space, style and practicality ' the new partner combi leads the way

Monday, 24 March 2003

  • All-new exterior styling
  • Improved levels of comfort and safety
  • Prices from £9,495 on the road
  • New ‘Escapade’ – for all your family adventures

With the introduction of the new Peugeot Escapade, the new Partner Combi range is now complete. This popular family car has undergone a fundamental re-design that features all new exterior styling, a smart and functional new interior, improved levels of comfort and safety equipment and revised suspension for improved handling.

First seen at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, the new Partner Combi offers a fresh new approach to the compact family leisure vehicle, offering the rugged style of a 4x4, courtesy of re-designed headlamps, bonnet, wings and grille, all of which combine to create the impression of strength, robustness and dynamism. In short, the new Partner Combi has become a well-equipped, appealing, family oriented leisure vehicle offering outstanding value for money.

The market for value-for-money leisure vehicles is growing rapidly in the UK and this trend is set to continue in 2003. Almost 4,000 Peugeot Partner Combi vehicles were sold in 2002, the second best seller in the market, representing nearly 23% of the segment.

The new Partner Combi range starts from £9,495 on the road, with the Escapade priced from £10,295 on the road, or there is currently a 0% finance offer on Peugeot’s Passport option from £125 a month (subject to terms and conditions).

Practicality and style combine in new Partner Combi
The new Partner keeps faith with its customers’ expectations by offering practicality, space, comfort and versatility. With its new front end, large, smooth headlamps and new grille, the new Combi is clearly marked out as a close contemporary of the marque’s most recent models.

Designed to transport people, luggage and equipment, the new Combi has a highly accessible boot (capacity 624 litres), which can be enlarged to 2800 litres (volume to roof level, rear seats folded down), and a load sill height of 570 mm. Rear passengers can get in and out by means of very practical sliding doors, and are seated comfortably and safely on a 2/3–1/3 fold-down bench seat, and protected by three "curved" head restraints and three 3-point inertia reel seat belts. Toddlers can sit anywhere in a child seat (Isofix fixtures on the central and right-hand seats). There are driver and passenger airbags, with the latter able to be disconnected to allow the installation of a child seat at the front. Side head/chest air bags are also available as an option.

Inside, a newly designed fascia panel puts an emphasis on storage, ergonomics and practicality with new features that improve safety and comfort. There are three drinks holders, a ‘re-locatable’ ashtray and a 12 volt power socket. There is generous roof storage space featuring three padded overhead storage areas and a CD holder at the front, with two large ‘aircraft’ type bins in the back of the rear seats. Additional comfort for the rear passengers includes extra air vents with adjustable air-flow, and individual reading lights.

The multiplex technology allows the incorporation of original electrical features, for example, the "location" function, which enables the driver to locate his vehicle in a car park by instructing the lights to flash without unlocking the doors, by means of the remote control.

‘Escapade’ – for all your family adventures

The all-new Escapade – unique to Peugeot – features raised, reinforced suspension and an even more accentuated "adventurer" look.

Externally, ‘Escapade’ is identified by wheel arch extensions, body-coloured front bumper, headlamp grilles, front fog lamps and 15" wheels.

Under the skin, ‘Escapade’ has its ride height raised by 30 mm to 170 mm (140 mm standard) and modifies the approach and escape angles, which are 28° and 37° respectively. This higher ground clearance is obtained by means of longer springs fitted at the front with greater suspension flexibility, increased from 55 mm/100 kg to 65 mm, making it possible to soften the axle for a better grip on uneven terrain and increases the adherence of the wheels. At the rear, flexibility is increased from
51 mm/100 kg to 54 mm. The four hydraulic dampers retain standard shock absorption characteristics to preserve overall comfort.

To cope with the vertical stresses induced by difficult terrain, the front wishbones are strengthened and now take the form of a single forged-steel component.

Finally, under the engine, a protective panel 3 mm thick serves as a skid plate in the event of contact with the ground. All fuel and brake lines are also covered by steel protection.

All models:

Equipment
All Combi models feature a CD player, electric front windows, power steering, remote central locking and electric/heated door mirrors as standard equipment.

Engines
The standard Partner Combi is available with either a 75 bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine, a 70 bhp 1.9-litre diesel engine or the superb 90 bhp 2.0-litre HDi common-rail unit. The ‘Escapade’ is available with either a 110 bhp, 1.6-litre petrol engine or the
90 bhp, 2.0-litre HDi diesel.

EngineMaximum PowerMaximum TorqueTop SpeedCombined FuelCO2 Emissions
1.4 petrol75bhp @ 5,500 rpm90 lb ft @ 3,400 rpm93 mph37.7 mpg176 g/km
1.6 16V petrol80bhp @ 5,800 rpm110 lb ft @ 4,000 rpm106 mph38.2 mpg175 g/km
1.9 diesel71bhp @4,600 rpm94 lb ft @ 2,500 rpm88 mph40.9 mpg181 g/km
2.0 HDi diesel90bhp @ 4,000 rpm154 lb ft @ 1,900 rpmCombi 99, Escapade 9749.6 mpg152 g/km

Transmission
All Partners are equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The single-disc 200 mm dry clutch has a cable control and automatic wear adjustment.

Suspension
The Partner is equipped with independent four-wheel suspension, with a MacPherson strut type wishbone front axle, incorporating a drop-link anti-roll bar and hydraulic dampers, with shock-absorption and flexibility characteristics adapted to the different engines and payloads.

At the back, the rear axle has drawn arms and torsion bars – a specification chosen for its compact height clearance. It is equipped with an anti-roll bar and inclined dampers allowing the axle to be housed under the rear floor, without any distortion of the load area. Both front and rear suspension are adaptive to different payloads.


Brakes
New Partners receive large ventilated front discs (diameter 266 mm, thickness 20.4 mm). The rear drum brakes have a diameter of 228 mm and a width of 40 mm. Optional ABS is available on all versions. This is the latest version and features an electronic braking force regulation system (EBFD).

Steering
Power steering is standard on all Partners, and is variable according to engine speed.

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