Our soon to be favourite Peugeot has been confirmed for an Australian release by July next year. The 308 based RCZ will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow this year and go into production by April next year.
Currently there are two engines planned, the 1.6-litre turbo petrol and the 2.0-litre HDi diesel (Euro V). As for transmissions, Peugeot plans to have a six-speed manual and auto available at launch. We are not certain if the automatic will be built by Getrag.
Little else is known about the car expect that it will be 4.29 metres in length, about 100mm longer than it's main competitor, the Audi TT.
Given the current financial times, it's a great sign to see a car company not give in to the usual financial dilemmas and ditch its spirited cars.
In fact, Peugeot hopes to reinstate the sports car feel back in the brand with the help of the RCZ which will act as the halo car for the French brand.
Peugeot Australia is hoping to sell around 350-400 RCZs per year (although we suspect they will do much better). Pricing is still unknown but CarAdvice believes it will be priced very competitively against the Audi TT.
All we can say is, it can't come soon enough!