Citroen C3 Now
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26th February, 2006
Citroen has launched the revised C3 in Australia with the automatic C3 boasting a 1.6 litre engine to replace the previous 1.4 litre power unit, along with improvements outside, inside and under the skin for all versions of Citroen's small car.
"More than a million Citroen C3s have been sold since its launch, making it one of the most successful Citroens ever produced," says Miles Williams, General Manager for Citroen in Australia. "Here in Australia we have not only shared in that success, the Citroen C3 has changed the local perception of Citroen, bringing the brand's Australian image in line with its worldwide reputation for building classic small cars that are fresh, dynamic and unique."
"With the arrival of the face-lifted Citroen C3 we have taken the opportunity to focus on the strengths of the C3, with the range now consisting of a manual gearbox entry level version and luxuriously well equipped version with a more potent engine and the choice of a manual or automatic gearbox," says Mr Williams.
"These three versions fulfill the requirements of an easily accessible version plus a C3 variant that is fully equipped in every sense, from equipment to performance," adds Mr Williams.
The shape of the C3 and its unique styling set it apart amongst every other car in its class. Its sweeping curves and arches make it a standout design and, thanks to its height, spacious and bright inside. The changes made to the C3 hone this design, with a prominent grille and Citroen chevrons, along with a strong bumper design at the front, while the rear lights, equally striking their shape and position, use new clear-style colour plastic and, again, Citroen famous chevron badge is given greater prominence. The exterior is completed with a new style of alloy wheel for the 1.6 litre versions and new wheel trims for the 1.4 litre variant.
Inside the C3 retains the spacious, bright and welcoming interior that is provided by its wide windows and sweeping arched roof. The dashboard has been face-lifted with revised instruments, centre console and a refinement in the use of materials. The door trims have also been revised.
Facing the driver, the modern instrument cluster incorporates information from the cruise control and speed limiter, an enlarged LCD display area, and an easy-to-read rev counter. Detail changes include an LED lights up to show that maximum engine speed has been reached.
The fuel gauge is more precise, with eight bars instead of six. The console has been entirely redesigned to include a central multifunction screen, which has been integrated, and a new layout for equipment such as the radio and air conditioning system. The vehicle has a new radio with steering wheel controls and entirely new functions, such as a 'List' display. The refined look of the fascia shows that the interior design has moved up-market.
The metallic grey interior colour scheme underlines these changes. The new styling includes a centre fascia embellisher with redesigned buttons, air vent embellishers and a gear lever surround. The glove box cover is lined and opens smoothly.
Along with the new dashboard, the inside of the C3's front and rear doors have been redesigned. The new shapes give an impression of solidity and are pleasant to the touch. The door panels and armrests feature the same trim insert, which contributes to the refined and comfortable style of the passenger compartment.
To accompany this new refined interior, changes have been made to boost suspension refinement and response, including increased front suspension stiffness, increased anti-roll bar stiffness, stiffer wishbone stays and the thickness of the rear cross-member has been increased from 4 mm to 5 mm.
However, the most significant change for the drivetrain in Australian market is the use of the 1.6 litre 80 kW engine for the automatic variant, significant boost on the 55 kW provided by the previous 1.4 litre engine used in the automatic variant.
With the new engine, 0-100 km/h time is slashed from 17.7 seconds to 11.5 seconds.
The Citroën C3 has been considered a well equipped car, with a host of features as standard.
For the revised model the most significant change is the addition of ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD and EBA as standard on the entry level model.
The key equipment differences between the C3 SX and the 1.6 litre Exclusive are alloy wheels and velour upholstery in addition to the more potent engine.
The revised Citroën C3 opens with a recommended retail price of $19,990 for the C3 SX 1.4 manual, while the 1.6 litre C3 Exclusive is $21,990 for the manual version and $23,990 for the new automatic version. The Panoramique glass roof is an option at $1,500 and the leather lined interior is available at $2,500.
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