2014 Peugeot 108 revealed
* Peugeot reveals new 108 city car * Comes in three- and five-door versions * Revealed at Geneva show, on sale July 1 in the UK...
The Peugeot 108 city car has been revealed at the Geneva motor show.
The all-new city car comes in three- or five-door versions, and adds new features such as a retractable fabric roof.
Unlike many new cars, the Peugeot 108 hasn't grown significantly versus its predecessor. It is just 4cm longer than the outgoing 107, at 347cm, and is 1cm narrower at 162cm. The front and rear overhangs have been kept to a minimum in order to improve urban manoeuvrability.
The space inside has also increased, with the boot capacity now 180 litres with a spare wheel, or 196 litres when a puncture repair kit is included. Drop the 50/50 split/folding rear seats and this grows to 750 litres. Although this is significantly bigger than the 107's boot, it is smaller than the 251-litre and 951-litre capacities of the VW Up's.
Up front, the 108 gets a 7-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dashboard that controls the audio system, trip computer and vehicle settings. Drivers will also be able to connect their phone via Bluetooth and then access applications on their phone, such as navigation and internet radio.
Other interior highlights include a height-adjustable seat and steering wheel, electric windows and keyless entry and start and air-conditioning.
The biggest change to the current car is the new retractable fabric roof, which is available in three colours: black, grey or purple. The roof is available on both three- and five-door models and is expected to cost less than £1000.
As well as eight body colours, 108 buyers can personalise their car, choosing from seven different themes: Barcode, Diamond, Dressy, Dual, Kilt, Sport and Tattoo.
The 108 will come with the same Access, Active and Allure trims familiar to the likes of the 208 and 308 models elsewhere in the Peugeot range.
Three engines will be offered, with emissions as low as 88g/km on the 68bhp 1.0-litre e-VTI version, complete with stop-start and a manual gearbox. This engine also comes without stop start, producing 95g/km CO2. An electronic auto gearbox will also be offered, plus a 1.2-litre 82bhp petrol version that emits 99g/km.
Prices are expected to be announced at the Geneva motor show, although they are not set to rise much over the 107, despite the boost in standard equipment.
The Peugeot 108's sister cars, the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, have also been revealed at Geneva, with the 108 going on sale on July 1 2014.
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