Peugeot hopes to revolutionise city motoring with its new 1007, the first city car with easy-access sliding doors. The electric doors should make getting out of the 1007 easy in tight parking bays, and they will be standard when UK sales start next May. Prices are tipped to range from £10,500 to £11,500.
Borrowing the mechanism from the 807 MPV, the doors take about four seconds to open or shut and are activated by the remote key fob, door handles or internal switches.
At 3.73m long and 1.68m wide, the 1007 has a similar footprint to smaller superminis, but boosts interior space with a lofty 1.8m roofline. Under the skin is a variation of the Citroën C2 platform, and 60 per cent of parts, including engines and suspension, are shared with the C2.
The PSA group hardware is clothed in Pininfarina metalwork, but the new 407-style family look is present with the gaping, low-set grille and edge-of-the-wings headlights.Dominating the side profile are huge and rather ugly door handles – a solution to the packaging problem of fitting window-winder mechanisms and side-impact bracing into such a slim door. With no room to hide the handle, it had to be placed on the exterior skin and surrounded by a guard to protect pedestrians.