Vauxhall is going all-electric and like some of its peers, has just announced the launch of a new electrified performance sub-brand dubbed GSe.
The British car manufacturer says GSe stands for Grand Sport Electric and that models adorned with this special badge will benefit from upgraded looks while also undergoing driver-focused upgrades to their chassis. Furthermore, more powerful electrified powertrains will be used than non-GSe badged models.
“GSe will offer sports handling and looks combined with the performance and responsibility of electrified powertrains,” Vauxhall acting managing director James Taylor described in a press release. “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.”
Vauxhall currently builds the Corsa Electric, Mokka Electric, Combo Life Electric, and Vivaro Life Electric. Its range of EVs will soon grow with the launch of the Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric as it looks to offer an electrified version of every model by 2024 and to only sell full-electric vehicles from 2028. Models currently available as plug-in hybrids include the Astra, Astra Sports Tourer, and Grandland.
The GSe sub-brand will fill the void left behind by Vauxhall’s former performance sub-brand, VXR. The automaker hasn’t said which model will be the first to receive the new GSe treatment but Auto Express suggests that it will be the Astra and Astra Sports Tourer which may receive more powerful plug-in hybrid powertrains with upwards of 300 hp.