The C3 is seen as a crucial car for the French marque, as it’s the first mainstream model launched since Citroen’s successful DS sub-brand was carved off to become a manufacturer in its own right. After losing the DS 3 from its own line-up, Citroen needs the C3 to succeed to prove that it can still make a successful small car carrying the double-chevron badge.
The styling – with its high nose and flowing curves – clearly follows on from that of recent Citroens such as the C1 and C4 Cactus, with the C3 featuring the unique ‘Airbumps’ that were first seen on the C4 Cactus. The two chrome bars that run from the double-chevron badge enclose the LED daytime running lights, while setting the headlights below this follows the ‘two-tier’ arrangement that’s familiar from several of the company’s other models.
The two-tone body allows buyers not only a choice of three colours for the roof (which is supported on black windscreen pillars), but also a selection of colours for the foglamps, wing mirrors, rear window surround and Airbumps.
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.
The C3’s platform is a development of what’s under the Peugeot 208, so nothing unexpected there. The Group’s sweet three-cylinder petrol engine features strongly, at 68, 82 and 110bhp. Diesels are 75 and 100bhp. No rocket then, but given the starting weight is around 1000kg, it isn’t too lardy.