Geneva LIVE: 2014 Peugeot 108

The Peugeot 108 is considerably more upmarket than its predecessor.

France's Peugeot has unveiled the new 108 city car at the Geneva Motor Show.

Keeping in line with Peugeot's upmarket push, the 108 is considerably more refined than the 107 it replaces. It gains an all-new exterior design that borrows styling cues such as a floating radiator grille, angular headlights and claw-shaped tail lamps from the recently-introduced 308. All but the lowest trim levels come standard with alloy wheels, and a large catalog of stickers and other aesthetic add-ons will allows buyers to personalize their car.

The 108 is offered as a three-door and a five-door hatchback. A full cloth roof that opens or closes at the push of a button is offered at an extra cost.

Interior shots are being kept under wraps until the start of the Geneva show but Peugeot says the cockpit features higher-quality materials and a full panoply of high-tech equipment in order to help justify the price increase over the outgoing model. A height-adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control a seven-inch touch screen and six airbags are all fitted as standard.

Mechanically, the 108 is offered with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that generates 68 horsepower or a 1.2-liter three-cylinder unit rated at 82 ponies. These figures are far from impressive on paper but they should prove more than adequate behind the wheel as the 108 tips the scale at just 1,850 pounds.

Both engines send power to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission

After greeting the show-going public in Geneva, the Peugeot 108 will go on sale across Europe next summer and fight head-to-head against the new, rear-engined Renault Twingo. Pricing information will be published closer to its launch.

Like the outgoing 107, the 108 was developed jointly by PSA Peugeot-Citroën and Toyota. Peugeot gets the honor of presenting its city car before its industrial partners but expect the Toyota- and Citroën-badged variants to arrive in the coming months.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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