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2009-08-18 08:45
Peugeot has finally revealed decent pics and plenty of detail about its upcoming RCZ. Look out for it at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The coupe will also debut Peugeot's all-new 150-kW 1.6-litre engine although the French manufacturer's famed turbodiesels will also be included in the RCZ's line-up.

A 2+2 seater coupe, several RCZ concept's styling details have been retained for the production model.

It has a "double bubble" feature in its roof to give its occupants extra headroom, aluminium arches and an active rear boot spoiler. The front end, with its oversized grille, is typical Pug, though.

The cabin is said to take on touches inspired by motorsport. Sport seats have integrated head restraints and all controls are within easy reach, the manufacturer says.

Metal casing is used for the recessed dials and the facia is reportedly covered in a "soft feel material" offered in several colours.

When it is launched in 2010, RCZ will be equipped with three engines, including the new turbocharged 1.6-litre with either 116- or 150-kW on tap and mated with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, and the 121-kW turbodiesel 2.0-litre HDI with a six-speed manual gearbox.

RCZ rides on Peugeot's Platform Two and uses a McPherson-type front suspension and a torsion beam at the rear but, befitting a true sports coupe, the ride height has been lowered by 20mm and the track is wider by 54 mm and 72 mm at the front and rear, respectively.

The RCZ, the first Peugeot not the bear the traditional numbering system using the zero or double zero, will be built in limited quantities by coachbuilder Magna Steyr in Austria.


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