FRANCE: Peugeot updates top selling 207
PSA's Peugeot brand has updated its popular 207 line of three- and five-door hatchbacks, wagon and coupe-convertible.
Twelve different engines are now offered. Peugeot said the minor mid-life styling and trim upgrade would "further strengthen the 207's position as Europe's top selling small car, a position it has held for the last two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008".
Peugeot UK has sold around 167,000 units since the 207 replaced the popular locally-produced 206 in June 2006.
Changes include a subtly restyled nose, increased use of exterior body colouring and chrome detailing. New rear lights for hatchback and CC models now include panels of light emitting diodes.
Interior trim is new and the instrument panel redesigned "with a more modern look and visual appeal".
Like the fully redesigned 2010 C3 announced by Peugeot's PSA sibling Citroen yesterday, the updated 207 has new engines including a unit with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km, which will exempt owners from paying annual road tax charges here in the UK.
Peugeot said it would gradually introduce engines meeting the stringent Euro5 emission standard across the range. Manual transmission models now have a gear change indicator "to encourage the driver to drive in a more environmentally efficient way".
Standard or optional equipment upgrades include USB and Bluetooth connectivity, one-touch indicator function, remote controlled window closurefor hatchback and SW (wagon) models and one-touch operation of the driver's electric window for the CC.
PSA said it would announce more details of the 207 update later.
The automaker also sells a locally developed 207 sedan variant in Brazil and Argentina but this is a combination of the previous 206 sedan developed for markets that prefer this body style over hatchbacks - such as China and South America - with a restyled 207-like nose.
The current Brazilian 207 hatchback is also a 206/207 hybrid developed because Peugeot thought the 'new' 207 would end up priced to high for this relatively low income market.
Last February, Peugeot France launched this model in other markets, including Europe, as a revived and updated 206 line branded the '206+'.