New C3 supermini aims to recapture the wow factor
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.