Fabric roof is option in new Top! version of 108

Fabric roof is option in new Top! version of 108

Peugeot's replacement for the jurassic 107, the 108, will come in hatchback and Top! versions, the latter with retractable fabric roof.

Like its predecessor it will be built - starting next May - in the Kolin plant in the Czech Republic shared with Citroen and Toyota so stand by for near identical C1 and Aygo replacements any day now, ahead of Geneva show debuts.

The new car is 3.47m long and 1.62m with turning circle of just 9.6m.

LED daytime running lights are standard.

The car retains its predecessor's glass tailgate and five-door versions the swing-out, rather than wind-down, rear door windows.

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.

A seven-inch touch-screen, a starter button coupled with the optional open and go system and automatic air conditioning will be available.

The electric fabric roof – 80cm wide and 76cm long can be opened to any position and an aero-acoustic deflector is deployed automatically to reduce cabin turbulence.

Personalisation options include eight shades including a golden copper and violet.

Reserved for the three-door hatchback are two versions of two-tone paint, Purple Berry and Zircon Grey, or Diamond White and Aïkinite. There are three fabric roof colours – black, grey or purple.

There are seven personalisation themes, three interior combinations and a choice of six trims.

Standard from Active trim, the seven-inch display is the interface for the audio system, trip computer and for vehicle settings, and a Bluetooth smartphone connector.

The user can connect the phone’s applications that are compatible with use in a vehicle using 'Mirror Screen' using MirrorLink technology for telephones running on Android, RIM and Windows and AppInCar for telephones running on Apple’s iOS.

It means the touch-screen in the 108 becomes a mirror image of the connected smartphone. The driver then operates their smartphone from the car’s touch-screen. Depending on the telephone connected, applications can also be operated by voice commands using a voice recognition system.

Access to applications is managed differently according to the state of the vehicle. For example, when the car is moving, the driver can only use applications such as navigation, or those for infotainment. This includes the brand’s internet radio station.

There are four three cylinder engines: 1.0-litre e-VTi 68bhp 5-speed manual – 88g/km CO2 stop & start; 1.0-litre VTi  68bhp 5-speed manual – 95g/km CO2; 1.0-litre VTi 68bhp 5-speed electronic automated manual – 97g/km CO2; and 1.2-litre PureTech VTi 82bhp 5-speed manual – 99g/km CO2.

The braking system includes ABS, electronic brake force distribution, emergency collision braking system and switchable ESP as standard. Stopping power comes from 247mm ventilated discs at the front and 200mm drums at the rear.