Peugeot are to usher in the New Year with a new HDi diesel engine, uprated specification and tweaked exterior styling for the 2008 model year 807.

Peugeot are to usher in the New Year with a new HDi diesel engine, uprated specification and tweaked exterior styling for the 2008 model year 807. The news follows an update to Citroen's C8, an MPV also based off the platform-sharing PSA-Fiat alliance much like Fiat's Ulysse. The trio of models were first introduced back in 2002 and since then, the 807 has sold some 150,000 units.

Available in 'Executive' trim only, the new 170 hp 2.2-litre HDi drivetrain will be the core addition to the revised 807 range. Mated from launch to a six-speed manual transmission and later available too with a six-speed auto, the new twin turbo-charged HDi unit will move straight to top-of-the-range, offering the levels of performance and durability often found with higher-capacity engines, while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Not wanting to dabble with the 807's 'timeless' design, Peugeot have made only subtle styling revisions and 'refinements', with chrome touches being the choice highlight. Horizontal lower air intake grille slats are now chrome-finished, while previous black bumper cladding around the vehicle is now also chrome. A larger lion badge also features.

Inside, few elements are changed although a range of higher grade materials are now employed. New 'Mistral' Black panel plastics feature for a greater air of quality, while a 'Bise' Grey woven fabric and a lighter 'Matinal' colour can be specified for seats, fascia and door panels. Optional 'Mistral' black leather is tandomed with Alcantara trim for panels. Chrome also features on door handles, gear knob and details the fascia panel vents to continue the exterior's theme within.

Optional equipment is also on the up. Like many new cars in this sector, the new 807 is fitted optionally (and in some markets as standard) with an integrated multimedia system, allowing rear occupants to plug-in and enjoy games consoles, computers and cameras in the backseat via a fold-away widescreen monitor, DVD player, wireless headphones and remote control. For the driver, Bluetooth capability can be built-in, allowing the car's speakers to output a mobile phone conversation. A recently-introduced multi-media system with 30gb hard drive allows for the storage of European GPS map data as well as MP3 storage for up to 180 hours of music playback.

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