
The new badge, which is also being used by the Opel brand in Europe, has been revealed in an image but details of which models will get the GSe treatment first are yet to be announced.
The Vauxhall EV line-up comprises the Corsa Electric, Mokka Electric, Combo Life Electric and Vivaro Life Electric and will soon be joined Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric.
These will share underpinnings with the Peugeot e-308 and e-308 SW revealed this week.
The Astra, Astra Sports Tourer and Grandland are also available as plug-in hybrids.
James Taylor, acting managing director at Vauxhall, said GSe models will feature driver-focused chassis set-ups that complement the higher performance of an electrified powertrain whilst retaining the zero-emissions-in-use benefits.
He added: “GSe will offer sports handling and looks combined with the performance and responsibility of electrified powertrains.
“Sitting atop the newly simplified Vauxhall range, the GSe name is both a nod to GSi performance models from our heritage as well being a complement to the GS versions in our line-up today.
“Vauxhall is committed to electrifying Britain and GSe shows that performance and driving pleasure are set to be part of our electric future.”