car of many talents
The C3 aims to become the new reference
in its segment for roadholding/ ride comfort balance and for the performance
of its petrol and diesel engines. The C3 sets high standards of on-board
well-being and can thus lay claim to a versatility not usually found on
B segment vehicles. C3 is both a city runabout – by virtue of its compact
dimensions – and a motorway tourer –virtue of its overall performance.
Compact and easy-to-handle in the city
Compact external dimensions
external dimensions of the C3, and notably its overall length (3.85 m),
place it squarely the category of city runabouts designed to dart in
and out of traffic and to take up minimal parking space.
New electric power steering
easy handling in the city, as well as on longer motorway journeys, the
C3 features a electric power steering system in which power varies
continuously as a function of speed.
objective is to satisfy distinct requirements in terms of easy
steering: to reduce driver in low speed manoeuvres, and to "read" the
road at cruise speed, directing the car precision. The electric power
steering satisfies this dual requirement.
laws applied by the system to reduce power in relation to speed are
transparent to the driver. The transition between high assistance at
low–speeds and moderate assistance at higher speeds is gradual and
In this way, whatever
the driving conditions, the electric power steering system always
places the focus on easy steering and safety.
Electronic parking assistance
function makes light work of parking manœuvres. Four sensors in the
rear bumper detect any obstacles and warn the driver with an audible
alarm. The system is activated automatically as soon as reverse is
Driving pleasure over long journeys
With its new engines and equipment, the C3 offer a level of driving pleasure that is worthy of a full-size tourer.
A new generation of direct-injection turbo diesel engines
C3 is the first CitroŽn to be fitted with the new-generation HDi
engines developed through the cooperation agreement between PSA
Peugeot CitroŽn and Ford.
The C3 offers a choice between the 1.4 HDi 50 kW (70 bhp DIN) and the 1.4 HDi 16V
66 kW (bhp DIN) engines, with an air-to-air intercooler and
variable-geometry turbocharger. These 1.4 l HDi units are
second-generation common rail engines, which offer an attractive to
conventional diesel engines of higher capacity. The new powerplants
combine the benefits the first-generation HDi engines – low
consumption, silent operation, driving pleasure excellent environmental
performance – with compact dimensions, low weight and a level
performance not usually associated with engines of this capacity.
Using technology to increase driving pleasure
a result of the technological choices made (design of the cylinder
heads, system and direct injection), the C3 combines levels of acoustic
comfort and engine hitherto reserved for luxury vehicles.
meet all requirements, the C3 offers a choice of an 8 or 16 valve
cylinder head, developing kW or 66 kW (70 bhp DIN and 92 bhp DIN)
respectively, with torque of 150 Nm or 200 Nm. 1.4 HDi 16V is the most
efficient engine currently available in the B segment (47 kW/litre and
65 bhp DIN/litre).
Each engine type has a corresponding turbocharger. Their small size and low inertia cut times and increase driving pleasure.
8V engine is equipped with a fixed-geometry turbocharger, while the 16V
engine has variable–geometry turbocharger with an intercooler and
multi-valve technology. This applies specific control laws, through
which it is able to adapt to driver behaviour by output in accordance
with the pressure placed on the accelerator pedal.
New-generation common rail systems
injection systems of these new engines significantly improve the
precision of injections and notably the pilot injection (a key factor
in controlling noise emissions). Moreover, the increased injection
pressure helps to improve specific performance levels.
Acoustic benefits and increased reliability
compact, lightweight 1.4 l common rail diesel engines were developed
without compromises on the acoustic performance and low vibration
levels that are essential in a new-generation diesel engine.
Engines that respect the environment
new-generation common-rail technology with improved combustion control
reduced weight, these low–capacity diesel engines enhance performance
levels and bring significant cuts in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
with no trade-off in vehicle performance.
1.1i, 1.4i and 1.6 16V, three petrol engines that have won unanimous acclaim
1.1i engine develops 44 kW (61 bhp DIN) at 5,500 rpm and torque of 94
Nm at 3,400 Developing power of 55 kW (75 bhp DIN) at 5,500 rpm with
torque of 120 Nm at 3,400 rpm, 1.4i engine combines driving pleasure
with consistent performance.
1.6i 16V engine belongs to the latest generation of petrol engines.
Introduced in September 2000 on the new Xsara, it brings the C3 a level
of performance and driving pleasure not usually seen in vehicles of
this type. It develops 80 kW (110 bhp DIN) at 5,750 rpm with maximum
torque of 147 Nm (15.3 m.kg) at 4,000 rpm. Efficient fuel management
means that consumption levels are particularly low.
Comfort and peace of mind with sequentially controlled automatic transmission
type of automatic transmission system meets drivers' needs by adapting
to their individual driving styles, a function that brings significant
benefits in terms of driving comfort and – in consequence – safety. The
1.4i engine features the AL4 auto-adaptive gearbox. This gearbox offers
three operating programmes :
a normal programme, managing six auto-adaptive
a Sport programme, managing two auto-adaptive sports shift patterns,
a Snow programme, which gives priority to grip.
This auto-adaptive gearbox features sequential gear-change control. With this function, the
driver can select the gears manually, if he so wishes.
In manual mode, the driver manages gear selection by pushing the gear lever forwards or
backwards. In this way, he can adopt a sportier or more dynamic driving style.
This transmission combines the advantages of an automatic gearbox with those of a manual
gearbox, leaving the driver free to switch from one to the other.
A wide range of comfort equipment
C3 features a wide range of equipment to make sure that occupants stay
comfortable and relaxed, no matter how long the journey.
its high-quality finish, seat design, acoustic and thermal comfort,
generous equipment and simplicity of use, the C3 satisfies – and even
anticipates – the requirements expressed by the occupants. As a result,
they enjoy a high level of on-board well-being and can complete long
journeys without undue fatigue.
sheer versatility of the C3 is illustrated by a wide range of functions
including the height-adjustable driver's seat, height- and
reach-adjustable steering wheel, central locking, continuously variable
electric power steering and – depending on the version – front electric
one-touch window lifts with an anti-pinch function, HF plip, air
conditioning with automatic temperature control, heated, adjustable,
electric rearview mirrors and two central arm-rests at the front, among