Peugeot’s new 108 mini car will arrive here this summer, replacing the 107.
To be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month, it is compact and naturally suited to town driving, boasting a chic and classy design with a twist.
With both a three-door and five-door hatchback, and a convertible body style, the new Peugeot 108 offers customers the chance to completely personalise their cars thanks to a range of themes, trims, ambiances, colours, and options available. And, taking the driver into a new era of connectivity, the launch of the new Peugeot 108 also sees the introduction of MirrorLinkTM technology to the Peugeot brand.
The 108 is very compact with a turning radius of just 4.80m. It weighs just 840kg, which Peugeot says makes it light and agile on the road.
On opening the tailgate, the shelf automatically folds away against the rear screen and reveals a 196 litres boot. This volume can be extended to 750 litres by folding the 50/50 rear seat backrests.
Peugeot’s now familiar face is clearly evident on the new 108, with the headlights and front grille reminiscent of the larger 208 and 308. At the back, the 108 has wraparound rear lights with a signature 3D lion claw-effect design as seen on the 308.
Peugeot will offer a choice of seven themes, six trims, three interior ambience, and eight colours, including two-tone paint finishes. The seven personalisation themes comprise exterior stickers, shells for the door mirrors, interior stickers, floor carpets, key fob shells (mechanical, plip or keyless entry and starting card). The three interior ambiences determine the colours of the finishers on the dashboard and centre panel.
When opting for the Peugeot 108 convertible model, buyers can choose the retractable roof colour - black, grey, red or purple. The driver uses an electric control switch to open the fabric roof and can adjust the opening to a number of positions. An aero-acoustic deflector is deployed automatically when opening the roof to reduce turbulence in the cabin.
The new 108 will be fitted with a touch screen, as seen in the Peugeot 208, 2008 and new 308. The mirror screen function operates using MirrorLink technology, allowing the touchscreen to become a mirror image of any smartphone using Android, Windows, RIM or iOS.
This function allows drivers to operate their smartphones from the car’s touch screen. For obvious safety considerations, the access to phone applications is restricted when the car is moving. The speedometer is located on the steering column and is flanked by a rev counter on one side and a gearshift indicator on the other.
The range is made up of four efficient three-cylinder power units: a 1.0 e-VTi 68 five-speed manual, (88g/km CO2), a 1.0 VTi 68 five-speed manual, (95g/km de CO2), a 1.0 VTi 68 five-speed electronic, (97g/km CO2), and a new Puretech1.2 VTi 82 engine with five-speed manual gearbox, (99g/km CO2).
Passengers are protected by six airbags fitted as standard: two frontal airbags (the passenger airbag can be switched off), two lateral airbags at the front, and two curtain airbags covering the front and rear seats. The two rear seats are equipped with IsoFix mountings. The standard braking system includes as standard, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, emergency collision braking system, and switchable ESP. LED daytime running lights, hill assist and indirect tyre under-inflation detection system are also standard.
The new Peugeot 108 will arrive this summer, replacing the existing 107 model. Prices and specifications for the new range will be announced closer to launch.