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Facelifted Citroen C3 makes an apperance in Geneva

 Facelifted Citroen C3 makes an apperance in Geneva
2013 Citroen C3 facelift at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Minor improvements for a stylish supermini

Citroën has presented a mild facelift for the C3 supermini this week in Geneva.

The French designer didn't fiddle a lot with the C3's design as the facelift brings minor revisions to head/taillights and both bumpers, with the front one incorporating LED daytime running lights. A "Zenith" windscreen extending to the roof is available for those who want better visibility.

On the inside Citroën is offering more upholstery options, chrome detailing, as well as a soft-touch thermo-coated dashboard. For more money clients can opt for a reversing camera and parking sensors.

Power comes from the same 1.0- and 1.2-liter three-cylinder engines producing 68 HP (50 kW) and 82 HP (60 kW), respectively. There's also a more potent VTi 120 pumping out 120 HP (88 kW) which can get a manual or an automatic gearbox.

Source: Citroen
  • World premiere of newly restyled Citroën C3 at Geneva Motor Show
  • New styling, interior designs, technology & improved engine performance
  • PureTech petrol engines offer 15% power increase & 25% cut in fuel consumption
  • Almost 3 million Citroën C3 models sold worldwide since 2002

The new Citroën C3 will make its world debut at the 83rd Geneva Motor Show next month. Having sold almost 3 million examples since the model’s launch in 2002, this already popular model now has fresh features to strengthen and enhance its appeal.

This latest Citroën C3, which is set for launch in early summer 2013 in the UK, reasserts its unique qualities with;

  • ‘Créative Technologie’ in the shape of the panoramic Zenith windscreen, a proven success with customers that provides best-in-class visibility
  • Efficient engines to deliver CO2 emissions as low as 87g/km, with the option of the brand’s new PureTech 3-cylinder petrol powerplants that deliver up to 15% more power and a 25% reduction in fuel consumption compared to the previous generation 4-cylinder units they replace
  • More personality with assertive styling, a revitalised front end and new tail lights
  • Even more occupant comfort with enhanced upholstery choices and new equipment including areversing camera to make manoeuvres easier

UNIQUE PERSONALITY WITH NEW STYLING

The exterior of the new Citroën C3 combines soft curves with dynamic taut lines. A restyled front end creates a new ‘face’ with updated chevrons and bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights. There are expressive new tail light clusters combined with new reflectors set underneath the rear bumper. A new Ink blue body paint is also available, expanding the range’s palette to a total of nine colours.

Inside, the cabin is finely crafted with top-quality materials, including chrome detailing and a thermo-coated soft-touch dashboard. This can be underlined with new dashboard strips in matt black, a warm brown or Moondust grey, which coordinate with the new style upholstery. The instrument cluster is also backlit in white for a contemporary look and easier-to-read driving information.

COMPACT YET SPACIOUS

One of the most compact vehicles in its segment - 3.94m long & 1.71m wide - with a 10.8m turning circle, the new C3 is perfectly proportioned for city driving, and also offers a spacious and practical interior.

The 300-litre boot is among the largest in its class and there is an abundance of storage compartments, including in the central console, glove box and central armrest. The semi-high seats make for easy access and give occupants a commanding view of their surroundings.

OFFERING NEW AUTOMOTIVE EXPERIENCES

The new Citroën C3 retains the unique Zenith windscreen - a standout feature of the model - which provides best-in-segment visibility and is a true technological feat for a whole new driving experience. The Zenith windscreen increases the upward field of vision for front passengers by 80° and combines with ultra-slim pillars to give a panoramic view of the road ahead. The screen also provides solar protection at the top, which gradually merges into clear glass for an optimum field of vision.

Engineered for comfort on the road, with a cabin that is well insulated against external noise and vibration, the new Citroën C3 is even available with an integrated air freshener that gives all occupants a real sense of well-being.

For added user convenience, the new Citroën C3 is available with a reversing camera and parking sensors, together with equipment such as an RD4 MP3 audio system, Connecting Box (Bluetooth® hands-free kit, jack plug and USB socket), eMyWay navigation and a powerful HiFi System®.

IMPRESSIVE & EFFICIENT PERFORMANCE

At ease in the city or out on the open road, the new C3 offers well-balanced road manners, closely controlled kerb weight, optimised drag of only 0.30 and a range of responsive and efficient engines.

The new C3 can be powered by Citroën’s new-generation PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines with a 1.0 or 1.2-litre capacity. Lively and responsive to drive, but fuel and CO2 efficient, some 52 patents were filed in the development of the new engines to help bring down weight and bulk, optimise combustion and reduce friction with the aim of improving fuel and CO2 efficiency by around 25%.

The VTi 68 and VTi 82 PureTech engines achieve impressively low fuel consumption, between 62.8 and 65.7mpg, and CO2 emissions between 99 and 104g/km. A VTi 120 engine is also available with a manual or automatic gearbox.

In addition, the new Citroën C3 will be available in the UK with four diesel engines - HDi 70, e-HDi 70, HDi 90 and e-HDi 115. The three powerplants with the brand’s micro-hybrid e-HDi technology boast the most efficient Stop & Start system on the market with some of the best fuel efficiency and lowest CO2 emissions in the class - from as low as 87 g/km.

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