The 107 will become Peugeot’s entry level car in the small car B segment and will be launched in the summer.
Peugeot’s new small car has been developed and built as part of a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota Motor Corporation. The 107 will be manufactured at the Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobiles (TPCA) plant in Kolin, Czech Republic, alongside its two “sister cars”, Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles, 100,000 units each for Peugeot and Citroen and 100,000 for Toyota.
The Peugeot 107 has been designed and engineered on the same platform as its sister cars. The brief for the Peugeot Design Centre was to create a compact car, with an assertive character, versatile in use, and above all totally at ease in an urban environment.
The exterior appearance radiates the feline character specific to the Peugeot marque, with large almond-shaped headlamps, a wide ‘mouth’, and a large, inclined front windscreen. At the rear, rounded, vertical lights frame an all-glass tailgate. The lower front panel, features body-colour paintwork on all versions.
The 107 will be available with a choice of 8 exterior colours – five metallic and three solid colours. All of these colours have been specially created to reflect the individual character of the car.
The 107 range will be available in either 3 or 5-door silhouettes, with a single level of trim and two power trains.
Standard specification includes front airbags, side airbags, ABS, power steering, adjustable steering wheel, rear wash wipe, adjustable rear-view mirrors, electric windows, remote-controlled door locking, a full-size spare wheel, and body-colour bumpers with black protective capping, body coloured door mirrors and door handles and a 50/50 split rear bench seat with rear head restraints and side protection.
The overall length of the Peugeot 107 is just 3.43 m – some 25 cm shorter than the 106 making it one of the most compact 4-seater saloons on the market. Its width of 1.63 m easily accommodates its occupants, while at the same time allowing the driver to wind in and out of traffic. The height of 1.465 m contributes to the overall stylistic balance, whilst ensuring excellent headroom.
A wheelbase of 2.34 m means that the driving position offers good all-round visibility which is enhanced by the minimum overhang, helped by the placement of the wheels at all four corners. Rear-view vision is good too, thanks to a generous rear screen, with a rear windscreen wiper as standard.
With generous interior space and a lightweight construction, (the 3-door petrol version has a kerb weight of just 790 kg), the 107 copes easily with the quick changing pace of urban life and yet has enough zest to venture outside of the confines of the city.
The suspension design and geometry was chosen to ensure dynamic and safe road holding, making it easy to control on both wet and dry surfaces. It comprises: a MacPherson type front wishbone with anti-roll bar, a rear axle with a deformable cross-member, 14″ wheels with 155/65R14 tyres, ventilated front disc brakes with a diameter of 247 mm and a thickness of 22 mm, rear drum brakes with a diameter of 200 mm, and electric power steering. All 107s are equipped as standard with Bosch ABS incorporating EBFD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) and a CSC (Cornering Stability Control) system. The latter improves stability during braking in bends, outside the normal ABS regulation. An Electronic Stability Program (ESP) will also be available as an option shortly after launch.
To ensure the optimum safety of its passengers, the 107 relies on its structure for high speed impact protection. Additionally, it comes with supplementary devices for “close-up protection”, helping to reduce the effects of impact to a minimum: a steering column that retracts over a distance of 73 mm, thereby reducing the risk of intrusion, padding in the lower part of the bulkhead, front airbags with a capacity of 60 litres for the driver and 90 litres for the passenger, the latter with a de-activation switch allowing installation of a rear-facing child seat, front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters (450 daN), front seats with anti-submarining seat cushions, front door padding for optimal absorption of side energy, side airbags with a capacity of 9 litres intended to protect the chest of occupants, curtain airbags with a capacity of 24 litres intended to protect the heads of front and rear passengers are available as an option.
Each passenger seat can accommodate a child seat, while the 50/50 split rear bench seat is equipped on both sides with ISOFIX fixtures incorporating three anchorage points for the installation of an ISOFIX child seat.
This overall design places the 107 in the best possible position to satisfy Euro NCAP criteria for the protection of occupants.
Finally, in the design of the front of the vehicle and the layout of the different mechanical components of the 107, careful attention has been paid to the consequences of a collision with a pedestrian. Thanks to a special impact beam in front of the bumper and a bonnet that creates the maximum possible distance between it and mechanical components underneath, pedestrian protection is maximised.
The Peugeot 107 will be available in the UK in the Summer of 2005.