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Coming soon - the New Peugeot 108

The all-new Peugeot 108 comes with a raft of enhancements over its predecessor, the popular 107. The new 108 is a perfect runabout that's exceptionally user-friendly for day-to-day motoring. New exterior styling, a chic 'about town' character and the choice of a TOP! Cabrio model with an electric fabric roof for the first time, make the Peugeot 108 a small car of distinction. Add in an ultra-modern interior plus a huge range of personalisation options inside and out and the 108 simply oozes appeal. It arrives in Ireland this autumn.

At 3,470mm bumper to bumper, the car is 40mm longer than its predecessor. The overall width remains the same (1,630mm), while the maximum roof height is 10mm lower (1,460mm). Available in three and five-door body styles, the 108's cabin space is almost identical to the outgoing model with generous space for up to four occupants. Where it is larger is in the boot, with a sizeable improvement in usable space, now boasting 196 litres up from 139 litres. The boot sill is 20mm lower for easier loading. Cabin storage has been upgraded; the passenger-side lidded glove box includes a horizontal cut-out section, designed to take a one-litre bottle.

Ivo Groën, the Peugeot 108 Design Director's goal was to give the car a more premium and sophisticated feel, supporting the Peugeot Brand's move upmarket and helping differentiate the 108 from its siblings, the Citroën C1 and Toyota Aygo. Groën explained: "The 107 had a very cab-forward 'mono-volume' silhouette, which at launch in 2005 was very modern. We wanted to give the 108 more of a nose and the powerful feeling that comes with that. We wanted to reduce the glass and increase the sculpting of the body, and at the same time give it a timeless elegance."

The 108's nose adopts the Peugeot floating front grille and lion-claw rear lamps, mirroring that of its big sisters, the 208, 2008 and 308. All of the car's extra length is at the front, improving its impact-protection credentials. The grille is flanked by advanced bi-focal projector lamp headlights, which, of the three sibling models (C1 and Aygo), are unique to Peugeot. The hi-tech unit is one of the most compact automotive light clusters available on any car today. Similar technology can be seen on the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid, illustrating how premium components from the Brand's larger vehicles are now appearing on its smallest model.

A sporty roof spoiler is standard across the range and houses the high-level brake light. This design feature also helps improve the car's aerodynamic performance; the Cd value has come down from 0.34 on the 107 to 0.29 on the 108.

Inside, the seat quality, comfort and support have been improved dramatically when compared to the 107. The driver's seat is now height-adjustable on all but Access trim, and on three-door models both front seats gain a memory function. This means they will always return to the same position when tilted forward to allow passengers into the rear. The rear bench seat splits 50:50 for additional practicality, and each side can be folded using a separate fabric handle accessible from the boot. Two rear seat ISOFIX child seat fixing points are standard on the Peugeot 108.

Another practical innovation is the new parcel shelf. Gone is the solid unit of the outgoing model, replaced by a neat fabric cover which conveniently lies flat against the inside of the hatchback glass when the boot is open. As the boot is pulled down, the cover cleverly pivots to the horizontal, hiding whatever is below. The 108 also features twin gas struts for additional stability when open, compared to the single support on the 107.

Premium features are part of the 108 ownership experience. On all but the entry level Access trim, the car comes with a multi-function steering wheel, allowing drivers to keep their hands and eyes where they should be as they travel. For comfort, air conditioning is standard from level two. A reversing camera built into the rear bumper, just above the number plate is standard on level three Allure models.

The interior cockpit sees a marked improvement in material quality, fit and finish. The dashboard has been deliberately styled around the central stack, which includes a 7-inch touch-screen in level two and three models. The bright, easy-to-read main instrument binnacle is attached to the top of the rake-adjustable steering wheel housing and so moves with it for the perfect view.

Taking the driver into a new era of connectivity, the launch of the new Peugeot 108 sees the introduction of MirrorLinkTM technology to the brand. The Mirror Screen function allows the touchscreen to become a mirror image of any smartphone using Android, Windows, RIM or iOS. The driver can operate a smartphone from the car's touch screen. Ivo Groën, said: "Connectivity was a key point for 108, which wasn't the case with the 107 because no one had a smartphone. For 108 it's about your smartphone but in the middle of the dashboard. We wanted a very simple design horizontally and to have the vertical interface with connectivity. Everything else was built around that."

The 108 range is made up of four efficient three-cylinder power units: a 1.0-litre e-VTi 68bhp 5-speed manual (88g/km CO2 Stop & Start), a 1.0-litre VTi 68bhp 5-speed manual (95g/km CO2), a 1.0-litre VTi 68bhp 5-speed electronic (97g/km CO2) and a new 1.2-litre PureTech VTi 82bhp 5-speed manual (99g/km CO2). Each works to take advantage of the lightness of the Peugeot 108, which weighs from just 840kg, to provide occupants with the perfect balance between road-holding and comfort.

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 standard braking system includes 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 108's Design Director, Ivo Groën, concluded: "Throughout history Peugeots have been very simple and classy, but also sporty, dynamic and elegant. I believe we have achieved this with the Peugeot 108."

Standard equipment and prices for the new Peugeot 108 will be announced closer to launch, in late 2014. It will come to market in Ireland with a five year warranty.