Peugeot's subcompact, the 307, will undergo a radical 407-inspired revision ahead of September's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Peugeot's subcompact, the 307, will undergo a radical 407-inspired revision ahead of September's Frankfurt Motor Show.

The major change to the 307 will be at the front, where the car will receive elliptical headlights and a gaping grille, before now the hallmark of the bigger 407 saloon. While most models will receive the black grille, the sportier versions and the cabriolet will come with chrome-trimmed grilles. New bumpers with smaller, circular fog lights will be fitted.

The interior trim will be upgraded to bring the 307 in line with its newer contemporaries (the VW Golf, Opel Astra, Ford Focus, etc), and a new range of fabrics and detailing have been allotted to the 307 for its upgrade. There will also be a new choice of exterior paint finishes.

Revisions include the addition of a front passenger seatbelt warning alarm, a new airbag deployment system to improve chest protection, tyre pressure monitoring and improved head restraints. The cars will also be equipped with Bluetooth capability, dual-zone climate control and upgraded audio systems on certain models.

Mechanically, the 307 will not be very different from the model it replaces - the major change will come with the launch of the brand-new 308 in 2008. The petrol engines will range from the 1,4-litre to the 2,0-litre while the 1,6- and 2,0-litre diesel powerplants will all be fitted with particulate filters to meet the Euro IV emissions regulations.

The spokesman for Peugeot SA, Lee Luck, said no details about the revised range's engine derivatives or pricing had been confirmed yet. However, she did say that it was likely that the 307 will be available in the final quarter of this year.

Original article from Car