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Another funky new city car for a Geneva show debut – it’s the Peugeot 108, of which the first details and pics have been let loose. 108 Hatchback and 108 Top! versions have been announced – the latter has a retractable fabric roof that measures 760 mm long and 800 mm wide.

Looking a lot like a mini 208, the Peugeot 108 comes in three- or five-door forms. Announced powertrains are a 68 hp 1.0 litre VTi (five-speed manual/five-speed EGC, with/without stop-start) and an 82 hp 1.2 litre PureTech VTi (five-speed manual) – both three-cylinder engines.

Kerb weight starts at 840 kg, while the running gear has been developed around a pseudo-MacPherson front axle and a deformable rear beam. 165/65 R14 or 165/60 R15 wheel-tyre combos are available; so is a tyre pressure monitoring system. There’s electric power steering, too.

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Standard safety features include six airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, Emergency Collision Braking, Hill Start Assist and Isofix. Brakes are 247 mm ventilated discs up front and 200 mm drums out back.

We have no interior photos as of yet, but Peugeot mentions a cowled speedo housing that’s “part of the steering column,” an LCD screen that’s “arranged concentrically,” as well as a rev counter and gear indicator on either side of the speedo housing. Behind the steering wheel are speed limiter controls.

The steering column is height-adjustable, and so is the driver’s seat. There’s a seven-inch touch-screen (Bluetooth, navigation, colour reverse camera) and auto air-con.

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On the 108 Top!, the control switch for the fabric roof is located above the rear-view mirror. The opening can be adjusted to any position, and an aero-acoustic deflector is automatically deployed.

Something called Mirror Screen turns the car’s touch-screen into a mirror image of your connected smartphone. You then operate your phone from the touch-screen, and you can also use apps through voice commands.

The boot holds 196 litres with the tyre repair kit and 180 litres with the spare wheel. Fold the 50/50-split back seats down and you get 750 litres of storage. The loading sill is 770 mm off the ground, with a metre-wide space between the wheel arches.

Lots of room for personalisation, of course – eight body colours, two dual-tone paint jobs (Purple Berry/Zircon Grey, Diamond White/Aikinite), three fabric roof colours, seven personalisation themes, three interior ambiences and six trims.