Four-time world champion Sebastien Ogier, who won the 2016 WRC driver’s crown with Volkswagen, will be around to defend his crown, driving for M-Sport Ford.
Toyota, winners of three manufacturer titles in WRC, will be returning to the international rally stage for the first time since 1999 with an all-Finnish line-up that includes the experienced Jari-Matti Latvala, who has finished inside the top four for eight of the last nine seasons, Juho Hanninen and Esapekka Lappi.
To help prepare for the new season, Citroen Racing says the new C3 WRC has already racked up more than 9500km of testing.
For 2017, Citroen’s greatest rival is shaping up to be the Ford. Not least because the well-funded, equally-new, Fiesta WRC car will be driven by four-times WRC world champion Sebastien Ogier.