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Peugeot 407 goes all-diesel

Strip tease: Peugeot’s facelifted 407 shows off its revised tail-lights and chrome rubbing strip.

Petrol engines get the boot as facelifted model heads for Australia

12 May 2009

PEUGEOT will go all-diesel with its mid-size 407 range in Australia from the end of June with the introduction of a lightly revised model.

With 407 sales having dropped 54.4 per cent from 1318 units to only 601 last year (and down a further 41.5 per cent this year), Peugeot Australia will be hoping for a reversal of fortunes, but has yet to announce what it will do about pricing.

The company has simplified the model range by dropping the current 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines while retaining the turbo-diesel options – a 2.0-litre developing 104kW of power (up 4kW) and 320Nm of torque, and a twin-turbo 2.7-litre V6 producing 150kW and 440Nm.

Australia will not get the revised 1.6-litre unit available in Europe, where it is sold as a special low-emission model with low-rolling-resistance tyres.

Changes to the facelifted 407 include revised tail-lights and centre console, and a thin chrome rubbing strip that runs from the front to the rear of the car.

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