The Peugeot 407 SW - Panoramic Tinted Glass Roof | Part Two

The panoramic tinted glass roof measures 1.6 m², which extends the glass area of the equally large windscreen in an uninterrupted sweep rearwards, taking the total glazed surface area of the 407 SW to an astonishing 4.28 m².

The sculpted tailgate comprises a steel section and a glass section that open independently of each other. The steel section has a large chrome-plated lion badge and a stainless-steel panel that spells out the letters ‘Peugeot’ along its entire length. This long chrome-plated component conceals the electric release control that opens the boot and protrudes over the number plate and the two rectangular fog lights, mounted separately from the rear lights.

The tinted and curved rear windscreen comprises an opening central section and two fixed side windows adjacent to the rear quarter panels with their inverted design. At the top it houses the third brake light and at the bottom the rear windscreen wiper with its stylised wiper blade. At its base there is a handle enabling the rear windscreen to be unlocked and raised independently of the tailgate in order to open the latter completely or, alternatively, facilitate its closure. It incorporates a heating element, as well as one of the two radio aerials, the other being a short roof mounted aerial located on the back of the roof.

An "extraordinary" interior ambiance

Inside the 407 SW, the large glass roof provides the passenger compartment with light and a great feeling of space. Manufactured from tinted, laminated, 6mm glass, the panoramic glass roof allows 20% of the available light to pass through, offering unrivalled views of the outside, while limiting heat transmission to 12 %.

The panoramic roof can be completely or partially covered (nine positions), by means of an electric sliding blind consisting of four overlapping panels, which fold away discreetly at the rear of the roof. It is controlled by a rotary switch on the roof console and includes an auto safety reverse feature.

Versatility and space

Versatility is part of the personality of the 407 SW and is one of the main factors distinguishing it from the saloon.

The rear tailgate and its glass rear screen can be opened independently, depending on access requirements. Opening the rear screen only allows a garment to be delicately stored or gives access to the boot in a tight parking area or close to a wall. Opening the complete rear tailgate allows loading of heavy or bulky items, made easy by a low-level sill only 61 cms from the ground.

To open the rear screen only there is a "boot" button on the remote control, which unlocks it and releases it from its lock. It can also be opened by means of an electronic switch located at the base of the rear windscreen wiper.

An electronic switch concealed under the number plate mount, which releases the tailgate lock, opens the tailgate. It then simply needs lifting in conjunction with the hydraulic struts.

With the tailgate open, a generous space is revealed which is meticulously lined and fitted out with matching carpet in the central area. On the right-hand side there is a strap allowing those of a shorter stature to close it again more easily, as well as a lamp in the central panel.

continues... | Part Three

Published : 30/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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