This week, amid much Parisian hoo-ha, the all-new Citroën C3 hatchback was revealed. It’s so funky different, the bridge club shuttle will never be the same again!
Originally launched in 2002, the outgoing Citroën C3 has already sold more than 3.6 million units. Somewhat naturally, Citroën is hoping to continue that success with the new, no-not-a-facelift Citroën C3. It’s bold and colourful and a bit wacky. In the same way that Audi does subtle, nobody does wacky like Citroën does wacky.
The new B-segment C3 escapes from its bridge club pigeon hole into a bright new world with the very latest automotive technologies, including a world premiere for ConnectedCAM – an on-board HD camera that allows drivers to share their road-trip photos and videos directly with friends and family.
Three PureTech three-cylinder petrol engines will be offered. PureTech 68, 82 and 110 Stop & Start are all paired with a standard six-speed manual gearbox. There will also be two manual diesel powertrains: a BlueHDi 75 Stop & Start and 100 Stop & Start. The company will also offer the new EAT6 six-speed automatic transmission for the C3 range.
The Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa will remain as direct rivals but unlike those, the C3 is available with five doors only: there’s no three-door model.
Like the C4 Cactus, the new C3 has slim daytime running lights above its main headlights – an arrangement that gives it an aggressive appearance. It also has the distinctive door-mounted ‘Airbumps’, designed to protect the bodywork from runaway shopping trolleys and the like.
The new C3 is based on the upgraded ‘Platform A’, which is closely related to the structure under the DS 3 and the C4 Cactus. It’s still compact at 3.99m long, but there’s an extra 2cm of shoulder room and a decent 300-litre boot.
The C3’s interior is similar to that of the C4 Cactus, but arguably better organised. It gets conventional dials and a lower-mounted central touch screen. The air vents are now mounted at face level and the centre console storage looks more useable. The C3’s seats are said to be a step on from those used in the Cactus, thanks to their two-stage foam padding. Citroën is also promising class-leading sound proofing.
With ‘customisation’ the current industry buzzword, Citroën will be pushing extensive customisation with the C3, offering nine body colours and three roof colours, for 36 possible colour combinations. There will be four interior themes, including Urban Red, which gets red stitching and a red dash panel finish.
It’s enough to get the bridge club crying over their Horlicks.
UK sales are expected to start in January next year, with pricing yet unannounced. However, the current C3 model starts from £11,280.