|Production||2001–2008 2004–2011 (Argentina)|
|Assembly||Sochaux, France Villa Bosch, Argentina Wuhan, Hubei, China El Palomar, Argentina|
|Class||Small family car|
|Body style||3 and 5-door hatchback 2-door coupé cabriolet 5-door estate 4-door saloon|
|Engine||1.4 L ET3 I4 1.6 L TU5 I4 1.6 L DV6 HDi diesel I4 2.0 L EW10 I4 2.0 L DW10 HDi diesel I4|
|Wheelbase||Hatchback / coupé cabriolet: 2,610 mm (102.8 in) Station wagon / sedan: 2,710 mm (106.7 in)|
|Length||Hatchback: 4,210 mm (165.7 in) Coupé cabriolet: 4,350 mm (171.3 in) Station wagon: 4,420 mm (174.0 in) Sedan: 4,470 mm (176.0 in)|
|Width||1,730 mm (68.1 in)|
|Height||1,510 mm (59.4 in) Coupé cabriolet: 1,420 mm (55.9 in)|
|Related||Citroën C4 Citroën C4 Picasso Peugeot 3008|
The Peugeot 307 is a small family car produced by the French manufacturer Peugeot since 2001. It was awarded the European Car of the Year title for 2002, and continues to be offered in China and certain South American markets through 2011 despite the French launch of the 308 (its intended successor) in September 2007.
The 307 was presented as the 307 Prométhée prototype at the 2000 Mondial de l'Automobile. The production hatchback versions were introduced to the European markets in 2001 as a successor to the Peugeot 306. The 307 was also sold in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and (in 1.6 and 2.0 petrol versions) Mexico. In Brazil the 307 is sold with 1.6 and 2.0 flex (gas/ethanol) engines.
Design and engineering
The 307s makes use of a reworked 306 platform, that can also be found on the Citroën Xsara as well as the 1991 Citroën ZX. However, the car is larger than the 306 in every direction.
The 307 continued the company's styling first seen on the Peugeot 206 and Peugeot 607. With upswept front lights and a steeply rising bonnet leading to a highly sloped windscreen (and the upright rear doors first seen on the 206), the 307 departed from the Pininfarina-designed themes employed on the previous two generations of Peugeots, as introduced with the Peugeot 205, and ending with the (evolutionary) Peugeot 406.
Its height is 1,510 mm (59.4 in), which is in the middle of the spectrum between small family cars (between 1400 and 1450 mm) and compact MPVs (between 1600 and 1650 mm). Some consider the 307 as a low compact MPV rather than a tall small family car, because of its height and profile.
In 2005, the 307 was revised to meet the onslaught of rivals which had been launched since the introduction of the 307 in 2001. The front of the car was restyled featuring mildly revised lights, a new bonnet and the removal of the trademark Peugeot grille between the headlights. With the latter change, along with a new front bumper, the front of the car was now dominated by a larger air intake, as first established on the Peugeot 407, and which was now effectively the company's new grille.
At launch, the 307 was launched as a 3- and 5-door hatchback, though in 2002 the 307 range was expanded with the introduction of two estates, called the 307 Break and 307 SW. Externally they are almost identical, with the exception that the SW version has silver roof bars and a 3/4 length panoramic glass roof as standard equipment. Internally though, the 307 Break is a conventional estate, while the SW features an optional third row of removable seats so it is more flexible due to its MPV-like configuration. The SW exists because Peugeot did not develop a compact MPV spinoff as Citroën did with the Xsara Picasso, instead preferring to offer a more flexible version but maintaining the style and road manners of an estate.
The 307 CC, a cabriolet with a retractable hardtop, was launched in 2003 to compete against the new European coupé cabriolets.
In 2004, a four-door saloon version of the 307 was launched in China. The 307 is produced for the Chinese market by the Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile, a joint venture with the PSA Group. This model was also built in Argentina between May 2006 and November 2010.
- 1.4 L (1360 cc) TU3 I4, 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp)
- 1.4 L (1360 cc) ET3 I4, 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) and 100 lb·ft (140 N·m)
- 1.6 L (1587 cc) TU5 I4, 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) and 110 lb·ft (150 N·m)
also available (from 09/2007 onwards) is a version called 1.6 BioFlex that can as well run on ethanol E85.
- 1.6 L (1560 cc) DV6 HDi diesel I4, 90–110 PS and 161–177 lb·ft (218–240 N·m)
- 2.0 L (1997 cc) EW10 16-valve I4, 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) and 110 lb·ft (150 N·m)
- 2.0 L (1997 cc) DW10 HDi diesel I4, 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) and 240 lb·ft (330 N·m)
- 2.0 L HDI 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)
- 2.0 L (1997 cc) EW10 16-valve I4, 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) and 148 lb·ft (201 N·m)
- 2.0 L (1997 cc) EW10 16-valve I4, 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) and 149 lb·ft (202 N·m)
In 2006 Peugeot announced a prototype diesel-electric hybrid engine for the 307 that could achieve 83 miles per imperial gallon (3.4 L/100 km; 69 mpg-US), but was not intended for sale until at least 2010, by which time the 307 was replaced by the 308 and the Hybrid was still not launched. The Citroën C4 Hybride HDi was announced at the same time.
307 in rallying
The Peugeot 307 WRC, a World Rally Car based on the 307 CC, replaced the multiple manufacturers' and drivers' championship-winning 206 WRC in the World Rally Championship for the 2004 season. The vehicle, nicknamed "The Flying Frog" and "The Whale", was plagued by transmission problems and only began to come into its element in competition towards the end of its factory-supported participation in the WRC. It has three WRC victories to its name, but saw its competition life cut short at the end of 2005 by PSA's decision to withdraw both Citroën and Peugeot from top-level rallying. It topped the podium in the series on the 2004 and 2005 Neste Rally Finland as well as in the 2005 Rally Japan. All the victories were at the hands of double world drivers' champion Marcus Grönholm. A private undertaking by seasoned Peugeot preparatory firm Bozian Racing, dubbed OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team, largely assumed responsibility for the running of WRC-spec 307s for the following 2006 season. Manfred Stohl and Henning Solberg were named as the driving personnel, with Stohl placing fourth in the overall drivers' standings.
The 307 WRC will be remembered for the accident that befell WRC competitors Markko Märtin and Michael Park on September 18, 2005, which resulted in co-driver Park's death. On stage 15 of Wales Rally GB, Märtin lost control of his 307 WRC and collided with a tree, killing Park instantly. This was the first fatality in a WRC event since 1993.
The Peugeot 307 has also been raced in the World Touring Car Championship, the British Touring Car Championship, Stock Car Brasil, TC2000 and the Danish Touring Car Championship.