2009 Peugeot 107 Facelift unveiled

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The Peugeot 107 has preserved all of its dazzling appeal, both in its three- and five-door models, and persists in expressing its being and . Even so it has changed stylistically with a new front-end style that reveals a sharper and fuller character. Like the 2009 Citroen C1, the new profile of the lower front panel has more substance and toughness. It relocated the number plate in the lower portion, like other Peugeot range versions, and features a modification of the contours of an air intake now highlighting a cross-link grille.

This lowered front panel integrates side vents complete with grille and an attractive two-part insert, which can accommodate the fog lights that are offered as an option. An original and highly modern modification exudes from this design with a wide chrome insert that highlights the fresh bumper capping. The featured profile of the 107 profits from the new lower front panel and the new 14 inch Cordouan wheel trims designed with a seven-spoke configuration, strengthening the distinctive vitality of the vehicle.

At the rear, the style of the 107 proceeds to exhibit an eye-catching aspect with its dark glass tailgate/rear windscreen dividing the angled contours of the rear lights. To reinforce its modern qualifications, the 107 shields itself with a wraparound rear bumper and black capping. The passenger cabin is built to highlight the exterior color with either contrasting or matching trims that add prominence or an imaginative touch.

Simple yet functional, the interior of the 107 is also overflowing with originality the seats highlight essential head restraints, a unique orange back-lit translucent panel for the heating/ventilation or air conditioning system, blending graphics with a modern feel, a single instrument panel from which a rev counter is located above. Interior trims have improved in line with transformations of style and body colors. A new trim, followed by a silver grey bead on the seat surrounds, is presented on the Trendy level.

This is available in two variants which, integrated with the body colors, produce very different characteristics: black background with silver-grey flecks and black background with orange-red flecks. The fundamental Urban level preserves its mainly grey Nokimate mesh trim but also provides highlights connected to the brilliant new body colors. Advance to the Alcantara/leather trim (offered as an option or limited edition depending on the market).

This improves the feature of the seats and is currently followed by new features: the Alcantara is now available in black, the visible stitching that goes with this trim is given a fresh silver-grey color, the housing of the side air bag is now black, blending smoothly with the trim with matching color, interior decors become silver grey including the surrounds of instrument panel and rev counter, side air vents and door handles.

Along with these stylistic modifications, models with the Alcantara/leather trim profit from a black leather steering wheel and a leather gear lever knob. This design is another feature likely to be popular among customers, complementing the new front design aspect and its broader use of chrome adornment. With an overall length of 3.43m, its smallness is a real driving benefit and, with electric power steering, manual or electronically-controlled manual transmissions and a turning circle diameter reduced to 9.46m, it has superb handling, which the 107 uses for the convenience and pleasure of its driver, making parking a seamless experience.

If you are caught in a traffic jam, it can turn on very tight spots, or if you decide to wait, it will make the waiting fun with its optional air conditioning or mono CD audio system with auxiliary MP3 connectivity. The 107 do extremely well in terms of running costs, of environment-friendliness, both in its petrol and HDi diesel variants and pushes these benefits even further.

With further reduction of fuel consumption and more detailed attention given to eco-friendliness, the 107 underscores the economy of its engines and the economy of its greenhouse gas emissions, on both the three cylinder petrol engine and the HDi diesel engine. This environmental performance adds to Peugeot's outstanding result in terms of greenhouse gas emissions: indeed Peugeot was the segment-leading European producer of cars emitting less than 120 g of CO2/km in 2007.

Enhanced riding comfort, sound insulation of the passenger cabin has been modified to enhance noise insulation and reduce tremor: the putting in of additional soundproofing materials to the rear cabin panels on three-door versions and the new design of the rear parcel shelf help to minimize noise entering the rear of the car, new soundproofing bonded to the structure of the front floor and a new damper pulley that drives engine accessories to enhance the acoustics and vibration levels at certain frequencies of petrol engine operation. Short and able to accommodate a maximum of four people, the 107 provides a boot volume of 200 dm3 VDA to the height of the seat backs and 139 dm3 under the tilting rear parcel shelf (due to the parcel shelf's low position).

An extra volume of 751 dm3 and a usable length of 1093 mm is provided by the folding rear seats. The 107 is as encouraging as ever. Awarded a total of 4 EuroNCAP stars in the adult protection test category and 3 stars in the child protection test category because of its design, safety equipment (up to six air bags can be accommodated) and quickly mastered road holding capabilities, the 107 guarantees peace of mind for its passengers. An excellent urban car, EuroNCAP also awarded it 2 stars for pedestrian protection. To recap, the 2009 107 version confirms and builds on present benefits.

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