Citroen flags a refined C3
Citroen believes everything looks bright out of its big windscreen, writes Stuart Martin.
ASHARPER pencil has been taken to the Citroen price list for the new C3, which will go on sale wearing a sub-$20,000 price tag. The French car maker has released some pricing and specification information ahead of the new light car’s showroom debut later this month.
Citroen makes the somewhat odd boast that the top-spec model has ‘‘the largest windscreen ever seen on a small car’’, the panoramic Zenith windscreen, 35 per cent larger than a normal windscreen.
Prices will start from $19,990 for the C3 VT manual-only, the VTR+ will retail from $23,490 for the petrol/auto or $23,990 for the turbodiesel/manual.
The C3 Exclusive flagship in petrol/ auto will be priced from $25,990 or the turbodiesel/manual model will retail from $26,490.
The incoming C3 will go head to head with the Peugeot 207 and Renault’s Clio as well as the Polo from Volkswagen and Ford’s inbound Thaibuilt Fiesta.
Citroen says the C3 will be more refined than its predecessor, with three times as much sound-absorbent material as the outgoing vehicle.
The new car measures 3940mm long, 1730mm wide and 1520mm tall and will offer 300 litres of boot space despite being shorter than much of its competition.
The little hatchback sat fourth – behind the C4, C5 and Berlingo – in terms of sales at the end of last year and instead of where perhaps it should be. In 2008, it sat second behind the C4, a position to which Citroen believes it can return with the new model.
Citroen Australia general manager Miles Williams says the C3 has been an integral part of the company’s Australian line-up and the outgoing model’s supply dried up in May.
‘‘We have a considerable pent-up demand for the new model . . . we have, therefore, released details of the prices and specifications ahead of the arrival of the new model so that customers can start selecting and ordering their new C3,’’ he says.
The new car has been built with the brief of lower weight, better a e r o d y n a mi c s and lower emissions.
The range will be offered with two petrol powerplants and one turbodiesel. The 1.6-litre 16-valve unit, producing 66kW and 215Nm while claiming a combined fuel use figure of 4.3 litres/100km, will be teamed with a five-speed manual for the Exclusive model.
The two petrol engines on offer will be a 54kW/118Nm 1.4-litre 16-valve petrol engine in the VT, teamed only with a five-speed manual.
The new C3 range will have a sixspeaker sound system – with the option of an upgraded eight-speaker set-up; Bluetooth phone/audio link and a USB port are available on the options list for all models bar the Exclusive.
The new C3 safety features list will include stability control, anti-lock brakes and up to six airbags.
The entry-level VT model has 15in steel wheels, an MP3-compatible sound system with wheel-mounted c o n t r o l s , a i r c o n d i t i o n i n g , p o wer - adjustable mirrors, front power windows and a trip computer.
The VTR+ adds curtain airbags, front fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cooled glove box and cruise control with speed limiter.