Peugeot has given its 206 range a facelift to “reduce the appearance gap between entry-level and premium models” and there are plans to introduce the rally-bred GTi 180 later this year.

Peugeot has given its 206 range a facelift to “reduce the appearance gap between entry-level and premium models” and there are plans to introduce the rally-bred GTi 180 later this year.

The French manufacturer has also increased the list of standard equipment on all models.

The baseline 206 1,4 X-line model has been given a new-look chrome Peugeot Lion incorporated in the rear hatch, as well as a sportier rear bumper incorporating mudflaps. There are also new rear and front lights, as well as a new honeycomb grille.

In addition to the exterior changes on the 1,4 model, updates on the 1,6 XT, CC, and SW are mostly visible from behind the steering wheel. In the XT, the steering wheel is now full leather and velvet trim has been added. The cabin of all 206 models, except the 1,4, now uses chrome for the storage pocket, interior door handles and for the finish of the new aluminium backed instrument cluster.

On the safety side, ABS brakes now form part of standard equipment in the XT. The CC has been given new front and rear bumpers that incorporate wide body-coloured strips which also run across the doors as side protectors.

Peugeot also says it plans to introduce two versions of the GTi towards the end of 2003. The current 206 GTi will receive a makeover in November and the GTi 180 rally car will be added to the small performance segment.

Peugeot models are warranted for one-year and unlimited mileage, and maintenance intervals are every 30 000km. Peugeot will do a warranty check every 15 000km, free of charge. Peugeot’s maintenance plan is an option on all its vehicles.

For details of the Gti 180 see the August issue of CAR magazine.

Prices:

X-Line 1,4: R121 900

XT Premium 1,6: R143 400

CC 1,6: R 212 900

CC 2,0 R 237 900

SW XS 1,6: R 159 900.

Original article from Car