Wednesday 9 January 2008

New Car: 2008 Peugeot 807 facelift

New 807: Versatile and luxurious:

With an updated design, cutting edge equipment and a new engine option, these latest developments on the 807 will confirm its position as a versatile luxury vehicle.

Since its launch in April 2002, the 807 has sold over 150,000 vehicles, largely due its many design strengths which set it apart from its competitors in the large MPV sector, such as:
twin electric sliding rear side doors, granting even greater access, and which seem to have a magical attraction to young children;

an interior modularity that enables all sorts of configurations and can accommodate seven individual seats (or 8 seats when fitted with a rear bench seat), plenty of storage for luggage, an expertly styled and user-friendly fascia panel, significant load carrying capability, and a carefully-designed passenger compartment, perfect for an active lifestyle
Dynamic and engaging driving experience with excellent road holding and guaranteed on board comfort.

High-level safety features, through its strong and protective structure, its restraint devices (It was awarded five stars in the EuroNCAP adult vehicle occupant test) and through the extra safety of the Peugeot Emergency Service linked to the RT4 Multi-media system;

A wide range of modern engines, with the very latest engine technology;

An elegant, feline and dynamic style, immediately identifiable as a model of the Peugeot marque, a design which, for European 807 buyers remains one of the two main reasons behind their decision to purchase.

It provides all the necessary features to attract this type of vehicle’s natural customers through its design and also through the on board experience it provides. The 807 now, however, sees the introduction of new external styling, new high quality interior features, improved equipment levels and a new high performance HDi power train (2.2-litre HDi DPFS 125kW 170 bhp) combined with a manual six-speed gearbox or, shortly after launch with a new automatic six-speed gearbox.

With all these new additions, the 807 will strengthen its position as a versatile, luxurious and dynamic MPV, capable of meeting the needs of ever more demanding customers, whatever their lifestyles.


Exterior styling:

Still based on the same timeless exterior design, the designers, however, have now added an extra touch of modernism and refinement to this latest 807. A number of subtle styling touches have been introduced to the front of the vehicle, with slight changes made to the air intake grille which is now separated by horizontal chrome detailing, a larger lion badge and the addition of a chrome trim round the entire vehicle. This feature helps to emphasise the body protection mouldings, which are also painted in the same colour as the vehicle’s exterior. To reflect the new chrome features, the side door handles now also have a chrome finish.

At the rear, the Peugeot badge is now larger, with a larger chrome tailgate trim accommodating the new “PEUGEOT” lettering. Finally, there are also two new metallic paint finishes available, “Rhodes blue” and “Moondust” grey.

Interior style:

Internally, the trims, finishes and fittings have been updated to match customer expectations – benefiting from the use of higher quality materials.

With this in mind, the plastic materials making up the fascia panel and door fittings, etc are now specified in ‘Mistral’ Black. Similarly, a lot of pre-prepared parts are in softer colours. The door handles, the gear knob and the fascia panel vent edges have a chrome finish, which contributes to the luxurious opulence of the passenger compartment.

Regarding the trim on the seats, the fascia panel and the door panels, the entry-level model (available depending on the market) will be trimmed in a new ‘Bise’ Grey woven fabric. This trim colour is also used on level two models, but here it is combined with a velour woven fabric. Customers can also specify the option of a second, lighter trim called ‘Matinal’.

This new look can also be found in level three vehicles, but this time the seats are trimmed in Alcantara® and fabric. As an option ‘Mistral’ black leather is available for the seats, with the door panels and fascia panel trimmed in Alcantara®.

THE NEW 2.2- LITRE HDi DPFS ENGINE – DW12BTED4 and a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox:

A new 2.2-litre HDi DPFS 125 kW (170 bhp) diesel engine has been introduced to become the top-of-the-range HDi diesel model in the 807 range. It will further enhance the dynamic and luxurious appeal of this vehicle.

This engine, fitted with twin turbo-chargers, can be already found powering the Peugeot 407 and the 607, and due to its engine technology is one of the most advanced engines available. This HDi engine provides a level of performance and driveability which is more frequently found with larger capacity engines, while still providing low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.

The 807 HDi range now comprises of:

2.0-litre 16v HDi DPFS 88kW (120bhp), 300Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox,
2.0-litre 16v HDi DPFS 100kW (136bhp), 320-340Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox,
2.2-litre 16v HDi DPFS 125kW (170bhp), 370 Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox,
2.2-litre 16v HDi DPFS 125kW (170bhp), 400Nm, 6-speed automatic gearbox (available in the Spring of 2008).

The petrol range is made up of two models:

2.0-litre 16v 103kW (141bhp), 200Nm, 5-speed manual gearbox,
2.0-litre 16v 103kW (141bhp), 200Nm, 4-speed automatic gearbox.

This new 2.2-litre HDi DPFS engine is the result of the fourth phase of the co-operation between PSA Peugeot Citroën and the Ford Motor Company and completes the evolution of the HDi range successfully developed in partnership since signing the co-operation agreement in 1998.

The four cylinder 2179 cm3 engine has a sixteen-valve cylinder head with twin overhead camshafts. It has a maximum power of 125kW at 4000rpm and a generous maximum torque of 370Nm at 1500rpm for the manual gearbox and 400Nm at 1750rpm with the 6-speed ‘Porsche Tiptronic System’ automatic gearbox.

The torque and driveability at low engine speeds are particularly impressive, with the engine producing a torque of 200Nm at 1000rpm and 280Nm at 1250rpm. The operating range is also very wide, with high torque output available at all engine speeds (more than 350Nm at 3000rpm). A new type of combustion chamber, a third generation common rail diesel injection system, increased injection pressure of 1800 bar and the fitment of parallel sequential twin turbochargers are the main technological innovations of this engine. Ultimately, this engine brings greater driveability to the 807 combining improved dynamic performance, with a six-speed gearbox, be it manual or automatic.


Parallel sequential twin turbochargers:

The use of sequential twin parallel turbochargers is a world first on a four cylinder diesel car engine. The system (patented with Honeywell Turbo Technology) consists of two identical, small-diameter turbochargers.

At low engine speeds, a single turbocharger ensures engine responsiveness. This is then supported by a second turbocharger that starts up in parallel between 2600 and 3200rpm, depending on the power requirements and the atmospheric conditions. The system is controlled entirely by the engine management electronic control unit (ECU).

Furthermore, the low inertia of the two turbochargers, due to their compact size, significantly reduces the turbocharger response time. The use of this technology enhances driveability through the excellent torque availability across a wide engine speed range, this enables the driver to use lower engine speeds, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
ECCS combustion chamber (Extreme Conventional Combustion System)

The special design and large diameter of the combustion chamber enables the engine’s compression ratio (16.6:1) to be reduced, helping to reduce the quantity of incompletely burnt fuel by minimising the amount of fuel that is in direct contact with the cylinder bore walls. This effect is obtained as a result of a special piston design (manufactured from aluminium with a very high mechanical strength and thermal resistance) and geometry.

The geometry also makes it possible to significantly reduce SWIRL (air movement in the combustion chamber) and, therefore, limit thermal losses through the cylinder bore walls. These developments allow greater homogeneity of the air-fuel mixture, resulting in a significant improvement to the engine’s overall efficiency, as well as reducing combustion noise.

A third-generation common rail injection system with pressure increased to 1800 bar
The ECCS combustion system is combined with a new third-generation Bosch common rail injection system which has an increased injection pressure of 1800 bar (1350 for the first generation).

The higher injection pressure is controlled by new piezo-electric injectors in which each nozzle is equipped with seven apertures with a diameter of 135m. The use of these injectors allows the number of individual injections per cycle to be increased, potentially up to six times. This results in a more precise injection of fuel and, therefore, more complete and uniform combustion. Having greater control of the combustion and optimising the air/fuel mixture ensures emissions are reduced to a minimum at source.

The environment:

The new 2.2-litre HDi DPFS engine is a worthy standard bearer in terms of environmental protection, in a luxury MPV like the 807. First of all, the vehicle’s design and diesel engine benefit from excellent thermodynamics and the use of an HDi direct injection system increases this performance even further.

Due to the very high injection pressure of the common rail fuel injection system and the extremely precise spray of diesel fuel into the combustion chamber, the resulting combustion is more uniform and therefore both fuel consumption and emissions are reduced. Furthermore, the twin turbochargers and the exhaust gas recirculation system together play a key role in protecting the environment.

More specifically with the new 2.2-litre HDi DPFS engine’s new combustion chamber design and increased injection pressure of 1800 bar, the exhaust emissions have been reduced by around 30% compared to the 807’s original 2.2-litre HDi diesel engine.

All the above technology is combined with the latest-generation additive enhanced diesel particulate filter system (DPFS). This third generation, ‘octosquare’ type particulate filter has a service life of 180,000km on the 2.2 litre HDi. This increased service life is made possible by improvements to both the additive and to the design of the filter core.

The Eolys additive, the effectiveness of which enables a reduction in additive delivery, reduces the amount of residue left in the filter core. The filter support has a new structure, whose ‘octosquare’ shape and larger diameter inlet channels greatly increases the residue storage capacity.

Acoustics and vibrations:

The patented design of the double-wall cylinder block which is manufactured directly in the foundry, significantly improves the engine’s acoustic performance.

The fitment of two counter-rotating balancing shafts, the design of the engine mountings and the use of a dual mass flywheel also contribute to minimising engine generated vibrations.

A quick action butterfly valve in the intake system is actuated when the vehicle comes to a standstill to avoid any engine vibrations when the driver stops the engine.

Running Costs:

A large capacity two-section oil sump allows the oil change intervals to be increased to 30,000km. Similarly, the drive belt and the engine accessories are designed and dimensioned to be maintenance-free during the life of the vehicle.

6-speed ML6C manual gearbox:

The 807 2.2-litre HDi DPFS engine is paired with an ML6C-type six-speed manual gearbox whose gear lever is perfectly located in an elevated position.

6-speed AM6 automatic gearbox with ‘porsche tiptronic sequential control’
Responding to market requirements for greater user comfort, the unveiling of the AM6 six-speed automatic gearbox constitutes a real enhancement to the 807.

Topping the HDi DPFS range, this new engine and gearbox combination bring both improved dynamic performance and driveability to the 807. The use of a six speed gearbox provides both improved performance and acceleration due to a shorter first gear. It also improves acceleration thanks to the chosen gear ratios enabling the driver to optimise the available engine torque. The use of a ‘high’ sixth gear reduces fuel consumption and keeps noise levels low for improved motorway driving, without compromising vehicle acceleration, which instantly benefits when changing down one or more gears. Finally, this gearbox allows the engine to produce an even higher maximum torque figure of 400Nm at 1750rpm.

The gearbox has two driving modes: one automatic self-adaptive mode for a stress-free drive, which automatically adapts to the driver’s driving style and the other more active, thanks to the ’Porsche Tiptronic System’ sequential control.

Initially launched on the V6 petrol and HDi engines in the Peugeot 607, the AM6 automatic gearbox has been developed by the ‘Aisin AW’ Company, based on specifications set out by the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group.

The basic operating principle of the gearbox is the use of a combination of two epicyclic gear trains, one single and the other double, controlled by only five friction components (clutches or brakes). This principle reduces the gearbox size and weight compared to that of a four-speed automatic gearbox.

For improved safety, the gearbox has a ‘shift lock’ function that, while the engine is running, prevents the gear lever from being moved from the ‘Park (P)’ position without simultaneously pressing the foot brake. Similarly, a buzzer sounds when the driver opens their door after switching off the engine, if they have not put the gear lever in the Park (P) position.
Technical features:

The 2.2-litre HDi DPFS engine gives the 807 excellent responsiveness, flexibility at low engine speeds and great driveability. Its performance bears witness to this. With the driver only, it takes 31.4 seconds to cover 1000 metres from a standing start (32.1 with the automatic gearbox in Drive position). In gear acceleration between 80 and 120 kph takes just 9.6 seconds in 5th gear (7.7 seconds with the AM6 automatic gearbox). The maximum speed of 200 kph is reached in top gear (197 kph for the automatic gearbox).

The technology used for this engine and its effect on the engine torque output at low engine speeds, reduces fuel consumption and also reduces CO2 emissions (7.2-litres/100 km in the combined cycle, or 191g/km and 8.2-litres/100 km and 218g/km with the AM6 automatic gearbox). This low fuel consumption, combined with an 80-litre fuel tank, gives the 807 an excellent range.

Wheels and suspension:

The choice of wheels and suspension are perfectly suited to the dynamic performance characteristics of this new engine fitted to the 807.

The 807 uses McPherson-type front suspension and a torsion beam rear suspension, both guaranteeing excellent road holding and steering accuracy. The 807 2.2-litre HDi is also fitted with rear dampers and an anti-roll bar specific to this model, while at the front the rear lower wishbone bushes have been upgraded to improve their rigidity. These changes ensure the best possible compromise between road holding, comfort, active safety and driving pleasure.

With this engine, the 807 is exclusively fitted with 16» aluminium alloy wheels with 215/60 R 16 H tyres, combined with tyre under-inflation sensors.

Of a size to match the dynamic requirements of the vehicle, the braking system uses 310 x 32mm ventilated discs at the front, with double piston calipers. This provides the 807 with powerful, controllable and durable braking. Antilock brakes, wheel by wheel electronic brake force distribution (EBFD) and emergency brake assist (EBA) complete the system.

As with all 807s, the latest Bosch ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) system with specially developed software corrects any incipient ‘understeer’ or ‘oversteer’.


Stylish and natural, the developments in the new 807 also relate to the onboard equipment, with technology working for the driver and also for passengers, in relation to both safety and comfort. The new 807 can also be fitted with a hands-free Bluetooth™ kit, front parking assistance and a rear multimedia system, consisting of a 16/9 screen and a DVD reader.

A perfectly integrated rear multimedia system:

For the wellbeing of all rear passengers and the driver, a fold-away, adjustable 16/9 screen and DVD player are fitted in the central roof area of the vehicle. For the individual comfort of each occupant, two wireless headsets and a remote control are provided with the system. Using an audio/video jack, teenagers and young children with a keen interest in digital technology will be able to plug in games consoles, video players, computers, camcorders, cameras, etc. This system is optional but is even fitted as standard on higher spec models in some countries.

Bluetooth hands-free kit™:

Communicating with the car radio, this system allows the car to ‘recognise’ a Bluetooth™ mobile phone present in the car, take over its main functions, and transfer them to the car. The driver can then use their mobile telephone handsfree, and hear the telephone conversation through the car’s loudspeakers.

Front parking assistance:

Front parking assistance, normally provided as standard in higher spec models in some countries, is now combined with rear parking assistance.

This is a great help when parking and provides greater safety for pedestrians. It uses the loudspeaker closest to the obstacle, to communicate via a variable audible tone, which varies in frequency, the distance of a nearby obstacle. Furthermore, a visual representation of the remaining distance is also provided on the multifunction screen.

This system, made up of four ultrasound sensors at the front and another four at the rear, is activated when reverse gear is selected or at speeds of less than 10kph, after the car has stopped for over three seconds.

It is also worth noting that within the past few months, the 807 has also seen the introduction of the new RT4 Multi-media system. Linked to a colour 3D screen and grouping together audio, GSM, GPS and Peugeot Emergency services, it includes a 30GB hard disk enabling it to host maps covering the whole of Europe and to save up to 180 hours of music in MP3 format.

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