C3 - A STYLISH AND SPACIOUS SOLUTION TO COMPACT MOTORING
today (20th August 2001) announced that it will unveil the stylish new
C3 hatchback at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show - 13 to 23 September -
prior to it going on sale in 2002.
naturally into the CitroŽn line-up between Saxo and Xsara, the new
CitroŽn C3 achieves its individual style from an innovative design that
features two arches running the length of the body. The rounded,
flowing roofline creates a seamless continuity between front and rear,
while drawing attention to the height of the vehicle. Based on the C3 LumiŤre Concept Car shown at the 1998 Mondial Automobile, the production vehicle retains much of the architecture and character of that vehicle.
CitroŽn C3 offers impressive interior space, reflected in its width (1
.67m) and height (1.52m), which are exceptional for a vehicle of this
length (3.85m). Its unique design will ensure that occupants benefit
from more head, leg and elbow room than in most other rivals, making C3
a distinctive, bright, comfortable and practical motoring companion.
C3 will be the first Citroen to feature the brand new 7Ohp 1.4 HDi and 92hp 1.4 16V HDi
injection diesel engines that have been developed jointly by PSA
Peugeot CitroŽn and Ford. They will be joined by two petrol powerplants
- a 75hp 1.4i unit and a 110hp 1 .6i 16V unit - while a sequential
auto-adaptive automatic gearbox will also be available.
the wheel drivers will benefit from C3's sure-footed road holding and
precision handling, whilst the variable power assisted steering and
compact exterior dimensions will ensure that C3 is as fun to drive in
town as on the motorway.
life on board more comfortable, more relaxed and safer, the CitroŽn
C3's specification will include the availability of a large,
electrically operated glass sunroof and automatic air conditioning,
along with all the benefits of multiplex wiring. A rear parking sensor,
automatic rain sensitive windscreen wipers, 'black panel' night time
instrument lighting and automatic activation of the hazard warning
lights under heavy braking are just some of the features made possible
by multiplex wiring.
In the huge
load area, CitroŽn has scored another first with the introduction of
the 'Moduboard'ģ boot, designed to separate the boot into compartments
and offering many different layout possibilities. When it is not
required, the 'Moduboard'ģ can be stored against the back of the rear
seats for increased convenience.
neat touch is the availability of a 'child pack'. This pack includes
activation of the child locks from the dashboard, a 12 volt socket at
the rear and 'aircraft style' trays on the back of the front seats. It
also features a 'child mirror', which is located below the rear view
mirror and allows the driver to keep an eye on children in the rear
Driver arid occupant
safety was a key concern in the design of the new CitroŽn C3. Built on
an entirely new platform, C3's high levels of active and passive safety
include a high-yield strength steel construction, six airbags, two of
which are side window airbags, three 3 point rear seat belts, and ABS
brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Braking
The CitroŽn C3 is
well protected against theft and break-ins. Its security features
include a new-generation coded engine immobiliser and, thanks to
multiplex wiring, automatic relocking of the vehicle if it is
accidentally unlocked and automatic locking of the boot as soon as the
vehicle starts to move.
of CitroŽn UK Ltd, Alain Favey, said: "The introduction of C3 to the
CitroŽn range at the beginning of next year will herald yet another
chapter in the Company's ongoing success in the UK. C3 is sure to introduce
new drivers to the marque with its stylish and attractive looks.