Peugeot has revealed its plans for the mammoth 3000 square metres of space it has booked at next month’s Frankfurt motor show. Stars of the show look likely to be the full unveiling of the new 407 Coupé, which goes on sale in January 2006, and the intriguing new 20Cup concept model.
The three-wheeled 20Cup roadster is an odd-looking beast, but significant because its front end marks the first official preview of the new 207 hatchback’s face. The enormous, gaping air-intake punctuated by a distinctive pair of driving lights show off the pedestrian-friendly front-end that will feature on the new 207, due for launch next year. The 170bhp 20Cup itself also represents Peugeot’s commitment to motor sport, and a more conventional variant of the 20Cup is expected to form the basis for the French manufacturer’s developing race circuit programme.
The new range-topping 407 Coupe will also receive its world premiere at Frankfurt. Tipped to start at around £21,000, the new coupe will be available from January 2006. Initially, the 407 Coupe will be available with a choice of three engines: 160bhp 2.2-litre 16-valve and 211bhp 3.0-litre V6 24-valve petrols, and a 205bhp 2.7-litre V6 24-valve HDi diesel. Depending on the model, each will be mated to either a manual or automatic six-speed gearbox. Also fitted as standard is a comprehensive range of safety features, including ABS, ESP, EBFD (Electronic Brake Force Distributor), EBA (Emergency Brake Assist), seven airbags and active front head restraints.