- Bright colours, feisty performance, clever gear
- 3.6-million units sold since original launch back in 2002
- Five-door that ‘delivers new levels of advanced comfort’
Just in from Citroën… The next version of the the brand’s C3 supermini has just been launched in Europe by the iconic French automaker with the comment “a fresh, bold and colourful B-segment, five-door that delivers new levels of advanced comfort and personality to the sector”.
The cars are due for release, in Europe at least, in early 2017.
Take a look at our pictures and you’ll agree that the car is smart, modern, colourful and promises a fun drive.
The C3 has sold more than 3.6-million units since its original launch back in 2002; this the latest model, Citroën says, is highly customisable right out of the box and has the very latest automotive technologies and a highlight of the features will surely be the world premiere for ConnectedCAM Citroën, an on-board HD camera that allows drivers to share their road-trip photos and videos directly with friends and family.
The car, Citroën says, “embodies all the company’s core values” and lists them thusly and in their own words:
OPTIMISTIC: The C3 combines a characteristically Citroën front with soft lines, flowing curves and striking colour schemes to deliver a powerful and energetic look.
CUSTOMISABLE: It is audacious and full of personality to ensure each owner can create a look that suits his or her individual style.
There’s a two-tone paint option with a choice of three roof colours and complementary touches of colour for the fog lights, external mirrors, rear quarter-panels and Airbump panels. There’s a choice of four interiors, each delivering a spacious, yet intimate, feel, thanks to the shape of the seats and an uncluttered facia.
HUMAN: The car is focused on the well-being of everybody on board, starting with comfortable seats, a glass sunroof, colours and fabrics inspired by travel and home interior design, a 19cm touchscreen that groups all key vehicle functions and a keyless entry and ignition system.
Among the car’s driving aids are voice-controlled 3D satnav, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
Citroën calls its engines PureTech (petrol) and BlueHDi (diesel) and an automatic gearbox is available.
Citroën CEO, Linda Jackson, told The Corner in a media release: “The New C3 has all the Citroën values and all the qualities to give the brand new impetus, especially important as the previous model accounted for almost one in five sales in Europe. It’s a comfortable car with real personality and will appeal to new customers looking for a modern car with character.”
Xavier Peugeot, Citroën product director, added: “With its unique body style, personalised features and connectivity, the new C3 is a bold, fresh, modern car. It illustrates the ongoing Citroën product offensive.”
The new C3, the automaker says, has the two-tier front lights signature synonymous with Citroën. Double chromed strips extend from the brand chevrons to the diode daytime running lights and the front bumper blends into the bodywork to make the car look higher and wider “for a go-anywhere look”.
In fact the roof is 40mm lower than the model it replaces.
“Black windscreen pillars,” Citroën adds, “create a modern ‘floating roof’ profile and at the rear the generous muscular wings give the car a dynamic appearance, an impression accentuated by the very short overhang.”
The Airbump panels (air-filled bumps with a scratch-proof surface, as seen on C4 Cactus) have become a Citroën signature feature. The thermoplastic polyurethane material, the automaker says, resist everyday degradation through sunlight, water and scratches.
“Cabin space,” Citroën says, “is heightened by the horizontal facia which runs across the full width of the vehicle. The interior trim design and the shape of the chromed air vents combine to enhance the perception of width.”
Buyers can order their car with a wide choice of cabin finishes. “Some elements.” the automaker explains, “can be painted, wrapped with textile or plastic lining (with or without stitching) and finished with chrome or coloured touches.
“The finish is designed to match the seat material.”
There’s also a choice of nine body colours (White, Black, Grey, Steel, Red, Green, Blue, Orange and Sand) and three roof colours (White, Black or Red). Citroën says there are 36 possible combinations.
Several cabin styles are also available:
Standard – uncluttered and neutral with yellow over-stitched upholstery.
Metropolitan Grey – a warm and bright alternative, with soft colours and textiles, on the facia trim as well as the upholstery.
Urban Red – a combination of dark and bright colours. Facia trim features red over-stitching and a red surround.
Hype Colorado – soft upmarket materials and special upholstery for a colour-contrast effect and a two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The car claims to be particularly agile with a 10.7m turning circle and the five-door, five-seat C3 measures only 3.99m yet the boot volume is 300 litres and the glove box is the biggest in its class.
More on the ConnectedCAM… images come in through a 120-degree lens on the unit that’s mounted on the front side of the rear-view mirror and are stored on 16GB of internal memory. It has, Citroën says, two main purposes:
1. The driver can click a button to take keepsake images for later sharing on social media or a longer press will capture video for up to 20 seconds. Stored content can be accessed with a free app.
2. The video system switches on instantly in the event of a crash and will run for up to 90 seconds. Such video can be used as evidence should a court case or insurance claim follow.
There’s a choice of three PureTech three-cylinder petrol engines with manual transmission: PureTech 50, 61 and 82kW (stop/start) and two manual diesels: BlueHDi 55kW (stop/start) and 74kW (stop/start).
A six-speed auto box is available.
The cars’ satnav does more than just show the way to somewhere: it can be voice- or touch-controlled, links with connected services such as TomTom Traffic, geolocation and (in Europe, where retail prices are not controlled) price details for service stations and car parks, weather forecasts, and points of interest.
There is also an optional ‘danger zones’ function for road blackspots.
The reversing camera, with parking aids, is automatic and displays on the same 19cm screen as the satnav; lane departure warning and blind-spot monitors are available and the car tells the driver to take a break every two hours.