UPDATE: More pics and info added.

It wasn’t all that long ago when the Peugeot RCZ coupe landed on our shores, but the fact remains that it’s been in production for more than two years now, and it’s now time for a makeover. The French carmaker has released first official pictures ahead of the facelifted car’s appearance at the Paris motor show later this month. European sales are set to begin in the first quarter of next year.

We can see the RCZ has been brought up to speed with its 508 and 208 brethren in the looks department. Peugeot has wiped the previous car’s huge smile off its face and replaced it with a smaller grille and a new front bumper that carries daytime-running LEDs.

Headlamps are new, as are the Peugeot bonnet and boot logos – that black background and chrome surround are no more. Darkened are its tail lamps now, and new wheel designs complete the exterior updates.

Engines on the menu are a 1.6 litre THP in 156 and 200 hp states of tune, and a 163 hp 2.0 litre diesel. It seems that for the Euro market, only the lower-powered THP engine gets an automatic gearbox option. Both manual and automatic gearboxes have six speeds.

Buyers can choose from three roof arch colours (Aluminium, Sand or Matt Black) or even have a carbon roof in either a Matt or Satin finish. There are 10 alloy wheel designs to choose from, and Bistre and Moroccan Red are new additions to the six existing colours on offer.

Standard kit includes an acoustic windscreen, automatic wipers and headlamps, electrochromatic interior mirror and guide-me-home and approach lighting.

There have been special editions of the RCZ launched prior to this facelift – the latest of which was the RCZ Onyx for the French and German markets – but Peugeot will show another at Paris called the RCZ R (more on this hot version very soon).

The line-up that has so far been confirmed to attend Paris also includes the 208 GTi, 208 XY and Onyx supercar concept (not to be confused with the RCZ Onyx).

What do you think – has the pretty Pug gotten prettier?