Why the Peugeot RCZ won't be offered with a diesel engine

It would have been a little more powerful
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Oct 17, 2012
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When Peugeot's re-entry into the Philippine market was revealed by the French carmaker itself last February, it already detailed the models it would be introducing in the country--the 3008, the 5008, the 508, the 308CC and the RCZ--and that the common denominator for all five vehicles is the brand's micro-hybrid e-HDI diesel engine technology.

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At Peugeot's first official function yesterday through its official importer in the country, Eurobrands Distributor Inc. (EDI), the initial four models to be offered here were revealed: the 3008, the 5008, the 508, and the RCZ. However, as we mentioned in an article yesterday, the RCZ two-door sports coupe will only be available with a 156hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

Since we do know that the RCZ is offered in other markets with a 2.0-liter HDi diesel engine, we asked EDI marketing and communications director Dong Magsajo why a gasoline-powered 1.6-liter model will go on sale here instead of the 161hp diesel-fed mill to at least give the brand a distinct, all-diesel lineup.

According to Magsajo, bringing in the diesel-propelled RCZ "would have made it very expensive," prompting EDI to bring in the gasoline-fueled variant instead to be able to price it competitively.

If, like we already mentioned, the 1.6-liter RCZ is estimated to cost "more than P2 million but definitely less than P3 million," how much do you think the 2.0-liter diesel variant would have cost?

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