|NEW CITROňN C3 REVEALED: THE NEW CITROňN OFFENSIVE
Today (29th June 2016) sees the
global reveal of the New CitroŽn C3 – a fresh, bold and colourful
B-segment, 5-door supermini that delivers new levels of advanced
comfort and personality to the sector.
CitroŽn is renewing its best-selling C3 model, which has already sold
more than 3.6 million examples since it was originally launched in
2002. New CitroŽn C3 is set to shake-up the market with its
highly customisable character and the very latest automotive
technologies, including a world premiere for ConnectedCAM CitroŽn™, an
on-board HD camera that allows drivers to share their road-trip photos
and videos directly with friends and family.
The New CitroŽn C3 is everything you would expect a
modern CitroŽn to be – colourful, stylish, brimming with new
technologies, supremely comfortable and with a bold, fun-loving
The New C3 embodies all the core values of CitroŽn;
OPTIMISTIC: New C3
combines a characteristically CitroŽn front-end, with soft lines,
flowing curves and striking colour schemes to deliver a powerful and
Highly customisable, New C3 is audacious and full of
personality by design, to ensure each owner can create a bespoke look
that suits their individual style.
The exterior has a two-tone paint option, with a choice
of three roof colours and complimentary touches of colour around the
car (fog lights, door mirrors, rear quarter panels and on the Airbumpģ
panels). Inside, customers have a choice of four different interiors
that all deliver a spacious, yet intimate feel, thanks to the shape of
the seats and an uncluttered dashboard.
HUMAN: New C3 is focused on the well-being of everyone on-board.
The CitroŽn Advanced Comfortģ
programme has influenced the creation of New C3. Comfortable seats, a
panoramic glass sunroof that fills the cabin with light, colours and
fabrics inspired by travel and home interior design, a 7-inch
touchscreen that groups together all of the key vehicle functions and
a keyless entry and start system, all combine
to emphasise a feeling of reassurance, comfort and calm.
SMART: New C3 introduces ConnectedCAM CitroŽn™, which is a world premiere for the brand.
ConnectedCAM CitroŽn™ uses a fully integrated camera,
located behind the rear view mirror, to capture images and video that
can instantly be shared on social media channels, or saved as evidence
in the event of an accident. The New CitroŽn C3 now offers even more
options that improve the driving experience, with an advanced driver
assistance system including voice controlled 3D navigation, a reversing
camera, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. Finally, the
efficient, high-performance powertrain options continue the
technological theme with PureTech petrol and BlueHDi Diesel engines,
and the latest generation EAT6 fully automatic gearbox available as
part of the range.
CitroŽn CEO, Linda Jackson, said; “The
New C3 has all the CitroŽn values and all the qualities to give the
brand new impetus, which is especially important as the previous model
accounted for almost one in five sales in Europe. A comfortable car
with real personality, it is set to appeal to new customers looking for
a modern car with character.”
Xavier Peugeot, CitroŽn Product Director, added; “With
its unique body style, personalised features and connectivity, New C3
is a bold, fresh, modern car. It illustrates the ongoing CitroŽn
OPTIMISTIC: BOLD BY DESIGN
1. Distinctively offbeat
With a distinctive design, New C3 offers freshness,
energy and personality that is unique to the supermini market. The
striking new front-end gives a powerful impression of robustness, which
continues along the body of the car, with fluid curves and muscular
flanks lending vigour and power.
New C3 features the two-tier front light signature
synonymous with CitroŽn. Double chrome strips extend from the chevrons
and go all the way across to the LED daytime running lights. The
protective front bumper blends into the rest of the bodywork to enhance
the sense of height and width at the front for a ‘go-anywhere’ look and
feel. The fog lights even feature stylish coloured surrounds.
In profile, the black windscreen pillars and floating
roof accentuate the dynamic outline of New C3. The
car’s protective character is evident in the balanced proportions
between the body panels and the glazed areas. The horizontal styling
features on the sides of the car continue the deliberately high bonnet
line, producing a reassuring posture, and the wheel arches are fitted
with extensions for a crossover appearance. At the rear, the generously
sized, muscular wings give the car a dynamic appearance, an impression
accentuated by the very short overhang.
The Airbumpģ panels (air-filled bumps with a
scratch-proof surface, as seen on C4 Cactus) are a CitroŽn signature
feature, offering personality and style, as well as protecting the
vehicle. The thermoplastic polyurethane material used in the Airbumpģ
panels resists everyday degradation, protecting them from sunlight,
water, scratches etc. Each panel positions a line of air-filled bumps
at the bottom of the doors to protect the most vulnerable areas of the
car in the urban environment. The Airbumpģ panels also have a white or
red graphic motif, depending on the version.
The unique, high-tech identity of New C3 continues at
the back with 3D rear lights, low level protection to lend everyday
robustness and an updated C3 badge – now, the figure 3 appears in black
with a chrome surround.
Aerodynamically, the roof is 4cm lower than the previous model with every surface designed to optimise airflow.
2. A spacious interior designed as a living area
CitroŽn’s designers drew inspiration from travel and
home interior design to create an interior that aims to feel like an
extension of the driver’s home. Offering a safe, contemporary and
comfortable cabin, New C3’s interior design principles focus on
delivering uncluttered space.
The perception of space is heightened by the horizontal
dashboard, which runs across the whole width of the vehicle. The design
of the interior trim and the shape of the chrome-finished air vents
also combine to enhance the perception of width.
The customer has a choice of finishes inside the cabin.
Some elements can be painted, wrapped with textile or TEP lining (with
or without over-stitching) and finished with chrome or coloured
touches. The finish is always designed to perfectly match the seat
The seats, integral to on-board wellbeing, have a
uniquely wide and generous design, which amplifies the impression of
space and comfort. This is further enhanced by the use of bright, warm
3. New levels of customisation for a B-segment model
New C3 is the first model of its type to offer such an
extensive and coherent range of personalisation options and two-tone
exterior colour schemes.
With a total of nine body colours (Polar White, Perla
Nera Black, Shark Grey, Arctic Steel, Ruby Red, Almond Green, Cobalt
Blue, Power Orange and Soft Sand) and three roof colours (Opal White,
Onyx Black and Sport Red), there are a total of 36 possible
combinations, giving New C3 a fresh, modern look.
The exterior offers a range of two-tone paint options,
with the three roof colours accompanied by matching touches around the
car (fog lights, door mirrors, rear quarter panels and on the Airbumpģ
The customer can select from four possible interior designs. These are;
Standard Ambience – uncluttered and neutral with yellow over-stitched upholstery.
Metropolitan Grey Ambience – a warm and bright
alternative, with soft colours and textiles, on the dashboard trim as
well as the seat upholstery.
Urban Red Ambience – a combination of dark and
bright colours. The dashboard trim features red over-stitching and a
red dashboard surround.
Hype Colorado Ambience – features soft upmarket
materials and special upholstery for a colour-contrast effect, and a
two-tone leather-covered steering wheel.
HUMAN: ON-BOARD WELL-BEING
The CitroŽn Advanced Comfortģ programme was influential
in the design of New C3, to offer drivers and passengers a feeling of
1. An overriding emphasis on driver and passenger well-being
The emphasis on well-being starts with the comfortable
seats, the panoramic sunroof that fills the car with natural light, and
the generous space and storage compartments throughout the cabin.
The clutter-free interior delivers a sense of harmony, which is also
expressed with the soft and bright textiles used throughout the
For physical comfort, there is 2cm more shoulder width
than in the previous model and the shape and position of the front
seats provides optimum forward visibility for the rear passengers.
New C3’s seats provide generous width, lumbar support and comfort to help cushion the impact of uneven road surfaces.
Particularly agile thanks to its 10.7m turning circle, the 5-door, 5-seat New C3 measures just 3.99m long.
2. Advanced ergonomics for a smooth driving experience
New C3 offers a hassle-free user experience, with easy,
intuitive access to all main the vehicle functions. Under the CitroŽn
Advanced Comfortģ programme, New C3 promises great everyday
practicality, usability and spaciousness.
The designers paid special attention to the car’s
storage and stowage spaces. For example, there is an ingenious central
cubby that maximises the free space at the front of the vehicle, along
with large storage bins in the front doors and the largest glove box in
the segment – all to deliver optimum functionality without compromising
the simplicity of the interior. The New CitroŽn C3’s boot volume is
also impressive at 300 litres.
A pleasant driving experience calls for an intuitive,
interactive and responsive interface between the car and the driver,
which New C3 offers through its 7-inch touchscreen. Acting as a vehicle
control panel, this provides quick and easy access to all of the
vehicle’s main functions and makes for an uncluttered dashboard.
Convenience continues with the car’s keyless entry and
start system, which means the driver can lock or unlock and start the
car without needing to take the key out of their pocket or bag.
SMART: UP-TO-THE-MINUTE TECHNOLOGIES
1. ConnectedCAM CitroŽn™
The ConnectedCAM CitroŽn™ is making its first appearance
in New C3. It is a connected camera (wide 120į angle, full
HD, 2 million pixels) with GPS and a 16GB internal memory. Positioned
just behind the rear-view mirror, it records what the driver sees for
two main purposes;
driver can click a button to safely take photos as keepsakes or for
instant sharing on social media. A longer press of the button captures
video for up to 20 seconds, which can then be shared once the car is
stationary. Stored content is directly accessible via the ConnectedCAM
CitroŽn™ free app.
2. In the
event of a vehicle collision, the video system switches on
automatically. The video can run for up to 1Ĺ minutes (30 seconds
before and 60 after the incident). This footage can be useful as
evidence following an accident.
With the ConnectedCAM CitroŽn™, a driver can also locate
their vehicle and store its position to ensure they can find it in
unfamiliar or busy places.
2. A wealth of useful technologies
The PSA Group platform was optimised for this new model,
to deliver an excellent external footprint/interior space ratio, and
superb levels of comfort and efficiency.
For comfort, an advanced suspension system was used,
based on a proven architecture (pseudo Macpherson suspension with
deformable struts). This effectively filters out road surface
irregularities – a typical CitroŽn
suspension characteristic. Soundproofing is impressive too, as is
safety, with features such as a new ‘H’ crossbar under the seats, for
the best possible impact protection.
New C3 comes with a choice of latest-generation, highly
efficient PureTech petrol and BlueHDi Diesel engines. There is a choice
of three PureTech three-cylinder petrol engines, with manual
transmission: PureTech 68, 82 and 110 (Stop & Start), and two
manual Diesel powertrains: BlueHDi 75 (Stop & Start) and 100 (Stop
For the ultimate in driveability and comfort, New C3 also adds the option of the brand’s EAT6 fully automatic gearbox.
New C3 is packed with useful driving aids and safety technologies to enhance the journey and improve the driving experience.
CitroŽn Connect Nav (via the 7-inch touchscreen)
is a new-generation connected satnav system that can be controlled by
voice or touch from the 7-inch screen. It ties in with connected
services such as TomTom Traffic for real-time traffic information,
geolocation and price details for service stations and carparks,
weather forecasts, and information on local points of interest. There
is also an optional ‘danger zones’ function that provides visual and
audible warnings of accident black spots in real time.
technology duplicates smartphone content directly onto the 7-inch
touchscreen. Here, the driver can access their multimedia content by
touch or voice recognition. Available with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto
(available early 2017) and MirrorLinkģ.
The reversing camera,
complete with parking aids, switches on automatically whenever reverse
gear is selected, to provide visibility and positioning lines via the
holds the car for two seconds on gradients of steeper than three
percent once the brake pedal is released, to help the driver pull away
Technologies for safety:
The Lane Departure Warning System
helps guard against driver fatigue and momentary inattention. If the
car crosses into another lane without the indicator being activated,
the system will issue a visual and audible warning.
The Blind-Spot Monitoring System
detects the presence of any vehicles in the driver’s blind spots.
Warnings are shown using indicators built into the wing mirrors.
Driver Attention Alert
warns the driver when it is time to take a break – i.e. after two
hours’ uninterrupted driving at speeds above 45mph, then every hour
CitroŽn Connect Box with SOS and Assistance Pack
puts the driver in touch with a specialist assistance service. In the
event of an accident, a short message is sent in manual or automatic
mode via GSM to a call processing service. The message includes the
vehicle’s identification, the driver’s phone number and precise
geographical location details.
Services available through CitroŽn Connect Packs
(requiring the CitroŽn Connect Box with SOS and Assistance). There are
three different levels available; Monitoring pack (free), which
includes a virtual service log and eco-driving advice; Mapping pack
(optional), for geolocating the vehicle; and the Tracking pack
(optional), which maximises the chance of finding the vehicle if it has
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