Peugeot emergency call kit added to 208

Peugeot Connect SOS is already available on Peugeot’s larger family car range including the five-seat 3008, the larger 5008 crossover and the 508 saloon and estate.

The technology is also available on the new Peugeot 308 as an optional extra on higher trim levels.

Peugeot Connect SOS can be manually triggered by pressing a button or turns on automatically when the airbags are deployed; a sure-fire sign the car has been involved in an accident.

The system automatically opens a telephone connection with the emergency services and can even use satellite navigation to trace the place where the accident has taken place.

Peugeot says the equipment could be the ‘difference between life and death’ and says the system would save up to 2,500 lives a year if all cars in Europe were equipped with Peugeot Connect SOS or similar technology, according to a recent European commission survey.

However, for now the technology will be extended into the all-new Peugeot 208 range, the hatchback designed to challenge the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa at the top of the sales charts in the UK.

It is set to be included in higher-spec versions of the new Peugeot 208, which goes on sale in the UK in June. New Peugeot 208 prices start from £9,995 for entry-level, three-door models at Peugeot UK dealerships.

The Peugeot Connect SOS will also be available on the 2+2 seat Peugeot RCZ coupe, where it is expected to be available on SR trim levels and above, as it is on the likes of the Peugeot 3008 crossover and 5008.

So far 650,000 Peugeot cars have been fitted with the system and 5,300 emergency calls have been made.