All-new Citroen C3

Builds on the success of the C4 Cactus – and gets the same AirBump treatment…
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June 30, 2016
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This is the all-new Citroen C3 and as you will no doubt have noticed, it is sporting the AirBump protection panels on the body just like the quirky C4 Cactus. We’ve never been too keen on them because they don’t only look really weird but what happens if a car or shopping trolley or whatever bumps into the bits of the body that aren’t protected? That’s right – it gets a bit nasty dent. So, unless the entire car is coated with the protection panels (that’d look really nice…), you’ll still get dings on the body.

Anyway, the newbie also gets plastic cladding on the wheel arches, slimmer lights which flank the grille with the main headlights sitting just below them. It also has DS3-inspired taillights and a slightly curved roof.  You can opt from 36 possible colour combinations for the new supermini with nine body colours and three for the roof. Joining the extensive exterior palette are four interior themes one of which is Urban Red and this one adds a red dash panel finish and red stitching. The cabin gets conventional dials, a lower-mounted touchscreen display and face-level air vents but the highlight is a 3D satellite navigation system which also has real-time traffic information. Other technical highlights are a rearview camera, the brand’s SOS service with live assistance, blind spot warning, hill start assist and driver fatigue warning. The options include something social media fans will no doubt enjoy called ConnectedCam. This system uses a wide-angle camera, GPS and Web connection to send images, at a single click, to social media networks. 

Power will come from a lineup comprising the PureTech 67 horsepower, 81 horsepower and 108 horsepower three-cylinder petrol units along with the BlueHDi 74 horsepower and 99 horsepower diesels and a choice of either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.