Modular and convenient:
an innovative boot adapted to today's requirements
A boot of impressive capacity
C3 boasts a huge boot of a capacity that is exceptional on the B
segment. This feature further identifies the C3 as a multi-purpose car.
The boot has a capacity of around 305 l VDA. The dimensions are
particularly attractive, with a load length of 0.66 m, a width between
wheel arches of 1.04 m and an exceptional height of 0.59 m under the
The rear seat features a 60/40 split-fold function, which increases boot capacity to remarkable levels.
For maximum convenience, the boot is equipped with two straps and four lashing rings.
"Moduboard": the world's first clever boot
B-segment customers are not just
looking for boot capacity; they also expect practical and functional design
with, in particular, neat stowage solutions.
this reason, CitroŽn has invented the "Moduboard", a new way of using
boot space. Easy to use, the Moduboard is designed to separate the boot
into compartments. Many different layouts are possible, offering a wide
range of possibilities for daily use. The Moduboard makes it easy, for
example, to position long objects and to protect fragile or dirty objects.
Moduboard can also be used to create a flat floor, running from the boot
sill to the backs of the front seats, and able to support the same load
as a conventional boot floor. This is a key advantage for customers looking
for versatility and simplicity of use. The Moduboard is stored vertically
against the back of the rear seat for increased convenience.
Alongside the Moduboard, the rear
wheel arches feature an injected polypropylene trim with an additional
right-hand stowage compartment.
set great store by safety, and rightly so. CitroŽn's approach to global
safety involves taking all steps necessary to avoid accidents in any
circumstances, notably by giving the driver a greater sense of
responsibility. The objective is to give the driver all the information
and assistance necessary to make the right decisions, while letting him
concentrate on his driving.
despite all precautions, an accident does occur, the occupants are well
protected by a reinforced passenger compartment and a range of
complementary appliances and equipment.
the policy adopted by CitroŽn on its most recent vehicles, and notably
the C5, the C3 offers a particularly high level of safety. This is
because the issue of safety was addressed as a whole, from on-board
well being, which improves driver concentration, to impact resistance
and the protection of the occupants through particularly
surefooted roadholding. New technologies have been applied
systematically in all these areas, in order to provide new services and
functions that provide more information for the driver, while
letting him concentrate on the road.
Particularly surefooted roadholding
attention was given to the running gear, the objective being to make
sure that the C3 would always be dependable, with firm, clear reactions.
The front suspension is of the MacPherson type with coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers.
rear suspension features a totally new design with a flexible
transverse beam and hydraulic shock absorbers. This configuration
offers the best trade-off between comfort and dynamic performance.
A high-performance braking system
C3's braking system features discs at the front (vented on the 1.6i,
16V and 1.4 HDi 16V), discs at the rear (1.6i 16V and 1.4 HDi 16V), a
4-sensor ABS device and electronic brakeforce distribution for braking
Electronic brakeforce distribution
function makes maximum use of braking power by delivering the maximum
level of power admissible for each wheel. In this way, it optimises
"front-rear" and "right-left" braking.
Emergency braking assistance
emergency braking assistance system is also available: when the driver
stamps hard on the brake pedal (indicating an emergency situation), the
main piston sets off a second piston that raises the pressure of the
braking system to maximum levels. This function considerably reduces
the braking distance and also makes the driver less reticent about
stamping hard on the pedal at the start of the braking process.
further improve braking safety, the hazard warning lights of the C3
come on automatically in the event of sudden deceleration. They are
switched off when the vehicle accelerates once more or when the driver
activates the corresponding control button.
well being to sharpen driver reactions
On-board well-being involves a wide
range of features and characteristics, for example, the remarkable on-board
silence, the layout of the controls that fall naturally to hand, the seat
design, the relaxing driving position (steering wheel adjustable for height
and reach, headrests adjustable for height and tilt), the raised seating
position with a clear view of the road and the large glazed areas for good
peripheral vision. The objective is to leave the driver free to concentrate
on his driving.
Advanced safety features
Multiplex electrics, similar to those of the C5
electric and electronic equipment supplied for reasons of comfort or
safety is increasingly popular with customers, and may also be required
by legislation in certain cases. To cope with the increased quantities
of data circulating on-board the car, it was necessary to upgrade the
electrical architecture and to adopt multiplexing.
involves linking the different electrical components using a limited number
of harnesses. The BSI (built-in systems interface) and BSM (built-in supply
module) make up the main components of the electrical data network. They
process the data from the different networks and send it out to the item
of equipment concerned. They process the data from the different networks
and send it out to the item of equipment concerned.
BSI and BSM are interfaced with different items of equipment on the car
through multiplex networks that apply two communication protocols (VAN
a VAN Comfort network (Vehicle Area
Network for functions including the instrument cluster, navigation, car
radio and air conditioning),
a VAN Body network (for functions including the airbags and upper part of the steering column),
a CAN network (Controller Area Network for such functions as engine control, electric power steering and headlamps).
that allows the driver to give the road his full attention
The possibilities offered by multiplexing
and the BSI have provided the basis for a wide range of functions designed
to bring customers enhanced levels of comfort, driving pleasure and safety.
These functions leave the driver free to give the road his full attention
and so give him a greater sense of responsibility. The car provides the
driver with all the information necessary for decision-making without actually
acting for him.
See and be seen
intermittent windscreen wiper function is indexed to vehicle speed for
improved visibility. On the versions featuring air conditioning with
automatic temperature control, the windscreen wipers are rain sensitive.
their complex-surface design and clear lens, the main headlamps
of the C3 throw off considerable light. H1 lamps are used for the
high-beam function and an H7 lamp for the dipped-beam function. The fog
lamps (H1) are built into the skirt of the front bumper.
The hazard warning lights come on automatically in the event of sudden deceleration.
The black panel
black panel function improves visual comfort at night by switching off
all the data on the instrument cluster (except the speedometer) and the
remote display units.
An intelligent locking system
C3 features a two-button plip control system: one button for locking
and locating the car, the other for unlocking. If the vehicle is
unlocked using the plip control but neither the doors or boot are
opened within 30 seconds, the vehicle locks again automatically. This
function protects the vehicle if the driver unlocks it accidentally.
soon as the vehicle starts to move, the boot locks automatically and is
thereby protected against theft. It will remain locked until a door is
opened or until the car comes to a stop.
the engine is turned off, the electric window lift controls remain
active for 30 seconds after the driver's door has been opened.
The one-touch electric control used to raise and lower windows features an anti-pinch function.
These characteristics are shared by the sunroof, which can also be programmed in any one of nine possible slide positions.
C3 also offers many other intelligent functions designed to promote the
comfort and safety of the occupants. Examples include interior lighting
controls, a function that adjusts the volume of the car radio in
accordance with vehicle speed, windscreen wipers timed to operate after
the windscreen wash function, windscreen wiper rate adjusted when the
car is stationary, automatic cut-off of energy-consuming functions such
as the audio system and lighting, 30 minutes after the engine is
switched off, and an excess speed warning.
equipment for child safety
Child safety locks on rear doors
controlled by an electric function on the dashboard. For safer, more relaxed
travelling, the status of the child safety locks is shown by an indicator
on the dashboard. Certain versions, including all those fitted with the
child pack, feature an electric control on the dashboard, illuminated at
night, which activates or deactivates the child safety locks.
For easier contact with passengers
in the rear (children or adults), an additional mirror is placed below
the interior rearview mirror so that the rear passengers can always be
seen. This mirror can be positioned horizontally under the roof to enhance
the driver's vision at night, or turned towards the passengers to facilitate
the rear side seats are equipped to accommodate child seats meeting
Isofix recommendations. The front passenger seat can also be equipped
with a system of this type.
More protection systems of enhanced efficiency
High standards of impact resistance and occupant protection
C3 was designed using an entirely new platform. This made it possible
to reach even higher levels of safety and to satisfy the most stringent
impact tests, in particular those of EuroNcap.
Designed to limit structural deformation…
strength steel makes up 41% of the structure of the C3. This reduces
vehicle weight while maintaining a high level of stiffness.
…and to soak up impacts
To enable the structure to crumple in the event of impact, high-yield strength steel is not used
for the entire vehicle.
"body block" system is fitted on the steering column. With this type of
system, the column retracts by 50 mm in the event of impact, thus
minimising the impact of the driver's chest on the steering wheel and
significantly reducing the injuries that could be caused on impact.
CitroŽn C3 is fitted with six airbags (front, side and curtain) to
protect the driver and passengers at front and rear. The fuel supply is
cut off if any one of the six airbags is deployed.
passenger airbag can be deactivated by means of a key. Two side airbags
built into the front seats provide chest protection, while two curtain
airbags protect the heads of the occupants at front and rear, thus
providing effective protection for the occupants in the event of side
The seatbelts at the
front are height adjustable. They are equipped with pyrotechnic
pretensioners with force limiters, in order to reduce the pressure on
the chest in the event of impact, and so further enhance the level of
The three rear
seatbelts are three-point. The central belt at the rear is installed on
the seat itself. As a result, it is easier to use and to position in
all cases, including for child seats. This configuration is also more
attractive on the eye, since the belt is not attached to the rear roof
the C3 seeks to reduce the consequences of impact with a pedestrian: a
particular effort was made to design a non-aggressive front end.
structure is designed to offer an effective response to the problem of
dissipating a maximum amount of energy over a minimal area while
ensuring that repair costs are not too high in the event of an accident
of average severity. The objective is for the C3 to obtain an excellent
Thatcham classification and so to limit insurance costs.
C3 is well protected against theft and break-ins. The barrage of
protection devices installed on the C3 include the new-generation coded
engine immobiliser, already used on the C5, central locking of the
doors and tailgate, an HF remote control unit and transponder, a
function that automatically relocks the vehicle if it is unlocked
accidentally, and a function that locks the boot automatically as soon
as the car starts to move.
||© 2001 Julian