Peugeot unveils facelifted 2013 RCZ ahead of Paris debut

The Peugeot RCZ rides on the same platform as the 308 hatchback.

Following a leak late last night, France's Peugeot has lifted the veil off of its facelifted RCZ coupe. Based on the 308 hatchback, the car is scheduled to make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in just a couple of weeks.

The modifications carried out to the RCZ's exterior are limited to the front end. The smiling grille that earned the coupe a sizable dose of criticism at its launch has been replaced with a more discreet unit that is similar to the one found on the recently-launched 208 hatchback. The air dam has been redrawn and now incorporates a row of daytime running lights, and the headlights are blacked out.

Peugeot has fitted the RCZ with its new WIP Com 3D infotainment system, which it promises will provide a better audio quality than the outgoing system.

The RCZ is offered with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder THP engine that was developed jointly by PSA and BMW. Also found in the engine bay of the MINI Cooper, among others, it is available with either 156 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque or 200 horsepower and 202 lb-ft. In its less powerful tune it can be bolted to either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual; the more powerful version is only available with the manual gearbox.

Both gasoline engines are available with Peugeot's Sound System technology, which amplifies the noise of the engine under heavy acceleration.

Buyers who prefer a diesel engine have to settle for a turbocharged HDi four-banger that makes 163 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. of torque. It is exclusively linked to a six-speed manual transmission.

After taking a bow in Paris, the facelifted RCZ will go on sale across Europe in the first quarter of 2013. Pricing information will be released closer to its launch.