The new Citroën C3 supermini has been unveiled, with the British boss of the firm Linda Jackson describing it as “a comfortable car with real personality, set to appeal to new customers looking for a modern car of character”.
As the second model in the brand’s new-age makeover, the styling of the new car is clearly in the mould of the Cactus, from the slimline running lights and low-mounted main headlights to the matt black lower body and distinctive ‘airbump’ protection panels. It’s still compact at 3.99m long, but there’s an extra 2cm of shoulder room and a decent 300-litre boot.
The new C3 is based on the upgraded ‘Platform A’, which is closely related to the structure under the DS 3 and the C3’s Cactus sister car. The C3 will be offered only as a five-door model.
The company says Platform A has an ‘H-brace’ under the front seats to improve side impact crash performance, and it’s thought the new C3 is the first model with its body constructed using both conventional welding and structural adhesives.
This latter move - designed to increase the rigidity of the body - is part of Citroën’s engineering plan to make its cars among the most refined in their respective classes. Suspension tuning will be biased towards longitudinal comfort, with relatively relaxed damping settings.
Three PureTech three-cylinder petrol engines will be offered. PureTech 68, 82 and 110 Stop & Start are all paired with a standard manual gearbox. There will also be two manual diesel powertrains: a BlueHDi 75 Stop & Start and 100 Stop & Start. The company will also offer the new EAT6 six-speed automatic transmission for the C3 range.