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Peugeot has announced that its new Compact City car 108 is scheduled for a world premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show on 4 March. The new Peugeot 108 urban runabout is the smaller sibling of the popular Peugeot 208 and for the first time, this city car is offered in two body styles; a hatchback and a retractable fabric roof TOP!. (click to enlarge)

The Peugeot 108’s dimensions are 3.47m in length, 1.62m in width, 1,425mm at the front track and 1,420mm at the rear. Coupled with reduced overhangs and a 9.6m turning circle, the compact city car is certainly a breeze to drive on city streets.

Peugeot 108 urban runabout is a compact car that ensures a breezy drive

The front end is dominated by the signature chrome-accented grille, central beam and lower air intake, while the headlights are firmly set into the bodywork. Common to all trim levels, their ‘technical’ design combines smart black and chrome to give the car a sharp and dynamic look. The upper sections contain LEDs for DRL (daytime running lights); much like the 208 GTi.

From the side, the 108’s compact form is highlighted by its front and rear overhangs, both reduced to the minimum. Access to the interior remains easy, with one or two doors on each side that stretch almost from wheel to wheel. The car’s dynamism is underlined by a chrome blade that emerges from the front wings and extends to the bottom of the glass above. Wraparound-style rear lights with 3D effect and three-claw signature motif, plus the rear bumper’s horizontal lines add perception of the car’s width. Additionally, the large glazed tailgate which extends from the spoiler has integrated hinges and opaque markings at the base. There are two tyre sizes for the 108, 165/65 R14 or 165/60 R15, with low rolling resistance. They are continuously monitored by the Indirect Tyre Under-Inflation Detection system.

The interior of the 108 presents a generous cabin with a tinge of premium feel. The speedometer housing forms part of the steering column, which is adjustable for height, and covered by a cowl to ensure it is legible in all light conditions. It comprises an analogue speedometer and an LCD screen arranged concentrically. Either side, extensions house the rev counter and gear shift indicator. Interior highlights include 7-inch touchscreen that allows ample connectivity and is voice-enabled, starter button with Peugeot Open and Go system, and easy-to-reach controls for air-conditioning, speed limiter controls, fuel filler flap, heated mirrors, electric windows, and for the 108 TOP! version, there’s a switch for fabric roof just above the rear view mirror. Boot space holds 196 liters, and when the 50/50 split rear seats are folded down, the boot space capacity takes up 750 liters.

There are four engines options for the Peugeot 108 compact city; 1.0-liter e-VTi 68bhp 5-speed manual, 1.0l VTi 68bhp 5-speed manual, 1.0l VTi 68bhp 5-speed automatic transmission and 1.2l PureTech VTi 82bhp 5-speed manual.

Peugeot 108 receives core safety features for optimum occupants’ protection

Active safety features for Peugeot 108 include Hill Start Assist, ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Emergency Collision Braking System and switchable ESP. Stopping power comes from 247mm ventilated discs at the front and 200mm drums at the rear.

The Peugeot 208 compact city car is scheduled to go on sale in July, starting with the United Kingdom.