Peugeot Unveils Something For Everyone At The British International Motor Show

Peugeot 607 Pescarolo Concept Car
With competition rife to be the ‘star’ car at this year’s British International Motor Show, Peugeot will be showing an enviable line-up of new products, including the new 206 GTi 180, and six concept cars.

With Peugeot securing the World Rally Championship double in Rally New Zealand earlier this month – with Marcus Grönholm winning the drivers’ title, and Harri Rovanperä’s second place securing the manufacturers’ championship – what better way to celebrate than with the launch of the new 206 GTi 180?

Peugeot will announce its price and UK specification on Press Day.

This latest ‘pocket rocket’ builds on the success of the 206 GTi (138 bhp), and has a 2.0 litre petrol engine which produces, as its name suggests, 180 bhp at 7,000 rpm, with a 0-62.5 mph acceleration time of 7.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 136.6 mph.

Key styling elements include: colour coded bodywork, 17" alloy wheels, rear spoiler, and a twin chrome exhaust. Inside, racing style sports seats hug the driver and passengers. The instrument panel has white figures on black dials with chrome surrounds, and the interior is further enhanced by an aluminium gear knob and drilled pedals.

The 206 GTi 180 is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in spring 2003.

Also on display will be a range of 206 models including the 206 Coupé Cabriolet, and recently launched 206 SW, which is now available with a 2.0 petrol engine or 1.4 HDi turbo diesel engine.


The Peugeot 807 multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) goes on sale in the UK in January 2003. Designed as the next generation MPV, the 807’s main benefits are its safety, practicality and equipment levels which all make it one of the best equipped cars available. Particularly innovative are its electric sliding doors for easy access, foldable seven-seat layout and curtain safety airbags protecting occupants in all three rows, a world first for an MPV. UK prices and specification will be announced at the Show.

New Partner

The new Peugeot Partner has been completely restyled and goes on sale in the UK at the end of the year, in either van or a passenger carrying Combi format.

To reflect the needs of today’s users, the new Partner has a redesigned front end, featuring new and larger headlamps, and new front wings with wider contours around the wheel arches. A new lower front bumper and grille complete the look.

Inside, the fascia panel has been revamped to provide increased storage space, as well as housing the telematics functions, which are all located within a curved central panel to give the vehicle a more modern feel.

Three models of Partner van will be available in the UK: the L 1.9 diesel, LX 1.9 diesel and the LX 2.0 HDi 90. Three versions of the Partner Combi are going on sale: the 1.4 petrol and Escapade 1.6 petrol and Escapade 2.0 HDi 90.

Concept Cars

3?7 CC

With the 307 hatchback as International Car of the Year 2002, Peugeot will be unveiling its latest addition to the family – the new 3?7 CC concept. The 3?7 CC offers a genuine coupé and cabriolet, with seating for four adults.

The 3?7 CC retains the same wheelbase as the 307 hatchback to provide a generous level of accommodation, and features distinctive exterior and interior styling. Like the 206 CC, the 3?7 CC has an electrically powered folding steel roof which takes just seconds to operate and automatically stores itself in the boot.

Equipped with 18" alloy wheels, the 3?7 CC is powered by a 2.0 litre 16-valve four cylinder engine, developing 180 bhp.


The Sésame is a small ‘B’ segment urban concept car which offers passengers both practical and pleasurable driving.

Its main features are the two electric sliding side doors – a world first on a vehicle of this type – which give the vehicle a degree of practicality unrivalled in its segment as it ensures easy access in tight parking spaces to all four seats. The Sésame incorporates a vast glazed surface area due to its large windscreen and heat reflecting athermic glass roof, creating a light and airy feel to the interior.

With 17" alloy wheels and short front bonnet, the Sésame retains the same feline front end of the 206 and 307.


The Peugeot H2O is, as its name suggests, a concept vehicle based on a water theme. Using a fuel cell to operate, the H2O is an environmentally friendly fire engine, with the only by-product of the fuel cell being water.

The fuel cell works by hydrogen and oxygen coming into contact and causing a chemical reaction which triggers a displacement of electrons; this simultaneously produces water, heat and electricity which then drives the vehicle.

Based on Peugeot’s Taxi PAC concept car unveiled in June 2001, and subsequently shown at Frankfurt, this new concept differs in that it can generate fuel in real time, at the request of the cell. If fighting a fire in a smoke-filled environment where there is no oxygen, the oxygen requirement for operating the fuel cell is drawn from an on-board tank. Breathing apparatus is also on-board to safeguard occupants.

607 Pescarolo Concept

Complementing the three 607 saloons which will be on display is the 607 Pescarolo concept, designed to reflect a sporty image for this executive saloon. Key differences are the increase in surface area of the air inlet on the front skirt allowing the engine to breathe more efficiently, the wings which extend by 25 mm, and the body lowered by 25 mm to give the car greater road-holding ability. Together with 19" alloy wheels and separate twin exhaust pipes, the Pescarolo is an impressive sight.

Inside it has a leather interior with contrasting stitching to match the sporting style of the saloon. This 607 could be adapted to take the V6 engine as used in the C60 Pescarolo Sport at the 24 hour Le Mans race, and would provide a maximum power output of over 400 bhp.

RC Spades and RC Diamonds

The two widely acclaimed 2 + 2 sporting Coupés, RC Spades and RC Diamonds were first shown at Geneva in March this year. These two concepts are identical in terms of interior and exterior styling set apart only by their colour – one being red, the other black – and their engines – one petrol, one diesel.

The RC Spades is powered by the 2.0 litre petrol engine, which features in the 206 GTi 180, while the RC Diamonds is powered by the 2.2 litre diesel HDi FAP engine found in the 607, 406 and Coupé, upgraded in this instance to produce 175 bhp, but still maintaining good fuel consumption and very low CO2 emissions.

Design Competition

Following on from the success of the Design Competition in 2000, Peugeot will be inviting visitors to the stand and Internet users around the world to design a stylish retro-futuristic Peugeot vehicle. A full-scale model of the winning project will be built. The winning entry in 2000 was the Moonster project designed by a young Yugoslav design student, Marko Lukovic.

Published : 14/10/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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