Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Peugeot tried to continue its large executive sedan history with the 607, which appeared in 2005.
It came four years after the dismissal of its predecessor, the 605.
While the 605 was “killed” by the smaller 406, the 607 came to fix that issue and regain its territory from the German competitors. Even though it lacked the rear-wheel-drive or the all-wheel-drive system, it tried to convince the customers with a fluid design language. Unfortunately, it couldn’t keep up with the market’s needs and also had to cope with the 2007 world financial crisis.
Developed from scratch, the vehicle was not designed by Pininfarina anymore, like its predecessor. Its swept-back, feline-like headlights flanked a one-slat grille that supported the enlarged company chromed badge. Other shiny accents were spread on the bumpers, doors, and around the window line. In the apron, the carmaker placed two round fog lights linked by a chromed slat. At the back, the greenhouse featured a sloped windscreen and a raised, curved decklid.
Inside, thanks to its cab-forward design, the carmaker managed to install a spacious interior. Depending on the trim level, it offered cloth or leather-wrapped power seats at the front. At the back, even though the bench was wide enough for three adults, it was profiled for two.
Under the hood, Peugeot installed a wide engine choice, either gasoline or turbodiesel. The top-of-the-line version sported an updated version of the 1997 3.0-liter V6 powerplant developed together with Renault. But the most thought-after units were powered by the turbodiesel versions, which ranged between 110 hp and 204 hp.
The Peugeot 607 was the French manufacturer’s flagship model for about 10 years, with the model being produced between 1999 and 2010.
The 607 was designed to replace the older 605, however, they still shared the same chassis.
One of the reasons why the new model was not named 606 was the issues that the 605 encountered even from launch, thus Peugeot wanted to suggest that the new one had nothing to do with the unreliability provided by the previous one.
The 607 was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1999 and started selling in 2000.
Both the exterior and the interior were restyled to bring the vehicle up to date.
The lines of the 607 were reminiscent of the Nautilus concept car revealed in 1997.
The more modern 607 had an aerodynamic look and was almost 4.90 meters in length, 14 cm longer than the 605.
The interior came with upgraded material quality, with a new dashboard coated with leather-looking plastic.
The 607 was roomy for both the front and the rear passengers, and the load area was a great 481 liters, easily extendable by 30 liters with the rear seat folded.
The large sedan offered great comfort and a good level of safety, including ABS, a dual driver passenger airbag, side airbags, ESP, automatic air conditioning, 4 electric windows and optional leather upholstery and a sunroof.