An all-new Citroen C3 supermini arrives next year, boasting impressive eco credentials and unusual Zenith windscreen.
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Citroen is calling the new C3’s overall look Visiodrive. Clearly, the windscreen has much to do with this.
It is similar to the Vauxhall Astra Panoramic roof, and extends far into the roofline above the front seat passengers to create a big visual impact as well as a light and airy cabin.
The windscreen is progressively tinted towards the top, reducing heat and glare.
C3 has a compact, sporty design
The design of the new C3 supermini is said to give it a sportier edge. It’s more taut, sophisticated and – dare we say it – premium looking than the previous C3, an impression apparently underlined by the high quality materials used throughout the cabin.
It remains compact, however, at a little under four metres long and 1.7 metres wide – within millimetres of the larger Ford Fiesta.
It also weighs no more than the current C3, despite packing in increased amounts of sound insulation to improve refinement.
The interior is scattered with useful storage options, and the boot capacity is 300 litres.
The seating position is slightly higher than before, in an effort to further increase visibility.
Most eco efficient Citroen ever
Aerodynamics and clever construction techniques mean the new C3 will become the most efficient vehicle in Citroen’s line-up.
At launch a 90bhp turbodiesel version will be the first Citroen to emit just 99g/km CO2, making it eligible for free road tax.
New engines and a second generation stop-start system will see diesel C3s drop as low as 90g/km from 2011.
A new three-cylinder petrol will emitting less than 100g/km will follow shortly afterwards.
We expect to see the new Citroen C3 officially unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
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