Peugeot is launching the 207 Economique which emits only 99g/km of CO2.
First shown at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Economique uses the latest technology to reduce its CO2 emissions, and also to achieve 74.3mpg.
The 207 Economique is powered by Peugeot’s 1.6 litre HDi diesel engine. The fuel consumption and emissions of the engine have been reduced by specially developed engine management software and the addition of an EGR heat exchanger to cool the re-injected exhaust gases.
It is also fitted with a specially modified five-speed manual gearbox with a higher final drive ratio than the standard 207 hatchback.
The aerodynamics have been improved; the Economique has a drag coefficient of only 0.274, compared to the standard 207 HDi 90 hatchback of 0.30. This has been achieved by lowering the ride height by 5mm, the fitment of a special flexible lower bumper trim and deeper side extensions, optimisation of the vehicle’s air intakes, addition of an under-tray covering either side of the exhaust system and the fuel tank, fitment of special aerodynamic wheel trims, and the introduction of a two-part rear spoiler with side extensions which wrap around the rear windscreen.
Michelin 15” 185/65R15 VLRR (very low rolling resistance) tyres are fitted with 15” steel wheels and “Aero” trims.
The car also comes with a Gear Shift Indicator which helps the driver to adopt a more economical driving style by indicating the optimal gear to be selected, so ensuring the lowest possible fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The best gear is determined according to vehicle speed, gear engaged, engine temperature, engine speed and driving style.
The Economique will go on sale in the UK in October and will be available in two trim levels, Economique and Economique +. The entry level Economique three-door model will start at £12,995. The Economique +, starting at £13,895, adds air-conditioning, electrically operated / heated door mirrors and a trip computer to the standard specification of the Economique version.
UPDATE: In June 2010 we got to road test the 1.6 HDi Peugeot 207 Economique version , scoring it 7/10 on the Green Car Guide scale praising the car for successfully combining sufficient performance with excellent economy.