C3 - A STYLISH AND SPACIOUS SOLUTION TO COMPACT MOTORING
Citroën 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.
Slotting naturally into the Citroën line-up between Saxo and Xsara, the new Citroën 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 Lumière Concept Car shown at the 1998 Mondial Automobile, the production vehicle retains much of the architecture and character of that vehicle.
The Citroën 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
direct injection diesel engines that have been developed jointly by PSA Peugeot Citroën 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.
Behind 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.
Making life on board more comfortable, more relaxed and safer, the Citroën 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, Citroën has scored another first with the introduction of the 'Moduboard'® boot, designed to separate the boot into compartments and offering many different layout possibilities. When it is not required, the 'Moduboard'® can be stored against the back of the rear seats for increased convenience.
Another 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 seats.
Driver arid occupant safety was a key concern in the design of the new Citroën 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 Assistance.
The Citroën 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 Citroën UK Ltd, Alain Favey, said: "The introduction of C3 to the
Citroën 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.