THE ALL-NEW CITROËN C3: A BOLD NEW CROSSOVER FOR SOUTH AFRICA
LOCALLY TAILORED FOR CUSTOMERS AND DRIVING CONDITIONS
All-new C3 was conceived by Citroën designers and product development engineers with current customer demands firmly in mind.
The New Citroën C3 is tailored to encompass highly demanding driving conditions, meaning vehicle agility was high on the list of desired features. So, the all-new C3 has been engineered to be sure-footed and responsive and to amplify driving comfort.
FUN TO DRIVE
The new C3 is powered by Citroën’s acclaimed PURETECH 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine, offering a superb balance of performance and fuel efficiency. With 61kW available, the C3 has more than ample power around town or on the open road, its 115Nm of torque allowing excellent flexibility and maneuverability. But the real advantage will be felt at the fuel pumps, the new C3 using just 5.6 litres/100km.
The suspension has been set up to ensure a smooth drive over all road surfaces with a modular chassis tuned to deliver maximum stability with low body roll. Citroën call it the Flying Carpet Effect and it is engineered for better shock absorption and a smoother drive, adding to overall comfort for all occupants.
For optimal control, specially tuned steering and turning circle – one of the best in the segment - are particularly useful and make the vehicle agile at low speeds and in heavy urban traffic where drivers may be required to make frequent lane changes or sudden maneuvers to anticipate local traffic flows. This also helps with safer and more responsive cornering on twisty roads.
Suspension settings are also tuned to minimise body roll for more robust road holding and to help smooth out roughness and ruts.
UNIQUE CITROËN PRESENCE WITH MUSCULAR SUV DESIGN
The all-new C3 is unmistakably Citroën in its DNA, with a unique yet consistent design language that makes it stand apart from other offerings in the market.
Its face is instantly recognisable with its ‘Y’-form language lighting signature and traditional chevrons located at the centre of the grille. The famous Citroën logo stands proudly alone, separated from the two horizontal chrome bars extending towards the daytime running lamps on either side of the car. This is a key element of the Citroën’s evolving new brand identity.
Other Citroën DNA details include the generous modeling around the bodywork to ensure an assertive and robust attitude like the distinctive, sculpted strokes on the bonnet, and the front and rear flanks which emphasise the vehicle’s width and volume. The interior ambience is also typically Citroën, for example the use of two-tone seats. It certainly stands out from the crowd.
TECHNOLOGY AND SEAMLESS CONNECTIVITY
Smartphones and connected devices are essential in today’s fast-moving world. The All-new C3 is smartphone friendly, and the latest technology ensures families can stay seamlessly connected, entertained and powered up.
Up front, there’s an easy-to-use 10-inch (26cm) touchscreen, the largest in any hatch and the heart of the infotainment system. Bluetooth® for phone calls, enables Mirror Screen technology to duplicate functions of a wirelessly connected smartphone, through Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™ for accessing multimedia content and apps. When using a wired connection via the USB data socket, the phone will be recharged.
The driver also gets a new 7-inch (17.8 cm), colour TFT cluster screen with up to 6 modes for displaying vehicle information, as well as options to monitor trip computer, fuel consumption and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System to aid eco driving. Settings and colour schemes can be configured to driver preferences using toggle controls on the tilt-adjustable steering wheel.
On the move, everyone can enjoy playing games, listening to their favourite tunes or catching up with social media thanks to quick-charging USB sockets.
Annoying phone cables around the dashboard are now a thing of the past. Citroën’s smart solution is neat ‘ears’ on the sides of the climate control bezel behind which wires can be routed, and a similar route is concealed under the upper instrument panel above the pencil tray.
A CARING, COMFORTABLE AND VERSATILE SPACE
The welcoming interior of the new C3 prioritises roominess and exceptional versatility for every family or individual need, whether daily commute or school run in the city, to nights out on the town.
There is an abundance of comfort and generous space for everyone inside the C3. Rear seat headroom is class-leading with excellent elbow and knee room.
Smart storage is plentiful. As well as a 1-litre glovebox and centre console area, 2-litre front door pockets hold a 1-litre bottle, and there are 1-litre pockets on the rear doors. Cupholders are provided front and rear and useful slots for smartphone storage are provided across the instrument panel with a neat ‘pencil tray’ sitting between IP sections for keeping small objects in easy reach.
A key area of focus was the internal ambience set off by trim options available to South African customers. On the dashboard, the horizontal upper section features a new high-quality anodized finish incorporating a chevron textured pattern that is warm to touch and pleasing to the eye. South Africans have two dual-tone options on the dashboard, setting off the dual-tone roof options available externally.
Quality details finish in complementary hues and materials add visual interest, for example on the inserts on the door armrests and the IP pencil tray. Coloured stitching on the seats boosts the high-quality feel of the cabin and complements the signature Citroën Advanced Comfort® seat design.