Diesel Engine Breakthrough from Peugeot


Veteran Member
Mar 6, 2000
Maybe Ford may used these engines in the USA, since they had a long term relationship in diesel technology.

"PARIS — Although it won't be coming to North America, Peugeot's latest diesel development has significant implications, especially for automakers exploring the potential of high-performance compression-ignition engines in an era of rising fuel prices.

In France, Peugeot has just released the 607 HDi 170 sedan. A midrange luxury car, this 607 is powered by a four-cylinder diesel, but its performance is exceptional, considering the engine is only a 2.2-liter unit.

The direct-injection, common-rail diesel engine has been fitted with sequential twin parallel turbochargers — the world's first such adaptation on a four-cylinder diesel, according to the automaker. The result is 170 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The first turbo kicks in at low revs, while the second operates in parallel between 2600 and 3200 rpm.

More important, the 607 HDi 170 returns more than 40 miles per gallon on the highway, making it one of the most efficient executive sedans on the road in Europe.

What this means to you: The Europeans continue to demonstrate that turbodiesels, even smaller ones, can still deliver exceptional performance, as well as outstanding fuel economy"


TDIClub Enthusiast, ToofTek Inventor
Oct 16, 2005
Newark, OH
DPM: The US-spec Contour was discontinued in 2000. ;)

Because it didn't sell well at all.

It was almost as much money as a Taurus (Ford's former US-market midsize car - about the same size as a Passat, and the first and second-gen Tauruses even looked like B3 Passats), and barely any bigger than a US-spec Escort (based on the 1991-1994 Mazda 323/Protege platform).

Not to mention, the quality SUCKED.