Peugeot has revised its 407 Saloon and SW range with a four-model line-up, available for May delivery. A new ‘Sport’ model introduces a compelling specification, while the impressive 2.7-litre twin-turbo HDi Diesel, first seen in the 407 Coupé, is available in the distinctive range-topping ‘Executive’ model.
The four optimised trim levels now combine a progressively increasing level of desirable features, and are identified by their comprehensive model specification designations; S, SE, Sport and Executive. The S model introduces all the range-wide benefits of standard equipment features on 407, while the popular SE model adds items like automatic activated windscreen wipers and headlamps, tyre pressure sensors and electrically folding door mirrors.
The new Sport model is available with either a 2.2-litre petrol or HDi 136 Diesel engine. Standard features, over the SE, include electric adjustment of the half-leather/Zagros trimmed front seats, 6-disc CD autochanger, rear parking aid and a multi-function colour display screen. A Bluetooth hands free telephone kit is also fitted as standard, as it is on the SE model.
A substantial choice of powertrain is offered to 407 customers and the new and much praised V6 HDi Diesel unit, with a displacement of 2.7-litres is now available in Executive trim. The DPFS (Diesel Particle Filter System) equipped twin-turbo engine, with 205bhp is mated to the smooth-changing six-speed automatic gearbox, with ‘Porsche System’ Tiptronic controls, to harness the awesome 330 lb ft of torque delivered from 1900rpm.
Supplementing the V6 HDi Diesel engine, the top-of-the-range Executive model can also be specified with the 3.0-litre V6 petrol automatic or HDi 136 Diesel engine, in either manual or automatic transmission. All models now feature 18" Soleil alloy wheels and body-coloured rubbing strips for a more distinctive exterior appearance. All Executive models take the fully-integrated Peugeot RT3 system - combining single CD/RDS radio, integrated GSM mobile telephone colour satellite navigation and voice activation. Further enhancements include xenon headlamps, rear seat side airbags, full leather interior, laminated side windows, heated front seats, rear side window sunblinds and a rear screen sunblind on Saloon models.
The 407 redefines the standard for range-wide safety equipment in the medium sector, featuring a comprehensive safety specification with the standard fitment on all models of ESP (an Electronic Stability Programme) and seven airbags, recognised by the awarding of a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP rating.
High standards of equipment include digital air conditioning, panoramic glass roof on SW models, a choice of four petrol and three diesel engines, double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, and remote locking, plus many other desirable features.
The latest 407 Saloon and SW range also sees the introduction of a new HDi 136 six-speed automatic version in SE, Sport and Executive trim levels. Visually the 407 has been enhanced by the fitment of a chrome-plated radiator grille, which creates a more stylish presence, and body coloured side mouldings on the Executive V6 HDi model.
Smartnav remains a very popular standard fit item on all UK registered 407 cars (RT3 satellite navigation equipped models excluded) up to 31 March 2006.Published 14 March 2006