The 207 range

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Project Peugeot 207 Cc -

The Peu­geot 207 ar­rived in 2006 to re­place the 206, which had sold a stag­ger­ing nine mil­lion units since its launch in 1998, mean­ing the new model had a lot to live up to. Even at the be­gin­ning, the 207 gen­er­ated bad feel­ing in the UK be­cause, two years pre­vi­ously, PSA had an­nounced that the model would not be be­ing man­u­fac­tured at the com­pany’s Ry­ton-on-dun­smore plant near Coventry. The old factory that had turned out Avengers, as well as var­i­ous Peu­geots, closed for­ever in De­cem­ber 2006.

In the UK, the 207 never sold quite as well as its pre­de­ces­sor, so the French plants were more than ca­pa­ble of build­ing enough of them for the UK mar­ket.

The ‘new’ 207 wasn’t quite as new as it ap­peared, be­cause it was ac­tu­ally based on the floor­pan and sus­pen­sion of the 2003 Cit­roën C3. Var­i­ous petrol en­gines were avail­able: an un­der­pow­ered 1.4-litre 8-valve with 75bhp, a 16-valve ver­sion with 90bhp and a 1.6-litre 16-valve with 110bhp. The smaller 8-valve units all used belt-drive camshafts, but the 1.4 and 1.6 used VTI units with Val­vetronic, up­graded in 2007 to de­liver 96bhp and 122bhp re­spec­tively. Two turbo units were also avail­able with 150bhp or 175bhp. As far as diesels were con­cerned, there was a 1.4-litre 70bhp ver­sion, as well as a 1.6 90bhp ver­sion and a 1.6 110bhp HDI with an in­ter­cooler. Pro­duc­tion of the 207 came to an end in 2012, with just over 4.1 mil­lion cars built, thus com­ing nowhere close to Peu­geot’s best-sell­ing 206. It was re­placed by the 208, which was based on the PSA PF1 plat­form shared with other smaller Peu­geots and Citroëns.

The CC (Coupé Con­vert­ible) was launched in 2007 to re­place the pre­vi­ous 206 CC that had sold pretty well. Var­i­ous en­gine and trim op­tions were avail­able, start­ing with the 120bhp 1.6 VTI and go­ing on through an HDI model with the 112bhp 1.6 diesel en­gine and the 120/150bhp 1.6 Turbo that we’ve bought – ours is an 150bhp GT ver­sion. Trim lev­els started with the base model Ac­tive, which in­cluded ABS, al­loys, a CD player, elec­tric win­dows and mir­rors, front fog­lights, ISOFIX, driver and pas­sen­ger front and side airbags, re­mote lock­ing and fully ad­justable seats and steer­ing col­umn. The Al­lure and GT mod­els added air­con­di­tion­ing, fully colour-coded bumpers, cruise con­trol, power-fold mir­rors, park­ing sen­sors and half-leather trim. The Elle lim­ited edi­tion added me­tal­lic paint and spe­cial leather trim, while the Roland Gar­ros ver­sion had two-tone grey/black leather (most of them were white) with heated seats, cruise con­trol, cli­mate con­trol and park­ing sen­sors.

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