Peugeot has announced the iconic GTi name will return next year, gracing a performance version of the new 208 hatchback.

Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Peugeot has up until now been tight-lipped on the details. But now the firm has said the 208 GTi will go into production and will arrive in the UK in the spring.

Peugeot says the car is designed for "demanding individuals" and has fitted a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with 200bhp under the bonnet.

The car has a widened track by 10mm at the front and 20mm at the rear, firmer suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels and will only be available as a three-door.

The 208 GTi also gets wing extensions, new halogen headlamps, GTi badges on the rear quarter panels reminiscent of the classic 205 GTi, red brake callipers and a trapezoid chromed double tailpipe.

The interior is decked out with sporty black headlining, sports seats upholstered in nappa leather and cloth, an aluminium sill stamped with the Peugeot name, red GTi stitching and, that hallmark of hot hatches – aluminium pedals.

Peugeot has fitted the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 200bhp and 275Nm of torque - although, the firm may add a more powerful version later.

For now customers will have to make do with a 0-60mph time of around seven seconds and CO2 emissions of 145g/km.