Peugeot is introducing an all-new Partner which has numerous styling enhancements including a newly styled front end, redesigned interior and uprated comfort and safety features.
Available in Europe in four versions - XR, XT, XT Pack and Ushuaïa Grand Raid - the new range will consist of a light commercial vehicle (LCV) and a passenger car. The LCV will be available in either standard trim (payload of 600 kg) or comfort trim (payload of 600 kg or 800 kg).
The new Partner is available with two petrol engines, the 1.4 and 1.6 litre, and two diesel engines, the 1.9 litre and 2.0 litre HDi.
New front styling
The front end of the new Partner is completely redesigned to meet the needs of both a utility vehicle and the leisure market. Its new bonnet is more horizontal (raised by 40mm) and more ribbed to reinforce its robust appearance, while retaining the now familiar Peugeot feline 'look'.
The headlamps have been redesigned and now have clear polycarbonate lenses. The functions within the cluster are separated horizontally, and include indicator light, sidelights and main beam.
The new front wings have a slight camber around the wheel arch to blend in with the lines of the headlamps and bonnet.
The lower front bumper has been raised and its redesigned silhouette reinforces the appearance of solidity and protection, with the option for foglamps if not fitted as standard equipment.
The 1.4 litre develops a maximum power of 75 bhp at 5,600rpm, and maximum torque of 90 lb ft at 3,400rpm.
The 1.6 litre 16-valve petrol engine develops 110 bhp at 5,750rpm and a maximum torque of 110 lb ft at 4,000rpm.
The 1.9 litre diesel engine produces maximum power of 70 bhp at 4,600rpm and a maximum torque of 94 lb ft at 2,500rpm.
The 2.0 litre HDi (high pressure direct injection) produces 90 bhp at 4,000rpm and
154 lb ft of torque at 1,900rpm.
All models are fitted with a five speed manual gearbox.
The suspension, brakes, steering, wheels and tyres have all been changed to ensure improved road-holding and comfort for both driver and passengers.
The new Partner offers three different suspension set-ups depending on its end use, and also the final country of destination.
- The redesigned 'European' suspension optimises road-holding and passenger comfort (shock absorption, flexibility etc.).
- Raised suspension (as in the Ushuaïa Grand Raid version) is also targeted at utility companies, such as the Post Office, and private buyers who occasionally require to drive off standard road surfaces. The ground clearance has been raised by 15mm on this type of suspension with a special plate to protect the power train. This version also has a strengthened drive system based on a limited slip differential which offers good road holding under difficult conditions.
- The CRD suspension (for rough driving conditions) has had its ground clearance raised by 15mm, and the addition of a underplate to protect the engine.
The large front ventilated disc brakes are 266mm in diameter and 26mm thick for more efficient braking, while the rear drum brakes have a diameter of 228mm and a width of 40mm.
ABS can be equipped as an option on all versions. From 2003, XT and Ushuaïa Grand Raid models equipped with 1.6 litre and 2.0 HDi engines will be fitted with the electronic stability programme (ESP) and anti-skid (ASR) and emergency braking assistance (EBA) functions.
Power steering is standard across the range.
Wheels and trims
The 15" wheels already fitted to the current Ushuaïa version now equip the Partner from the XT version upwards on 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre HDi engine models equipped with two sliding side doors.
The Iléa and Spring alloy wheels available as an option are retained, the Iléa wheel is now available in a 15" version and as an option on the XT pack model. The Partner's alloy wheels are fitted with anti-theft bolts as standard.
The new fascia panel has been designed to reflect the styling of current Peugeot cars, and storage space has also been increased.
As well as a front passenger airbag, on the passenger side the lower glove box can accommodate an A4 notebook horizontally. The actual glove box itself has air conditioning, to keep drinks and food cool on long journeys.
The central console between the two front seats has also been redesigned with a storage area to hold cassettes, CDs or other small objects. It features three bottle holders.
In front of the driver, the new 4-dial instrument panel has a rev counter on all petrol and diesel versions.
The four-spoke steering wheel is also new, and power steering is standard across the range.
On the driving column itself the driver operational controls have been taken directly from the 307 so that on certain models there is a radio stalk and also cruise control which is an option across the range.
The new Partner has new equipment and modifications relating to both safety and comfort.
- Airbags are incorporated in the sides of the front seats (available as an option on the Combi version equipped with two sliding side doors and on the Comfort commercial vehicle).
- The volume of the driver's airbag has increased from 45 to 60 litres.
- The seats of the Comfort commercial vehicle, both driver and passenger can accommodate side airbags regardless of the number of sliding doors.
- The front seats have pre-tensioning seat belts with force limiter.
- The 100 litre passenger airbag is available on all versions and as an option on commercial vehicle models.
- Fog lamps are standard on the Ushuaïa Grand Raid and XT pack and can be fitted as an option on the XT and Comfort commercial vehicle.
- The cruise control is available as an option on the XT, XT pack, Ushuaïa Grand Raid and Comfort commercial vehicle equipped with the 1.4 or 1.6 litre petrol model, and 2.0 HDi engine.
- All petrol versions are fitted with a fuel cut-off device in the event of an impact.
The Partner has incorporated multiplexing since June 2000. The new Partner will use BSI (Built-in Systems Interface) technology which increases the number of functions to include:
- Vehicle location device via plip (activation of hazard lights for ten seconds)
- Operation of the radio with the ignition off
- Sound level of the car radio indexed to vehicle speed
- Automatic door locking
All Combi versions of the new Partner are equipped with two sliding side doors and have traditional front seats which can be tilted for comfort. There is a 2/3 - 1/3 fold-down rear seat. Each rear seat is equipped with a retractable head restraint which can be lowered when not in use to improve rear vision.
A child seat can also be used in the Partner thanks to the inclusion of 'Isofix' anchoring points in the rear for the central and right hand seats.
Exterior colours and interior trims
A choice of 12 exterior colours is offered on the Partner range, five solid and seven metallic colours. Interior trim differs according to model type, with more conventional, youthful and leisure style trims available to suit the model type.
Please note that full details of the UK model line-up including specification and pricing will be announced at a later date.Published 6 September 2002