Peugeot's 1007 is a spunky little urban car fitted with two remote-controlled electric sliding doors and interchangeable interior trim colours. And it’s coming to South Africa, possibly next year.

Peugeot's 1007 is a spunky little urban car fitted with two remote-controlled electric sliding doors and interchangeable interior trim colours. And it’s coming to South Africa, possibly next year.

The supermini is based on the Peugeot Sésame that was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show two years ago, and has electric sliding doors for use in the tightest parking spaces. When open, the doors require clearance roughly the equivalent to that of a door mirror and can be operated by a dashboard-mounted switch, the external door handle or remote control.

For its cabin, the 1007 has 12 different trim kits with replacement trims available for the seats, doors, side panels, etc. Available in a variety of colours, it should take about 15 minutes for the transformation to be completed. These changes can be done without any tools.

The rear seats fold flat, slide backwards, and forwards or can be completely removed. There are seven airbags, including one mounted in the steering column, and Isofix moorings for child seats. Compact, but with an overall height of 1,61 m, the car provides great all-round visibility.

It is offered with 1,4-litre petrol, 1,6-litre petrol and 1,4-litre HDi turbodiesel power units producing 56 kW, 82 kW and 52 kW respectively. Transmission is via a conventional five-speed manual or a semi-automatic "2-tronic" gearbox (for the petrol-engined versions) operated by paddles behind the steering wheel.


CARtoday.com recently reported that the double zero configuration, which Peugeot adopted for its supermini and other specialist models, upset the producers of the James Bond films eager to protect the Double O trademark of its character 007.


Thierry Poirat, managing director of Peugeot SA, recently told CARtoday.com that the 1007 (or whatever Peugeot decides to call it) would definitely be launched in South Africa in the not-too-distant future. The 1007 is scheduled to be launched in right-hand drive markets such as the United Kingdom in May next year and can be expected in South Africa around that time or soon after.