The all-new Citroen C3 has been unveiled in Lyon and brings with it an ‘audacious design’ and ‘personality’ in the hope of both maintaining current customers as well as attracting new buyers to further increase sales of what already is one of the manufacturer’s best selling cars, with 3.5 million units sold since 2002.
Citroen claim this new incarnation’s fresh and unique design approach is what will set this hatchback apart from it’s competition and will attract new, younger buyers. The styling of the new C3 is modern and striking, using similar design language to that found with the likes of the C4 Cactus. The contemporary design serves as just a template, however, with an array of customisation options to set your C3 apart from the rest. The two-tone exterior offers a choice of three colours for the roof and nine for the body, as well as colour options for the fog lamps, wing mirrors, rear C-pillar graphics and the optional Airbumps. Overall, there are 36 different colour combinations for the new C3. Inside, there is also the option of four different mood packs, whilst overall space is plentiful and feels spacious thanks to an ergonomic dashboard, alongside a respectable 300-litre boot capacity. Citroen say the C3 is designed to make the driver feel as if they are at home whilst driving. The panoramic sunroof bathes the cabin in natural light, whilst the car’s functions are accessible through a 7-inch touchscreen.
The C3 also boats a host of technology, including the premiere of Citroen ConnectedCam – an integrated HD camera which films your journey and is then available to share on social media. It also has more practical uses such as evidence in the event of an accident. Other technologies include 3D connected navigation with speech recognition, reversing camera, lane departure alert and blind spot monitoring.
Although exact figures are yet to be confirmed, Citroen promise high levels of efficiency for both the PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines, both of which can be twinned with the EAT6 automatic transmission – a six-speed manual transmission comes as standard. The full engine line-up consists of three 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engines, producing 67bhp, 81bhp and 109bhp. Whereas the 1.6-litre diesels produce either 74bhp or 99bhp. Stop-start is available across the range as standard.
The new Citroen C3 is both modest yet quirky in it’s form and will certainly stand out from the crowd. Design cues such as the signature Airbumps and sleek front fascia prove the car will appeal to this who value both style and design. Like it’s predecessor, it will only be available in a 5-door guise when it hits show rooms in the UK at the beginning of next year, with prices expected to be similar to that of the outgoing model, starting around the £11,000 mark.