The all-new Citroen C3 has been unveiled, and it is everything you’d expect from the French carmaker – quirky looks, new tech and a certain level of charm. The B-segment hatchback was leaked ahead of its debut, and it appears most of the information then still holds true now.
In terms of dimensions, the new C3 is much larger compared to its second-generation predecessor, measuring 3,990 mm long, 1,750 mm wide, with a wheelbase that 2,540 mm. However, it sheds 40 mm from its height, standing at 1,470 mm. The increased dimensions also aids in improving the cabin’s spaciousness. According to Citroen, there is now 20 mm more shoulder room than the previous mode, and there is now 300 litres of boot space as well.
The new C3 is based on the upgraded PSA Group A platform, which has relations to the architecture under the DS3 and the C4 Cactus, and will be offered as a five-door model only. Among the enhancements include better refinement thanks to a revised suspension setup, and safety, where a new “H” crossbar under the seats offers improved impact protection.
The exterior design you see here is heavily influenced by the C4 Cactus crossover, most noticeably by the door-mounted Airbump panels. These air-filled bumps feature a scratch-proof surface so the occasional door knock is less painful.
As per the norm with Citroen, a wave of personalisation options are available for the C3’s exterior. For starters, there are three roof colours and nine body colours to choose from, allowing for 36 possible combinations. Furthermore, the Airbump panels have a white or red graphic, depending on version.
Other design cues here include a double chrome bar grille with Citroen’s two-tier front lighting setup. The upper portion is where you’ll find the LED DRLs, while just below it are the main headlamps. Shifting your sights further downwards, you’ll see the fog lamps.
Moving down the sides of the car, protective plastic cladding is fitted on the lower section of the C3, framing the alloy wheels that sport a unique design. Meanwhile, the 3D-style rear lights appears to be adapted from the DS3.
Inside, the cabin receives a significant makeover to match the new exterior look. Similarly, customisation plays a big part here as well, and Citroen is offering four possible “moods” to choose from – standard, Metropolitan Grey, Urban Red and Hype Colorado – with different fabric upholstery and trim pieces used.
A brand new dashboard layout sees a more usable and clean design. The face level-mounted air-con vents are designed to mimic the intake grille design of the C3’s exterior. Elsewhere, the centre stack and console is more organised than before, with more conventional switchgear used.
Equipment offered in the C3 includes Citroen’s Connect Nav infotainment system, which is hooked up to a seven-inch touchscreen. The system features a full navigation suite and other connectivity options, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
The other more interesting bit of tech is the C3’s ConnectedCam. The wide 120-degree angle, two megapixel, GPS enabled unit comes with 16 GB of internal memory, and is fitted just behind the rearview mirror. Citroen says that the camera serves two purposes.
Firstly, it allows the driver to safely take photos and record videos (for up to 20 seconds) for keeping or sharing on social networks immediately once the car is stationary. Secondly, in the event of an accident, the system automatically starts recording (up to 90 seconds), whereby the footage can be useful as evidence if needed. The former is likely to be more relevant in Malaysia, what with emergency lane abusers.
As for engines, three PureTech three-cylinder petrol engines will be offered – PureTech 68, 82 and 110 Stop & Start – are all paired with a manual gearbox. There will also be two manual diesel powertrains – BlueHDi 75 Stop & Start and 100 Stop & Start. Citroen will also offer the new EAT6 six-speed automatic transmission for the C3 range soon.
Safety systems on the C3 include hill start assist, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring systems, and driver attention alert. Citroen’s Connect Box with SOS Pack is also available here, contacting emergency services in the event of an accident.