Fresh style for

sports coupe

Peugeot RCZ, profile

PEUGEOT'S restyled RCZ sports coupe, which was premiered at the Paris Motor Show earlier this autumn, will be launched in January.

It features the existing engine line-up of 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol units, though a 260bhp RCZ R model will arrive towards the end of 2013.

While visual changes include an update to the front face, there's also now a wider choice of equipment plus new colour and trim combinations.

Two trim levels - Sport and GT - remain, the Sport grade boasting 18-inch alloys, dual zone air-con, rear parking aid and USB box with Bluetooth, and now boosted with automatic lighting including Approach and Follow-me-home features.

New options on RCZ Sport include half leather and leather/ Alcantara trim.

At the more popular GT level, responsible for 80 per cent of sales, the RCZ gets 19-inch alloys as standard along with an interior sports kit complete with sports steering wheel and gear lever.

The leather-clad cabin is now also available in a Cohiba Brown colour and options also include new matt black roof arches, new body decals and more alloy wheel options.

Prices start at £21,595 for the RCZ Sport - an increase of £385 over the current model - with a hike of £2,400 to the GT which starts at £23,995.

Peugeot sales director Neil Moscrop said: "One aspect with the RCZ is that because it looks a million dollars most people assume it must be beyond their affordability, but a £21,595 starting price makes it astonishingly desirable."

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