Price and specification details for the forthcoming Peugeot 108 have been announced, with the city car starting from £8,245 when it goes on sale in the UK at the beginning of July.
That’ll get you the entry-level 1.0-litre three-door in Access trim, with prices rising to £12,245 for the 1.2-litre five-door cabrio.
As with the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo it was developed alongside, the peel-back fabric roof is new to the 2014 French city car. 108 models featuring the retractable ceiling will be labelled TOP! to mark them out from the standard hatch.
Four trim options will be offered – Access, Active, Allure and Feline – although cabrio models are only going to be sold in mid-range Active and Allure spec.
Kicking off the range is Access (£8,245) trim, available on three-door models only, with standard kit including LED daytime running lights, remote central locking, six airbags, ESP stability control and a USB socket.
Opting for Active (£9,495) adds body-coloured door mirrors and handles, air conditioning, DAB digital radio, seven-inch infotainment system with Mirror Screen and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as steering mounted controls and electric front windows.
Meanwhile, selecting the Active trim for the equivalent TOP! variant will add £850 to the basic price, meaning the cabriolet starts at £10,345.
Allure (£10,995) improves on the Active spec with 15-inch Thorren alloy wheels, front fog lights, auto headlights, heated door mirrors, a reversing camera, keyless entry, a stop-start engine button and tinted rear windows, alongside leather steering wheel and gear knob.
Peugeot also offers a flagship Feline trim for the hatchback, which apparently “adds a touch of luxury” with leather upholstery, chrome door handles and mirrors, and automatic dual zone air-con.
Both the 108 Hatch and TOP! go on sale with a choice of two petrol engines, a 68bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit and Peugeot’s new 1.2-litre PureTech VTi capable of 82bhp. Each promises to emit less than 100g/km of CO2. Power will reach the front wheels via a five-speed manual, although customers can choose a semi-automatic gearbox on the 1.0-litre engine.
On top of the four trim levels, Peugeot is encouraging customers to personalise their car thanks to a choice of eight bold body colours and three different roof shades. Additional Diamond, Kilt, Barcode, Dressy, Tattoo and Sport themes are available for £350, while two-tone Purple Berry/Zircon Grey paint costs £850.
The new 108 doesn’t just feature extra kit and more scope for personalisation, as Peugeot has also worked on improving practicality over the outgoing 107.
For starters, boot space is up to 196 litres – an increase of 57 litres on the current model – with the loading lip 20mm lower for easier access.
The French manufacturer has also revised the parcel shelf design for the 108, replacing the solid unit with a fabric cover. This lies flat against the glass when the rear hatch is open, moving to a horizontal position to conceal the boot’s contents when the lid is closed.
Although only top-spec Allure and Feline trim get a reversing camera as standard, all models feature 50:50 folding rear seats, with each side collapsed using separate fabric handles located in the boot.
The driver’s seat is now height-adjustable on all but entry-level Access trim, too. For three-door models, the front seats likewise gain a memory function, designed to guarantee they will return to their original positions if tilted forward when accessing the rear seats.
Inside the cabin, there’s also added storage space in the form of a lid for the glovebox, which includes a horizontal cut-out section intended to hold a one-litre drinks bottle.