20 July 2009

Peugeot 207

Peugeot launches 207 Economique with emissions of just 99g/km

20 July 2009 - The Peugeot 207, is now greener with the introduction of the new 207 Economique and Economique+, which emit only 99g/km of CO2. The new Peugeot 207 Economique will go on sale in the UK in October and will be available in two trim levels, Economique and Economique+. It will be priced with the entry level Economique three-door model starting at an on-the-road-price of £12,995.00.

The standard specification will include: Unique aerodynamic styling pack, 15 inch steel wheels with 'Aero' trims, black instrument dials, lion grey interior door handles, chrome insert to gear knob, black body-side mouldings, black door handles, electric air inlet flap, ABS, EBFD, EBA, passenger seat height adjustment, steering column adjustable for reach and rake, adjustable front head restraints, 2/3 – 1/3 split folding rear seat, electric front windows – 'one touch' for the driver, three rear three-point inertia seat belts, remote control central locking with deadlocks, side airbags, passenger airbag, driver airbag, power steering.

Peugeot 207

The Economique+ adds air-conditioning, electrically operated / heated door mirrors and a trip computer to the standard specification of the Economique version.

The 207 Economique is powered by Peugeot's 1.6 litre HDi diesel engine. The fuel consumption and emissions of the engine have been reduced by specially developed engine management software and the addition of an EGR heat exchanger to cool the re-injected exhaust gases. It is fitted with a specially modified five-speed manual gearbox with a higher final drive ratio than the standard 207 hatchback.

To ensure all the engine's power is used to propel the car forward, Peugeot's engineers have spent a lot of their time improving the aerodynamics of the 207. As a result of their work, the 207 Economique has an exceptional drag coefficient of only 0.274, compared to the standard 207 HDi 90 hatchback of 0.30.

Peugeot 207

This has been achieved by:

  • Lowering the ride height by 5 mm
  • Fitment of a special flexible lower bumper trim and deeper side extensions
  • Optimisation of the vehicle's air intakes
  • Addition of an under-tray covering either side of the exhaust system and the fuel tank
  • Fitment of special aerodynamic wheel trims
  • Introduction of a two-part rear spoiler with side extensions which wrap around the rear windscreen

To reduce the rolling resistance, Michelin 15' 185/65R15 VLRR (Very low rolling resistance) tyres are fitted.

The front of the 207 Economique shares the new 'softer' one-piece design with the rest of the 207 range, combined with a specially designed black front grille. At the rear, the car benefits from hi-tech rear lights incorporating LED technology, something of a rarity in this market segment.

Peugeot 207

From the side, the 207 Economique has a more aerodynamic profile enhanced by the 15' steel wheels with 'Aero' trims and the wrap-around rear spoiler with its side extensions surrounding the rear tailgate glass.

The 207 Economique will be available in a range of three exterior body colours and one interior trim, Savana cloth. The 207 Economique will also benefit from a range of new features. All are designed to assist the driver and, not only enhance their comfort and convenience but also, in some cases, help them to adopt a more environmentally-friendly driving style.

The Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) helps the driver to adopt a more economical driving style by indicating the optimal gear to be selected, thereby ensuring the lowest possible fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The indicator is located in the odometer and consists of a rising vertical arrow indicating the best time to change gear. The driver, however, is responsible for following the system's indications.

Peugeot 207

As standard the 207 Economique is fitted with a radio / single CD player with MP3 file compatibility but it can be fitted with Peugeot Connect USB with Bluetooth as an option. This system includes a radio with a MP3 compatible single CD player and full Bluetooth capability. The inclusion of Bluetooth enables a compatible mobile phone to be paired with the car. Once paired, the phone can be operated via the remote controls on the steering column. High-quality telephone communications can, therefore, be carried out in complete safety using both the car's speakers and inbuilt microphone.

The system also includes a USB Box which consists of a connection box located in the centre console with a USB connector and jack socket, all protected by a hinged cover. Once connected, an MP3 player or an iPod can be operated via the radio controls or controls under the steering wheel, with the units' screen information shown also on the car's multi-function display.