(www.worldcarfans.com) - It was in the 1930s that Peugeot started the innovative concept of the coupГ© cabriolet, with the 601, 401 and 402 Eclipse. This concept was to become one of Peugeot's trademark features and make the marque the No1 producer of coupГ© cabriolets, with today more than 500,000 vehicles sold worldwide.
The car that changed the UK convertible car market forever was the Peugeot 206 CC. Launched in the UK in January 2001, the 206 CC broke new ground with regards to technology, manufacturing and entry price, reports Trend.
It brought a coupГ© cabriolet with an electric folding roof into the price range of everyone, not just the preserve of the luxury car market segment. Its introduction saw it transform the UK market for convertible cars and become the best-selling convertible car in the UK for three consecutive years. Its success, however, is worldwide and with more than 360,000 units produced it is the world's best selling small coupГ© cabriolet.
With the launch of the Peugeot 207 CC in March 2007, it will replace the legendary Peugeot 206 CC.
The 207 CC will be available at launch with two petrol engines and one diesel engine combined with two trim levels вЂ" Sport and GT. Both of the petrol engines have been developed as part of the co-operation between PSA Peugeot CitroГ"n and the BMW Group and introduce technology not normally found in this market segment.
The first engine, and the one which is expected to be the most popular choice, is the 1.6 litre 120 bhp petrol engine. This engine has greater performance across the range than the previous 1.6 litre petrol engine fitted to the 206 CC and with a combined drive cycle fuel consumption figure of 43.5 mpg, reduces fuel consumption and emissions by 8% and 7% respectively.
The second petrol engine is the class leading 1.6 litre 150 bhp THP petrol turbo-charged engine first seen in the 207 GT THP 150 hatchback. This engine offers incredible engine flexibility due to its maximum torque of 180 lb ft available from an engine speed of only 1400 rpm and its maximum power of 150 bhp at 5800 rpm. The use of an innovative Twin-Scroll turbocharger, variable inlet valve timing and direct high-pressure fuel injection creates an engine with a remarkable balance between performance and low fuel consumption / emissions.
The final engine is Peugeot's class leading 1.6 litre HDi diesel engine producing 110 bhp which is also fitted with a diesel particulate emission filter (DPFS) so ensures excellent performance and low fuel consumption with emissions of only 136 g/km.
The 1.6 litre 120 bhp petrol engine is available with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic gearbox with Porsche Tiptronic sequential manual selection as well.
The new electric folding roof for the 207 CC has been designed 100% in-house and is the result of Peugeot's expertise in the design and manufacture of coupГ© cabriolets. It has been designed against a rigorous specification in terms of quality and operating durability.
With a similar operation to the 206 CC, the 207 CC roof, however, differs significantly in terms of convenience thanks to its entirely automatic operation вЂ" no more manual release handles. The only manual operation consists of pressing the control button for 25 seconds, during which time the opening or closing cycle is completed; after all four windows have been lowered automatically.