Underneath, the 207 CC will use the same platform as the Citroen C3 Pluriel and share a similar suspension set-up. The CC will have a choice of the 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines found in both the Citroen and current 206. Diesel power will come from a high-performance 2.0-litre HDi unit offering at least 130bhp.
Hatchback versions of the 207 CC will be built at Ryton, Coventry, where the 206 is currently made, while all other variants - including the CC - will be made in France. The car will debut at the Paris Motor Show in 2004, and be on sale in Britain the following spring
The Peugeot 207 hatchback goes into production imminently for a launch in early 2006; its coupe-cabriolet counterpart is following behind and will be ready to go on sale in time for summer 2007.
Like the hatch, the 207 CC is a little larger than the 206 it will replace, and it will share some of its underpinnings with the Citroen C3.
With its metal folding roof, it should be a much more solid drive and have a more refined feel than the scuttle-shake-prone C3 Pluriel, however.
The 207 CC will come with a small selection of the more powerful engines in the 207 range: expect the 110bhp 1.6-litre HDI diesel, as well as 2.0-litre petrol models, including a version developing 190bhp-plus. Further down the line, there’s talk of a Ford Puma-style mini-coupe with a fixed hard-top, which could be the sportiest Peugeot of them all.