Recently Peugeot released a facelift of the Peugeot 301 sedan, which the automaker hopes to use to conquer the sedan market in emerging economies. Although, Peugeot is not planning to sell the 2017 Peugeot 301 worldwide, the automaker hopes the model will be one of its best sellers. It is purposefully built for countries with left-hand drive. The Peugeot is designed to overcome a range of conditions such as poor roads and different types of climates. Since its debut in 2012, the model has already sold over 360,000 units, which shows its huge potential. Read along for more information:
2017 Peugeot 301 Exterior
Being only a facelift, the Peugeot 301 features minor changes on its exterior profile. Most of these changes are on the front fascia. The model features a new radiator grille. The grille is flanked by LED headlights and LED DRLs. Further up is a sculpted hood. The automaker’s log has been transferred from the bonnet to the assembly. The front bumper has also been revised.
At the rear, the Peugeot is largely unchanged. The only major changes here are addition of new taillight graphics that give the model a fresh stance. The flanks are unchanged compared to the outgoing model. The 301 is available in three new colors which are Moka Grey, Deep Blue and Artense Grey.
2017 Peugeot 301 Interior
Despite being an economical model, the Peugeot 301’s cabin is well equipped. The automaker has added a list of awesome equipment as standard. You will be surprised to learn that the sedan features Bluetooth connectivity, air-conditioning, music streaming via USB, parking sensors as well as a remote trunk opening.
The model also offers plenty of legroom for back seat passengers courtesy of its 2.65 M long wheelbase. The automaker, in fact, argues that it has the class-leading rear-seating space in the segment. The model also offers a cargo space of 508 liters, which is commendable for a car its size.
The 2017 Peugeot 301 also features a 7.0-inch capacitive touch-screen infotainment system. This system features a reverse camera, 3D TomTom satellite navigation and Mirror Screen triple play connectivity system.
There is an option for either a light fabric or dark fabric cabin trim.
Peugeot has also taken care of the safety department where the model features anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and emergency braking assist. It is, however, disappointing to learn the model will have only four airbags as opposed to the regular six for a car its size.
Engine specs and performance
The Peugeot 301 2017 will have 4 engine options comprised of two petrol mills and two diesel engines. The first petrol mill is a 1.2 L, Pure Tech, which is capable of producing 82 hp at 5750 rpm and 87 lb-ft of torque from 2750 rpm. This mill is paired with only a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The second petrol mill is a 1.6 L, VTi good for 115 hp at 6050 rpm and 110 lb-ft of torque from 4000 rpm. This engine is paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed EAT 6 automatic gearbox.
Moving over to diesel power-plants, the base engine is a 1.6 L, HDi mill good for 92 horses while the second engine is a 1.6 L, BlueHDi mill which pumps out 100 hp. The diesel mills are paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox with no option for an automatic system.
Price and release date
According to the automaker, the model will be manufactured at Peugeot’s factory in Vigo, Spain. Sales of the model commenced on 1st of this month (November). As earlier mentioned, the Peugeot 301 is meant for emerging markets in the Middle East, North Africa, South America as well as China. Depending on the trim chosen, one will spend between $15,000 and $20,000 to put his/her hands on the wheels of the 2017 Peugeot 301.
Although the model is not meant for mainstream markets such as the U.S.A. and UK, consumer pressure in these markets may force Peugeot to rethink its decision to add a right-hand-drive version.