2017 Peugeot 301

Recently Peugeot released a facelift of the Peugeot 301 sedan,
which the automaker hopes to use to conquer the sedan market in
emerging economies. Although, Peugeot is not planning to sell
the 2017 Peugeot 301 worldwide, the automaker hopes the model
will be one of its best sellers. It is purposefully built for
countries with left-hand drive. The Peugeot is designed to
overcome a range of conditions such as poor roads and different
types of climates. Since its debut in 2012, the model has
already sold over 360,000 units, which shows its huge
potential. Read along for more information:

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2017 Peugeot 301 Exterior

Being only a facelift, the Peugeot 301 features minor changes
on its exterior profile. Most of these changes are on the front
fascia. The model features a new radiator grille. The grille is
flanked by LED headlights and LED DRLs. Further up is a
sculpted hood. The automaker’s log has been transferred from
the bonnet to the assembly. The front bumper has also been
revised.

At the rear, the Peugeot is largely unchanged. The only major
changes here are addition of new taillight graphics that give
the model a fresh stance. The flanks are unchanged compared to
the outgoing model. The 301 is available in three new
colors  which are Moka Grey, Deep Blue and Artense Grey.

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2017 Peugeot 301 Interior

Despite being an economical model, the Peugeot 301’s cabin is
well equipped. The automaker has added a list of awesome
equipment as standard. You will be surprised to learn that the
sedan features Bluetooth connectivity, air-conditioning, music
streaming via USB, parking sensors as well as a remote trunk
opening.

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The model also offers plenty of legroom for back seat
passengers courtesy of its 2.65 M long wheelbase. The
automaker, in fact, argues that it has the class-leading
rear-seating space in the segment. The model also offers a
cargo space of 508 liters, which is commendable for a car its
size.

The 2017 Peugeot 301 also features a 7.0-inch capacitive
touch-screen infotainment system. This system features a
reverse camera, 3D TomTom satellite navigation and Mirror
Screen triple play connectivity system.

There is an option for either a light fabric or dark fabric
cabin trim.

Peugeot has also taken care of the safety department where the
model features anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control
and emergency braking assist. It is, however, disappointing to
learn the model will have only four airbags as opposed to the
regular six for a car its size.

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Engine specs and performance

The Peugeot 301 2017 will have 4 engine options comprised of
two petrol mills and two diesel engines. The first petrol mill
is a 1.2 L, Pure Tech, which is capable of producing 82 hp at
5750 rpm and 87 lb-ft of torque from 2750 rpm. This mill is
paired with only a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The second petrol mill is a 1.6 L, VTi good for 115 hp at 6050
rpm and 110 lb-ft of torque from 4000 rpm.  This engine is
paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed EAT 6
automatic gearbox.

Moving over to diesel power-plants, the base engine is a 1.6 L,
HDi mill good for 92 horses while the second engine is a 1.6 L,
BlueHDi mill which pumps out 100 hp. The diesel mills are
paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox with no option for an
automatic system.

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Price and release date

According to the automaker, the model will be manufactured at
Peugeot’s factory in Vigo, Spain. Sales of the model commenced
on 1st of this month (November). As earlier
mentioned, the Peugeot 301 is meant for emerging markets in the
Middle East, North Africa, South America as well as China.
Depending on the trim chosen, one will spend between $15,000
and $20,000 to put his/her hands on the wheels of the 2017
Peugeot 301.

Although the model is not meant for mainstream markets such as
the U.S.A. and UK, consumer pressure in these markets may force
Peugeot to rethink its decision to add a right-hand-drive
version.