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By Ketan Patel


Peugeot 301 2012 Review

Peugeot has recently released the first photos and bits of information regarding their new, upcoming sedan dubbed Peugeot 301. The upcoming model is the first to be launched under the new naming policy established by the French manufacturer, and in terms of specifications Peugeot revealed that the 301 will come with three engine variants, including the 1.2 liter seen in the 208.

The 1.2 liter VTi three cylinder engine develops 72 horsepower and it's the smallest of the bunch. Next is the 1.6 HDi liter four-cylinder diesel engine able to produce 92 horsepower, and last but not least the 1.6 liter VTi four-cylinder unit developing 115 horsepower. In terms of transmission the 1.2 liter engine will be mated with either a manual or an EGC gearbox, the 1.6 liter HDi diesel unit will be coupled with a manual gearbox, as for the beefier 115 horsepower 1.6 liter VTi unit, both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.

The manufacturer also revealed that the new sedan will have a wheelbase of 2.65 meters and a total length of 4.44 meters, with a boot capacity of 506 liters. In terms of equipmentPeugeot has not revealed everything there is to it but so far we can expect the 301 to feature ABS, ESP, emergency braking assistance, four airbags, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, remote boot opening and parking sensors.

The new 301 is expected to make its debut in at this year's Paris Motor Show in September and will hit the market starting November 1st. The new sedan has been designed with a wide range of climate and road conditions in mind and the first country in which the new 301 will be available for purchase will be Turkey, followed by Central and Eastern Europe, Russia Ukraine, Greece, Middle East, African states and a select South American regions.

Unfortunately the French manufacturer has not revealed specific information regarding the price of the new sedan, but Peugeot strongly believes that the new 301 will become their best-selling vehicle in the left-hand-drive countries. Nevertheless, taking the price of some of its key competitors in consideration, including the $16,200 Kia Forte 2012, the $16,500 Ford Focus Sedan 2012 and the $16,700 Hyundai Elantra 2013, the Peugeot 301 2012 should have at least a similar price once it hits the market.

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