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First look: Peugeot 207 flips its lid

Pure design: The all-white Epure is almost production ready.

Peugeot makes it crystal clear: the 207 Epure concept heralds its future 207CC

13 Sep 2006

PEUGEOT’S redesigned 207 hatch has not even been released in Europe yet but that has not stopped Peugeot previewing the all-new coupe-convertible version ahead of its debut in concept guise at this month’s Paris motor show.

Dubbed 207 Epure, the 207 CC concept is déjà vu for those at the 1998 Geneva motor show who witnessed the reveal of the 20 concept, which formed the basis of the 206CC production car that was launched in Europe in early 2001.

Similarly, Peugeot freely admits the 207 Epure is "a glimpse of a future 207 model" – even before a successor for the three- and five-door 206 goes on sale.

That will happen in Europe this month, with 207 two-door, five-door and GTi hatch sales due to start in Australia early next year.

23 center imageWhen the 207CC becomes a production reality some time next year, it is expected to follow in the footsteps of its popular predecessor by offering a folding metal roof. Key dimensions include a length of 4037mm, width of 1749mm and a height of 1387mm – making it slightly longer, wider and lower than the 207 hatch, with which it shares its 2540mm wheelbase. Epure’s kerb weight is listed as 1550kg.

The 207CC is expected to go on sale here at the end of next year, possibly previewed at the 2007 Sydney motor show.

However, the 207 Epure’s cutting-edge drivetain makes Peugeot’s latest concept more than just a preview of the 207 CC.

Epure is powered by a combination of an electric motor and an experimental 20kW fuel cell co-developed by the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group and the French Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), known as "Genepac 20".

According to Peugeot, electricity produced by the fuel cell is used to provide extra power and operating range to the vehicle’s electric motor or its lithium-ion battery. The company says it’s good a top speed of 130km/h, 0-100km/h acceleration in 15 seconds and a range of around 350km.

Painted white and trimmed in white leather to represent "the purity of the concept car’s lines while strengthening the ecological credentials of the technology that powers it", 207 Epure aims to combine zero emissions and silent operation with open-top driving pleasure.

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