Citroen takes covers off all-new C3, coming early 2017
Citroen has revealed what the third-generation Citroen C3 will look like. Expected in showrooms early next year, the new model marks a complete departure from its forebear’s styling and gets its looks from the latest C1 and C4 Cactus.
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The outgoing model has been around since 2009, so the C3 is due a major update. On the face of it at least, the new look suggests the company has pulled it off. The new model should help Citroen find a place in the competitive hatchback market, but it will have its work cut out against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and refreshed Renault Clio.
From the front, the quirky looks have their roots in other Citroens, with low-lying headlights flanked by a thin line of daytime running lights, similar to the C4 Grand Picasso. Looking on from the side however, confirms it gets ‘Air bumps’ – previously seen on only the C4 Cactus.
It’s clear it belongs among the smaller cars in Citroen’s range though, thanks to the same flowing lines and rear light design as the C1. There will be a choice between nine colours at launch, with two-tone paint featuring among the customisable options, resulting in 36 paint combinations in total.
There will be four interior styles to choose from, with Citroen claiming to have created a safe, uncluttered “living area” in each. All interiors will feature a horizontal dashboard that has a minimalist look – there are few buttons, with drivers operating most controls via the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system – standard fitment on all models.
Brand-new tech also features in the cabin and sees Citroen introducing its ConnectedCAM system for the first time. A camera in the rear view mirror records photos and videos that can be uploaded to social media immediately, using the car’s infotainment system. The camera also doubles up as a safety feature – it will record evidence in the case of a crash.
Few technical details of the C3 have been released yet, but we can expect the new model to feature Citroen’s Puretech petrol and BlueHDi diesels, all of which will be efficient and frugal. The 1.6-litre diesel engine available in the C4 Cactus for example can muster up to 80mpg in 100bhp form.
The base model is likely to feature the 68bhp 1.0-litre Puretech petrol engine, which can achieve up to 53mpg.
Personality and character
Citroën CEO, Linda Jackson, said: “The New C3 has all the Citroën values and all the qualities to give the brand new impetus, which is especially important as the previous model accounted for almost one in five sales in Europe.
A comfortable car with real personality, it is set to appeal to new customers looking for a modern car with character.”
There’s no official release date yet but it’ll be in showrooms early 2017, meaning order books should be open by the end of this year.