In its first new car reveal since the C4 Cactus in 2014, Citroën has unveiled a new version of its C3 model that is “brimming over with an exuberant freshness and optimism”. Unveiled at a global launch event in Lyon, the new C3 becomes a fresh competitor for the Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta.
Available to order from January 2017 in the UK, the new C3 takes inspiration from the C4 Cactus by implementing its innovative Airbump technology. The similarity doesn’t stop there as they share ultra slim daytime running lights placed above the main headlights; however, unlike the Cactus, the new C3 neatly integrates the chrome double chevron badge into the light design, maintaining its characteristic grill.
In a growing trend, Citroën have created a host of customisable features including body colour, roof colour, interior theme, and colours for foglamps, wing mirrors, rear C pillar graphic and the car’s Airbumps. They claim that the range will offer a total of 36 different colour combinations with nine body colours and three roof colours to choose from. Citroën are also offering four interior themes from the “uncluttered” Metropolitan Grey advocating simplicity and brightness to the “trendy” Colorado Hype.
The focus on customisation is seen by many as an attempt to target a younger demographic. This claim is further strengthened by the world premiere of the ConnectedCAM, which is a two-megapixel, GPS enabled camera fitted behind the rear-view mirror to film what the driver sees through the car windscreen. Primarily, this feature is able to record any traffic incidents or accidents, being activated in an impact and storing the preceding 30 seconds and the following 60 seconds. However, with one click of a button, the driver is also able to safely take exterior photos and videos and share them on social media.
The new Citroën C3 also comes equipped with Hill-Start Assist, a blind spot monitoring system, a reversing camera and a navigation system. Within the navigation system sits the infotainment system which will initially support Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, with Android Auto functionality expected to be included in early 2017.
In terms of design, a panoramic sunroof has been included to provide both the driver and passengers with an exceptionally bright interior. At 3.99 metres long, the new C3 has retained its compact nature and its 300 litre boot is competitive in the supermini class.
Three PureTech three cylinder petrol engines (68, 82 and 110) will be offered alongside two manual diesel BlueHDi (75 and 100) alternatives. Each of these engines will have Stop & Start technology and provide driving pleasure performance coupled with fuel economy.
Much like its predecessor, the new C3 will continue to be offered as a five-door only. Although there is no official confirmation, we can expect pricing for this mid-range model to mirror that of the outgoing model’s, with a starting figure around £11,000.