Peugeot has unveiled the ‘SW’ station wagon version of its all-new 407 model line. The SW comes only a few weeks after first details of the sedan were revealed; in contrast the 206SW and 307SW derivatives did not appear until at least a year after the hatchback lines.
Overall length of the 407SW has been increased to 4,763mm, with a rear overhang extended by 87mm compared to the saloon, allowing easier access to the boot and necessitating major structural reinforcements: a very low-level sill, a tailgate cut very low in the upper part and an original design of the rear quarter panels.
Its overall height is 1,486mm, an increase of 41 mm, due to a new roof design with longitudinal luggage rails.
Like the smaller 307SW, the new wagon’s main distinguishing feature is a huge panoramic tinted glass roof, measuring 1.6 square metres, which extends the equally large windscreen in an uninterrupted sweep rearwards, taking the total glazed surface area of the new model to 4.28 square metres.
To minimise parking scrapes, a grained black capping strip protects the corners of the front and rear bumpers while, on many versions, the rear bumper incorporates four reversing sensors.
To minimise scratches from luggage, the low-cut tailgate opening is lined with a grained black strip along its upper edge while a thick transparent film protects the central section.
The glass roof is said to flood the passenger compartment with space and light and the transparent section of the roof envelopes the roof console.
Manufactured from 6mm-thick tinted laminated glass, the panoramic glass roof transmits light to the order of 20% while limiting energy filtration to 12 %. The panoramic roof can be completely or partially darkened (nine positions), by means of an electric awning composed of four overlapping panels, which fold away discreetly at the rear of the roof. It is controlled by a rotary button on the roof console and includes an auto safety reverse feature.
However, unlike some versions of the outgoing 406 station wagon, the new model can seat only five passengers.
The main load space of 448 dm3 is supplemented by side storage areas with a volume of 9 and 12 dm3 respectively. Minimum load area width is 1,100 mm.
A wide strip of ribbed stainless steel forms the load sill with a width of 1,071 mm, while the floor of the boot is lined with thick braided carpet with four narrow slide bars, ensuring that two suitcases can easily be laid flat over a length of 1,030 mm.
Lined with a thick soundproof membrane, the boot carpet is removable and has a lifting strap and hook extension that provide access to a normal sized spare wheel, stored in a well under the load area. The walls of the luggage compartment are carpeted and house two side storage areas behind thermoformed flaps. On the right-hand side, a six CD loader and JBL bass cabinet can be installed adjacent to the storage area.
On all versions, the seat cushions and seat backs of the rear bench seat are divided 2/3-1/3 and fold down to form a virtually flat surface, without the need to remove the curved head restraints, which are said to be particularly compact in the lowered position.
The effective load area length then becomes 1,700 mm, increasing the load volume from the top of the seat back to 624 dm3 according to the VDA standard.
A ski flap is either standard or optional, depending on model, and can be accessed from inside the passenger compartment.
The 407SW’s fold-down front passenger seat is similar to many recently redesigned rivals: on all versions, this feature provides an effective length of 2,700mm between the inside of the tailgate and the glove box for the occasional transport of very long and bulky objects, while still seating two passengers.
The 407 SW range will be offered with the same nine power trains available on the 407 sedan, including four petrol engines (1.8- to three litres) and 1.6- and two-litre HDi diesel units, each with a particle emission filter (PEF).
Five or six-speed manual gearboxes are used.
Peugeot’s familiar electronically controlled four-speed automatic auto-adaptive gearbox has been joined by an all-new six-speed automatic, developed and built by Aisin AW, and available only with the three-litre V6 petrol engine.