Citroen C3 super miniBy Phillip Shoulder
March 12, 2013
Citroën’s updated C3 supermini has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
Chief exterior changes include a restyled front end with updated chevrons and bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights, while the rear sees redesigned tail light clusters. There’s a new Ink-blue paint option, too.
Inside boasts a revised instrument cluster, backlit in white, while other cabin features include new dashboard strips; available in black, brown or grey.
Optional equipment includes a reversing camera, audio/navigation system, incorporating USB and Bluetooth, and an integrated air-freshener.
The C3’s trademark Zenith windscreen - which runs back into the roof to improve visibility - remains available on the new model. The screen also provides solar protection at the top, to reduce glare.
Engine options include the new-generation PureTech 3-cylinder petrol with a 1.0 or 1.2-litre capacity, offering fuel consumption, between 62.8 and 65.7mpg, and CO2 emissions between 99 and 104g/km.
This sees an improvement in efficiency of around 25% over the old 1.1i, 1.2 VTi and 1.4 VTi motors they replace. Power on all engines has also increased by 15%.
A 118 bhp 1.6-litre petrol is also available, in addition to four diesels, three of which utilise the brand’s micro-hybrid e-HDi technology, incorporating a more sophisticated Stop/Start system.
The most efficient e-HDi 70 versions emit a low 87g/km of CO2.
The revised C3 is expected to go on sale later this spring, with a starting price of around £11,000.