New C3 su­per­mini aims to re­cap­ture the wow fac­tor

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS - STEVE TEALE

RE­MEM­BER THE first Citroen C3? It was a ‘wow’ car in its day with its rounded styling and high driv­ing po­si­tion. It was keenly priced and it sold well.

But Citroen left it cook­ing for too long and didn’t re­place it quickly enough, mean­ing it was over­taken by smarter and fresher ri­vals.

But, Citroen fans, fear not: a new C3 will be here in the new year. New C3 goes on sale on Jan­uary 3 and a tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign be­gan on Box­ing Day.

It looks rad­i­cal, hav­ing bor­rowed the ‘Air­bump’ door panel trims from the Cac­tus range, and it is well priced start­ing from £10,995.

A Citroen spokesman said: “This lat­est Citroen su­per­mini brings new lev­els of ad­vanced com­fort, the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and an ar­ray of per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions to the su­per­mini sec­tor.”

In fact, com­fort is a key fea­ture. Pre­vi­ous C3 was a tall car which didn’t al­ways cor­ner or han­dle as well as other cars in its class. But the new model aims to be a big im­prove­ment on the road.

C3 also sees the world pre­miere of Con­nect­edCAM Citroen, which fea­tures an in­te­grated on-board HD cam­era that can in­stantly share pic­tures and videos via social me­dia.

It has three roof colours and nine body colours avail­able mean­ing it has 36 colour com­bi­na­tions to choose from.

With more than 3.6m ex­am­ples sold glob­ally since the first-gen­er­a­tion C3 was launched in 2002, in­clud­ing 200,000 in the UK alone, Citroen is op­ti­mistic about the new car.

The Air­bump fea­tures aim to not only look good, but to guard against ev­ery­day dents and scrapes. The pan­els, which are op­tional, can be spec­i­fied with a white or red mo­tif.

The Citroen Ad­vanced Com­fort pro­gramme de­liv­ers ‘a sense of seren­ity, com­fort and calm’ in­side the cabin. It has more com­fort­able seats and ex­tends to the panoramic glass sun­roof that fills the car with nat­u­ral light. C3 has one of the most spa­cious cab­ins in the su­per­mini sec­tor and pro­vides 22mm more rear legroom than the pre­vi­ous model, and a 300-litre boot.

NEW LOOK: The new Citroen C3 bor­rows the Air­bump door trims pi­o­neered on the Cac­tus range, which pro­tect from scrapes.

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