Based on the latest compact hatchback model, the new Peugeot 207 Van looks like an almost ideal solution for a one-person business. I mean, you don’t need to buy a Ford Transit or a Peugeot Boxer to deliver a box of pizza or a couple of flowers to a customer living two blocks away from your tiny office, right?
The compact hauler was presented this week at the 2007 Commercial Vehicles Show in the British city of Birmingham.
Featuring the same overall length of 4.03 m, width of 1.92 m, wheel base of 2.54 m and overall height of 1.47 m as the parent model but sacrificing the rear seats, the panelized Peugeot 207 Van provides a maximum load area of 1.1 m3 and a payload of 450 kg.
To keep the operating costs down, Peugeot plans to offer the 207 Van with a choice of two HDi diesel engines mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
The entry-level 1.4-liter oil-burner will produce a maximum of 70 bhp, and the more capable 1.6-liter engine will have a maximum power output of 90 horsepower.
There will also be a 1.4-liter gasoline engine, producing up to 75 bhp.
Set to compete against the new Ford Fiesta Van and VW CorsaVan, the Peugeot 207 Van will be offered with standard driver and passenger airbag and side airbags, although ESP will be available only as an option.
See also: 2007 Renault Modus MPV