Friday, November 25, 2016

2017 Peugeot 301 Official Test Drive

The new Peugeot 301 is the first car the brand has developed exclusively for countries looking for a status-enhancing three-box saloon, i.e. sedan. It is specifically tailored to its destinations, thereby meeting customers' expectations and falling in line with their usual driving experiences.

The bodywork of this sedan is elegantly sculpted by the brand's latest stylistic codes. The brand's name graces the top strip of the vertical grille, with the lion appearing in its centre. The three-material headlights are mounted flush with the bodywork, while the rear lights feature the opaline three-claw design.

Drivers and their four passengers sit inside a comfortable, high-quality passenger compartment. The 640-litre boot is one of the largest in the segment. With a volume of 506 dm3 (VDA 210), the boot can be extended in an instant thanks to the 1/3-2/3 rear folding seat backs, increasing the volume to 1332 dm3 (VDA 214).

The Peugeot 301 marks a departure in the segment with its exclusive equipment and services, including a large 7" touch screen, Mirror Screen triple play connectivity (MirrorLink®, Android Auto®, Apple CarplayTM), 3D TomTom navigation system and a reversing camera.

There is a full range of top level safety equipment including ABS, ESP, emergency brake assist (EBA) and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Occupants are protected by front and side airbags and restrained by three-point seat belts in the rear. For children, the rear seats are fitted with IsoFix attachments.

The design of the new Peugeot 301 is governed by state-of-the-art features and this also applies to the engines. The brand's new compact sedan is fitted with new-generation engines. The following engines may be fitted, depending on the country:

1.2L PureTech 82, 5-speed manual gearbox
1.6L VTi 115, 5-speed manual gearbox
1.6L VTi 115, 6-speed EAT6 automatic gearbox
1.6L BlueHDi 100, 5-speed manual gearbox
1.6L HDi 92, 5-speed manual gearbox

The entire range, from the Peugeot 108 to the new Peugeot 3008 and Peugeot 5008 SUVs, is fitted with the family of PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines. This family of engines has already been installed in over a million Peugeot vehicles worldwide and its turbo-compressor version was crowned Engine of the Year for two years in a row in 2015 and 2016.

Designed entirely by the PSA Group, the 1.2L PureTech 82 engine combines driving pleasure and reduced fuel consumption thanks to its specific 50 kW/l power. Compared with a 4-cylinder engine of equivalent power, the saving in weight is 21kg, while fuel consumption is reduced by 25%.

It really is a powerful combination of technology which conforms to the Euro 6 standards. Here, friction loss, roughly 1/5th of the power consumed by an engine, is reduced by 30%. To bring this about, a Diamond Like Carbon coating is applied to the piston pin, piston rings and tappets. The wet timing belt is incorporated in a crank