THE launch of the Peugeot 4007 signals the arrival of the French marque in the sports utility vehicle sector.
Powered by a variation of the 2.2 litre HDi engine first seen in the 407 HDi 170 mated to a six-speed manual transmission, two models will be available - SE and GT - costing £22,790 and £25,490 on-the-road respectively.
Standard equipment includes: electronic ‘on-demand’ four-wheel drive system, ESP, ABS and EBFD, roof bars, automatic air conditioning with climate control, pollen and dust filters, six airbags (front, side, and curtain), ultrasonic alarm and remote control central locking with deadlocks, trip computer, front fog lights and radio/ CD player with MP3 compatibility.
Produced in a 5+2 seating configuration, the model, produced in a joint collaboration between the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group and the Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, emits 191 g/km of CO2, returns 39.2 mpg on the combined fuel cycle and is 30% biodiesel compatible without modification (Peugeot: July 12). • PEUGEOT will use September’s Frankfurt Motor Show to showcase what is believed to be a crossover, 4x4 style variation on the 308 theme. Whether or not it will mimic the jacked-up urban safari wagon look of the 207 SW Outdoor or follow Nissan’s Qashqai with two- and four-wheel-drive running gear is unclear. But Steve Fahey, the 308 product manager, said: ‘It is no secret that the 308 range has a wider remit than the 307. The Qashqai shows how niche products move into the mainstream, but I cannot comment on the 308 plans.’ A French source said: ‘We are not just dipping our toes into the specialist market place with 4007. That is what our 00 series models are about so you can expect a 3008 sooner or later.’ (BusinessCar.co.uk:July 12).