Citroen has announced the pricing and specification details for its all-new C3 supermini, on sale in January.
The new Citroen C3 is an obvious evolution in styling from the previous version. It has slightly sharper lines but a similar overall rounded egg shape, with the notable addition of the panoramic Zenith windscreen. This is standard on most models and a unique feature in the supermini sector.
Interior quality in the new C3 is decent, and the driving experience relaxed rather than thrilling. The overall package is similar enough to the existing Citroen supermini to ensure fans feel right at home. The lack of practical features, such as cupholders, is something of a puzzle, however.
99g/km CO2 from special edition
The new C3 will be available in three standard equipment grades, VT, VTR+ and Exclusive, and as an Airdream+ special edition. This special is the first production Citroen to emit less than 100g/km CO2.
Standard equipment on the VT includes MP3 compatible CD player, electric mirrors, electric front windows, four airbags and multifunction on-board trip computer.
VTR+ is described as ‘the core of the range’, and includes the Zenith windscreen, air con, 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, cruise control with speed limiter, leather trimmed steering wheel and six airbags.
Finally, Exclusive adds all-round electric windows with one-touch opening, heated and electric-folding mirrors, digital air con, part-Alcantara upholstery and 16-inch alloys.
The Airdream+ special edition is based on the VTR+, but adds rear parking sensors and Bluetooth with USB socket. It is powered by a 1.6-litre HDI turbodiesel engine with 88bhp that emits 99g/km CO2.
Wide engine choice, satnav optional
Engine choices for other C3 models range from 60bhp 1.1 to 118bhp 1.6 on the petrol side, and 69bhp 1.4 to 108bhp 1.6 on the turbodiesel side. All models emit 140g/km CO2 or less, except the 1.6 petrol automatic at 158g/km.
Options include stability control, Bluetooth, MyWay widescreen satellite navigation, a Gear Efficiency Indicator that tells you the optimum time to change gear, automatic lights and automatic wipers.
Prices for the new Citroen C3 start at £10,790 for the VT, rising to £12,690 for the VTR+ and £14,090 for the Exclusive. Top spec is the 1.6 HDI turbodiesel Exclusive at £16,140, while the Airdream+ costs £14,490 (all prices include VAT at the increased 17.5 percent rate).
The new Citroen C3 supermini goes on sale 15 January 2010.
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