Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coming Up with Number of New Options

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coming Up with Number of New Options

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Byline: By Steve Hughes

In the fast moving world of the motorcar, new models are arriving every week, with varying degrees of importance. Some emerge as official announcements, others are so-called scoops that are snapped during secret testing, and the rest are the subject of the sort of speculation that has a habit of soon becoming fact. Here is a round-up of recent developments.

Peugeot has taken the wraps off its replacement for the 206, named the 207, and which should be here in early 2004.

It bears a strong resemblance to the current model and, curiously, something else too.

As it is based on the same platform as its sister model, Citroen's C3, it comes as no surprise that they look very similar.

In the meantime there's a facelifted version of the current 206 to help it soldier on - but buyer beware.

Dealers are still awash with pre-revision models, so make sure the one you get has the new-style clear lens headlamps, and smoked red and grey rear lenses.

BMW is planning to introduce a smaller version of its hugely-successful X5 leisure vehicle, and this week it is seen for the first time in all its glory, with a choice of engines including an economical two-litre diesel.

Expected to make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, it should cost pounds 20,000.

Renault's latest incarnation of the Megane has raised more than a few eyebrows, thanks to its distinctively-styled rear quarters.

This week sees the first spy pictures of the saloon version, and it is pretty tame by comparison.

Due here in September with prices from pounds 11,000, it is the most conventional-looking saloon model ever, which should appeal to the more conservative of Renault aficionados.

It is difficult not to speak of Renault and Citroen in the same breath, and this week is no exception, with the impending arrival of a C3 supermini on steroids. …

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