Peugeot’s first foray into the Sport Utility Vehicle segment is using some proven technology, reports NICK DALTON.
THE 4007 is based on the Mitsubishi Outlander but comes with two bonuses: a diesel engine and a dual-clutch gearbox option.
Peugeot says it has the cheapest European SUV diesel with seven seats under $50,000 on the market.
The company says the 4007 is the French brand’s response to strong growth in the market for all-terrain vehicles and SUVs, with SUVs occupying about 20 per cent of the Australian market.
The all-diesel 4007 wagon range is priced from $45,490 in five-seat manual ST form. While that’s $12,250 more than the starting price of the Mitsubishi Outlander upon which it is based (and $4500 more than the cheapest Outlander V6), Peugeot says the seven-seat automatic version of the 4007 ST ($49,190) is Australia’s only European SUV with seven seats and diesel power priced under $50,000.
An automatic version of five-seat ST, equipped with Peugeot’s first dual-clutch transmission (a six-speed unit from Getrag), is priced $2500 higher than the (sixspeed Aisin) manual at $47,990, while the auto-only seven-seat SV flagship tops the range at $54,190.
IN THE ENGINE ROOM
There are two trim levels, two seating configurations and with two transmission options, but unlike the petrol-only Outlander is available here just with PSA Peugeot Citroen’s new 2.2-litre HDi diesel engine.
Equipped with a variable-geometry 52mm Honeywell turbocharger, the 2178cc oil-burning fourcylinder is exclusive to the 4007 in the Peugeot range and produces 115kW of power at 4000rpm, along with 380Nm of torque from 2000rpm.
Compared with PSA’s previous 2.2 HDi engine, it runs a lower compression ratio (16.6 instead of 18.0:1), a 25 per cent larger combustion chamber diameter, a variable-swirl inlet manifold, piezoelectric injectors and a third-generation Bosch common-rail injection system with 1600 bar of fuel pressure, up from 1350 bar.
Fitted with Peugeot’s diesel particulate filter ( FAP), the Euro 4 emissions-compliant engine is claimed to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 per cent over its predecessor. And the patented double-wall cylinder block is said to improve acoustic performance by 3dBa. It also features two counter-rotating balance shafts and a two-part oil sump, extending oil change intervals to 20,000km.
Peugeot says that with 250Nm available from just 1250rpm, 300Nm (or almost 80 per cent of peak torque) on tap from 1500rpm and 90 per cent of torque on hand until 3000rpm, the 4007 manual sprints to 100km/h in 9.9 seconds and offers fifthgear 80-120km/h acceleration in 9.3 seconds.
The auto’s claimed 0-100km/h acceleration time is 12.5 seconds.
The 4007 manual returns average combined fuel consumption of just seven litres per 100km ( 7.3L/100km for the auto) and emits 185g of CO2 per km (auto: 192g/km). Kerb weights range between 1790kg for the ST manual to 1840kg for the fully- loaded SV auto, with all models offering a 2000kg towing capacity.
The 4007 has the same level of equipment as the 407 sedan and Touring, with the base ST coming standard with electronic stability and traction control, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution ( EBD), emergency brake assist ( EBA), six airbags including two-row side curtains, 16in Manyara alloy wheels with 215/ 70 tyres, cruise control, remote central locking, rear parking sensors, climate-control airconditioning, power windows/mirrors and sports cloth/leatherette trim.
Available only with seven seats and the Dual Clutch System (DCS) auto, the top-shelf 4007 SV adds 18in Tanganyika alloys with 225/55-section tyres, rear privacy glass, chrome door sill plates and window surrounds, Xenon headlights with washers, leather trim, front seat heating and a powered driver’s seat.
The 4007 presents different front and rear styling to the Outlander (and the Citroen C-Crosser). It has a new front bumper with fog lights, chrome-surrounded air intakes and feline eye-shaped clear-lens headlights, which are draped over flat front wings either side of a contoured bonnet and a large Peugeot Lion badge.
It shares the interior with the Outlander but with Peugeot badges replacing those of the Mitsubishi’s.
Also like the Outlander it uses an electronic ondemand all-wheel drive system that directs 85 per cent of torque to the front wheels in normal conditions, but can be switched on the fly between 2WD, automatic 4WD and 4WD Lock modes, in which up to 50 per cent of torque is directed rearwards.
The 4007 inherits the Outlander’s all-independent suspension system, which is tuned specifically for the 2.2 HDi version and features MacPherson springstruts with a 22mm anti-roll bar up front and a multi- arm system with 20mm stabiliser at rear.
As with the Outlander, the 4007 comes with disc brakes all round, with ventilated 294x24mm rotors gripped by twin-piston callipers up front and 302mm solid rear discs with single-piston callipers at the rear.
A speed-sensitive power steering system returns a 10.6m turning circle.
Almost identical to the Outlander in all key dimensions, the 4007 is 4635mm long, 1805mm wide, 1715mm high and rides on a 2672mm wheelbase. With all seven seats in place its boot volume is 589 litres, extending to 1691 litres with the third row stowed.
ON THE ROAD
I haven’t driven the Outlander so can’t compare the two but the 4007 ST seven seater is a striking and bold looking SUV.
While the diesel rattle is noticeable at idle, it is quiet on the move. The 4007 rides and handles nicely too, more dynamic in its responses than some of its opposition.
The option to run in more economical front-drive mode is more likely to be chosen by most drivers, which means a little scrabbling for traction even in relatively easy driving situations.
Give the 4007 some stick, though, and there is noticeable torque steer or the steering wheel twisting slightly in your hands as the front wheels gets the power down,
The auto 4WD mode, which allows the rear wheels to come into play when needed, demonstrates however that on-demand systems are generally a lot better today than in earlier incarnations. The transmission of torque to the back wheels via spinning metal plates electronically controlled to sense when rear-wheel traction is needed, is usually invisible to the driver.
In 4WD lock mode, even more torque is sent to the rear axles.
With MacPherson strut front suspension and a coil-sprung multi-link layout at the rear, the Outlander rides comfortably yet steers quite accurately without too much body roll. It’s all quiet too, befitting its positioning as a slightly upmarket compact SUV.
Engine, transmission and wind noise are hushed, although road noise is noticeable, which is surprising with a vehicle on higher profile tyres.
It only carries a compact space-saver spare, which proves that like most modern SUVs, the 4007 will be spending more time on the road than off it. The seven seat option is strictly for children though. The 4007 is a pleasingly dynamic compact SUV that offers a lot with plenty of interior space, a relatively smooth turbo-diesel, electronic stability control, six airbags, cruise control, electronic rear park assist, climate control airconditioning and combined sports cloth/leather trim make it commendably luxurious as well as safe and enjoyable to drive.
It certainly sits differently on the list of desirable compact SUVs.
>>TEST VEHICLE COURTESY OF TRINITY PEUGEOT, MCLEOD ST, CAIRNS