Space, Style And Practicality: The New Partner Combi Leads The Way | Part Two


Practicality and style combine in new Partner Combi

The new Partner keeps faith with its customers’ expectations by offering practicality, space, comfort and versatility. With its new front end, large, smooth headlamps and new grille, the new Combi is clearly marked out as a close contemporary of the marque’s most recent models.

Designed to transport people, luggage and equipment, the new Combi has a highly accessible boot (capacity 624 litres), which can be enlarged to 2800 litres (volume to roof level, rear seats folded down), and a load sill height of 570 mm. Rear passengers can get in and out by means of very practical sliding doors, and are seated comfortably and safely on a 2/3–1/3 fold-down bench seat, and protected by three "curved" head restraints and three 3-point inertia reel seat belts. Toddlers can sit anywhere in a child seat (Isofix fixtures on the central and right-hand seats). There are driver and passenger airbags, with the latter able to be disconnected to allow the installation of a child seat at the front. Side head/chest air bags are also available as an option.

Inside, a newly designed fascia panel puts an emphasis on storage, ergonomics and practicality with new features that improve safety and comfort. There are three drinks holders, a ‘re-locatable’ ashtray and a 12 volt power socket. There is generous roof storage space featuring three padded overhead storage areas and a CD holder at the front, with two large ‘aircraft’ type bins in the back of the rear seats. Additional comfort for the rear passengers includes extra air vents with adjustable air-flow, and individual reading lights.

The multiplex technology allows the incorporation of original electrical features, for example, the "location" function, which enables the driver to locate his vehicle in a car park by instructing the lights to flash without unlocking the doors, by means of the remote control.

‘Escapade’ – for all your family adventures

The all-new Escapade – unique to Peugeot – features raised, reinforced suspension and an even more accentuated "adventurer" look.

Externally, ‘Escapade’ is identified by wheel arch extensions, body-coloured front bumper, headlamp grilles, front fog lamps and 15" wheels.

Under the skin, ‘Escapade’ has its ride height raised by 30 mm to 170 mm (140 mm standard) and modifies the approach and escape angles, which are 28° and 37° respectively. This higher ground clearance is obtained by means of longer springs fitted at the front with greater suspension flexibility, increased from 55 mm/100 kg to 65 mm, making it possible to soften the axle for a better grip on uneven terrain and increases the adherence of the wheels. At the rear, flexibility is increased from 51 mm/100 kg to 54 mm. The four hydraulic dampers retain standard shock absorption characteristics to preserve overall comfort.

To cope with the vertical stresses induced by difficult terrain, the front wishbones are strengthened and now take the form of a single forged-steel component.

continues... | Part Three

Published : 25/03/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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