The Peugeot 206 HDi will take up its position alongside other models in the range such as the 1.4 X-line and the five-door 1.6 XT Premium. Other 206 derivatives include the 206 GTi, the rally-bred 206 GTi 180, the 206 CC, and the 206 SW estate.
"Customers have come to expect drop-dead gorgeous looks, accompanied by dynamic and safety qualities and performance," said Thierry Poirat, managing director of Peugeot Motors South Africa (PMSA).
"These attributes are all present in our 206 range, but besides that, the 206 is all about providing our customers with choice. There is a clear movement in the marketplace towards diesel-powered passenger cars, not only in Europe but also in South Africa.
"By adding the 206 HDi to the lineup we believe we can further comply with the market's growing set of requirements."
The engine used in the new 206 HDi is a high-pressure direct-injection common rail diesel engine that displaces 1997 cm³ and is capable of delivering 66kW of maximum power at 4 000 r/min. Torque is 205Nm of maximum torque at a low 1 750 r/min.
PMSA claims that the 206 HDi sips as little as 5 litres/100km in a combined cycle.
The HDi is specified to Peugeot's XT Premium level, featuring a number of standard equipment.
On the safety side, the HDi is equipped with a driver and a passenger's airbag, ABS, front safety belts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioner, front and rear foglights, and side impact beams with shock absorbing padding.
As far as driving and comfort is concerned the HDi has all the bells and whistles including power steering, on-board computer, four electric windows, adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, airconditioning, CD-sound system, automatic headlights, and automatic windscreen wiper with rain sensor.
The 206 HDi is warranted for 3 years/100 000km, while maintenance intervals for this diesel engine is 20 000km. Peugeot will do a warranty check every 10 000 km, free of charge. A maintenance plan is an option on all Peugeot 206 models.
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