Before we get onto the latest from Peugeot, let’s start with a brief history of the ’20.’ series.
The first one, unsurprisingly named the 201 came into being at the Paris motor show, way back in 1929. This was followed by the 202 in 1938, the 203 in 1948 and the 204 in 1965. The iconic 205 sold 5,278,000 units in its various forms, between 1983 and 1999. A figure that has been beaten by the 206, with 5,407,177 sold so far. And probably a few more in the time it takes to read this.
I say, ‘so far’ because production of Peugeot’s most successful car will continue alongside the new 207. It wouldn’t make sense for the company to cease production of its a best-seller.
So, the 207 is not a replacement for the 206 even though, at first glance there seems to be little difference between the two. However, the 207 is slightly bigger in almost every dimension. The Peugeot thinking is that the 206 is the ‘first family’ car or suits older people with an ‘active lifestyle’. The new 207, on the other hand, is seen by the company as the ‘grown-up, small family car’.
The 207 design follows two formats: Classic and Sport. The difference is in the large panel in front of the bonnet - both have the ‘smiley’ front grille but the Sport’s version is more of a grin, with circular fog lamps in chrome surrounds, where the Classic has integrated front fogs. At the other end, the Classic’s exhaust is ‘shielded’ by the rear bumper and is both chrome-plated and exposed on the Sport.
There are five trim options, of which the Urban, S, and SE are in the Classic style while the Sport and GT have the Sport styling. All but the SE come as 3- and 5-door hatchbacks - the SE is 5-door only.
This is a 15-year+ news article, from our Peugeot archive, which dates back to the year 2000.
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