Here is the Citroën C-Elysée, one of two cars that the French carmaker will bank on to expand internationally. The car, which looks like it shares roots with the Peugeot 301, is designed in France and will be made at Vigo in Spain. Launch date is set to happen at the end of this year.
The design is completely new; Citroën says it started work on a clean sheet of paper. Citroën’s signature grille is penciled to the front while the rest of the body imparts as sense of robustness with the high waistline without losing any of its charm.
Since this will be a ‘world car’, the designers have also considered other driving conditions. So the C-Elysée will have appropriate clearance and tyres, additional underbody protection and reinforced body part design.
Measurements of the three-box car are such: 4.43 m long, 1.7 m wide and 1.47 m tall, and has a wheelbase of 2.65 m. Citroën claims it has the longest wheelbase in its class and backs its boast with a knee room of 120 mm. Its boot space has a capacity of 506 litres.
The equipment of the C-Elysée is very country-dependant. As an example, heated windscreen will be standard for Russia and Ukraine while hot-weathered countries will be a ‘MAX’ setting for the air-conditioning.
Other features include air conditioning with digital display, rear parking sensors, cruise control/speed limiter function, MP3 player with Bluetooth hands-free kit, touch-screen GPS, hands-free access and push start button. Citroën will also be offering a wide range of personalisation, such as chrome detailing, bodywork protection strips, roof bars, roof baskets and the iPhone-dedicated O’car radio.
There’ll be three engine choices for the C-Elysée. The VTi 72 petrol engine is capable of generating 72 hp and 110 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm, has a fuel consumption of 5 l/100km and can be paired with either a five-speed manual or automatic gearbox. This engine is specifically tailored to driving conditions and fuel in international markets. Which means it is highly likely that the VTi 115 petrol and HDi 92 diesel will remain in France.
The main point of the C-Elysée is its cost. Citroën wants the car to run cheap and easy, have appropriate servicing frequency, withstand wear and tear longer and have materials that are washable.