Peugeot will unveil its 407 Coupe Concept at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, known as the 407 Coupe Prologue.

Clearly the concept is close to production ready, with the final version set to hit showrooms in early 2006.

From a range of proposals, an ‘in-house’ design by the Peugeot Style Centre was chosen, a design that gives the car a powerful, refined and elegant look.

The front of the vehicle consists of a two-piece air intake featuring a chrome-plated grille. The main lights are wide and generously dimensioned, featuring directional headlamps, while additional fog lamps and three side “vents” add purposeful expression to the front of the vehicle.

At the rear, the car features a spoiler integrated into the boot lid that tapers smoothly into each wing while recessed dual chrome-plated exhaust pipes add to the car’s sporting character. Sitting on 19″ alloy wheels, the Coupe is a striking and worthy successor to its much admired predecessor, the 406 Coupe.

The stylised interior incorporates high quality materials in keeping with the forthcoming production vehicle. This concept car features aluminium with red leather on the fascia panel and, for the seat cushions, finely perforated leather. The centre console has a black lacquer finish. The five-dial instrument panel is reminiscent of the refined world of watch making, with its “chronograph” graduations and “concentric” graphic style.

The 407 Coupe Prologue is powered by a V6 HDi diesel engine featuring a maintenance-free particle emission filter (FAP). It develops a maximum power of just over 200 bhp, with maximum torque of 325 lb/ft.  It is combined with a 6-speed automatic gearbox with a ‘Tiptronic’ sequential control system.

The suspension is directly derived from the standard 407 range with front double wishbones and drop link, and at the rear the latest-generation multi-arm system.

Standard equipment includes directional xenon main headlamps, front and rear parking assistance, laminated side windows and RT3 telematics with a 7-inch, 16/9 colour display.