Citroën will unveil the New Citroën C3 in a world premiere alongside two new concept cars at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The first, CXPERIENCE CONCEPT, overturns convention in high-end design and comfort, whilst the second, C3 WRC CONCEPT, marks the beginnings of a new sporting adventure for Citroën.
Symbolising Citroën’s ability to create cars with a singular design, where comfort and technology generates well-being, the New C3 is set to shake-up the market with its highly customisable character and the very latest automotive technologies, including a world premiere for ConnectedCAM Citroën™. Unveiled alongside the latest additions to the Citroën range: E-Mehari, SpaceTourer, and the New C4 Picasso, these models and New C3 give pride of place to comfort, the true hallmark of the Citroën brand, as demonstrated by Citroën’s Advanced Comfort® programme.
CXPERIENCE CONCEPT brings a fresh new approach to the hatchback segment. This innovative plug-in hybrid concept is immediately recognisable with its distinctive style, concave rear window, cleverly designed rear-hinged doors and is the latest demonstration of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. Inspired by the high-tech world, the CXPERIENCE CONCEPT includes a 19-inch central console, smartphone and mobile tablet to activate a number of on-board functions, ConnectedCAM Citroën™ and features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with efficient performance, power and versatility.
At Paris Motor Show, advanced technologies and services designed to enhance mobility and the driving experience will play a key role. On-board systems include ConnectedCAM CitroënTM in New C3, Citroën Connect Nav (a new online 3D navigation system with voice recognition technology), and Citroën Connect Packs (monitoring, mapping, tracking) being added to the Citroën Connect Box range with the SOS & Assistance Pack.
Also on display on the Citroën stand will be the Citroën C1 with the Airscape discoverable version and new Jelly Red colour; the Citroën C4 CACTUS Rip Curl Special Edition and other vehicles such as Berlingo XTR and C3 Picasso.
Visitors will be able to discover the CXPERIENCE CONCEPT, with a 360° virtual reality tour of the car’s interior, and an original animation called photocall ConnectedCAM Citroën™ which offers a unique experience for New C3. “La Maison Citroën” provides visitors with an opportunity to listen to music, recharge their smartphones, configure a vehicle and experiment with the latest Citroën technologies including the new “Share with U” app.
01. THE WORLD FIRST NEW PRODUCTS
World first: New Citroën C3
New C3 sets a style of its own, standing out from the crowd with its unique and colourful personality.
Optimistic: New C3 combines a characteristically Citroënfront-end, with soft lines, flowing curves and striking colour schemes to deliver a powerful and energetic look. New C3 will appeal to customers looking for a modern car with plenty of personalisation options.
Human: The Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme has influenced the creation of New C3. The highest quality seats, the panoramic sunroof floods the passenger compartment in light, the ingenious storage features, and the generous space allocations are all signatures of the programme. The “cocoon” design filters out disturbances from the outside world to create a sense of well-being.
Smart: New C3 features the latest technologies, starting with the world premiere of ConnectedCAM Citroën™, a fully integrated and connected HD camera system that films your on-the-road experience for immediate sharing on social media or for subsequent viewing (as evidence in the event of an incident, for example). Advanced driver assistance systems include: 3D connected navigation with speech recognition,reversing camera, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring. The efficiency of New C3 also extends to a full range of high-performance, high-efficiency engines (PureTech petrol, BlueHDi diesel) and the EAT6 latest-generation automatic transmission.
CXPERIENCE CONCEPT: an exceptional experience in Citroën comfort and design
Citroën is expressing its ambitions in the upmarket territory, deploying its "Be Different, Feel Good" promise in this segment. The exceptional new, international body style is a step forward that marks a new offensive in brand strategy.
Bold, exceptional design
The CXPERIENCE CONCEPT car is immediately recognisable with its hatchback style and cleverly designed rear-hinged doors. With its unique and high-tech identity, measuring 4.85m in length, this concept car interprets the original light signature expressing a new take on the layered headlights and the concave rear window. For greater efficiency, the controlled air intakes are integrated with the front bumpers and mobile flaps. The interior features premium materials and is decorated in a citrus yellow shade, synonymous with a fresh, optimistic mindset.
The Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme on an executive hatchback
Through the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, which influenced the design of CXPERIENCE CONCEPT, Citroën is reviewing its approach to comfort in the light of its modern vision and expertise. Designed as a true “cocoon”, CXPERIENCE CONCEPT filters out the outside world along with the bumps and dips in the road and employs a progressive hydraulic cushion advanced module. The interior is designed with large body-hugging seats, generous volumes and storage compartments.
Intelligent technologies promote connectivity and contribute to smoother use of the vehicle and its equipment such as the 19-inch central console, smartphone and mobile tablet to activate a number of on-board functions, 360° view, ConnectedCAM Citroën™ and sound spatialisation.
A plug-in hybrid petrol solution for limitless driving pleasure
The emphasis on intelligent technology can also be seen in the choice of a plug-in hybrid solution for a relaxed drive. Based on the expertise of the PSA Group, this plug-in hybrid petrol technology allies power and versatility. CXPERIENCE CONCEPT allows users to enjoy a new driving experience whereby they can travel from city centres to the most isolated areas without restriction, receiving exceptional dynamic performances thanks to the electric motor. The electric motor develops between 150 and 200bhp and up to 80kW of additional energy, to deliver real performance at the wheel, with total power of up to 300bhp, while also respecting the environment. CXPERIENCE CONCEPT can be driven in all-electric mode in the city (ZEV - Zero Emission Vehicle) where it has a range of 60km. It has a 13kWh battery that can be charged in just a few hours (in 4 ½ hours or in less than 2 ½ hours).
New C4 Picasso
C4 Picasso entered a new era in summer 2016, boasting even more dynamism and distinction. Designed with the finest of the Citroën know-how and creativity, New C4 Picasso is a modern and innovative MPV. It stands apart through strong and expressive styling with dynamic lines and a unique light signature on the front and rear. The design is underpinned by original proportions combining a compact exterior with class-leading interior spaciousness and boot volume. The cabin offers a pure and light-filled ambience along with materials that enhance the perception of quality and well-being. That feeling is further underpinned by the well-balanced road performance of New C4 Picasso, which with the development of the EMP2 platform, achieves a perfect blend of irreproachable road holding and classic Citroën comfort for all passengers.
New Citroën C4 Picasso builds on those strong points and strikes an ideal balance in the world of MPVs with:
attractive styling, comprising flowing and modern lines for even more personality and dynamism, with a new front end shared by both versions, new “3D effect” standard rear lights from entry-level trim models up, new 17-inch alloy wheels, a two-tone roof available on the C4 Picasso, a new “Silver” roof arch colour on Grand C4 Picasso, together with two new body colours.
well-being for all, through spaciousness, modular design and superior on-road performance, further strengthened by:
a choice of four customisable interior design schemes for creating a cabin in one’s own image and adapted to the lifestyle of each one
technologies that make life easier, with the new Citroën Connect Nav combined with a new 7-inch touchscreen, providing greater responsiveness and new connected services. The new system also optimises the use of the 12-inch HD screen for more flexibility and clarity
technologies to simplify driving and improve safety, such as Speed Limit Recognition, Active Cruise Control with a Stop Function, the Lane Departure Warning System, the Active Safety Brake, Driver Attention Alert, and the Active Blind Spot Monitoring System
a new engine, with the introduction of the PureTech 130 S&S EAT6, extending the broad range of Euro6 PureTech and BlueHDi engines with their impressive blend of performance and low fuel consumption
With the SpaceTourer, Citroën is expanding the range and demonstrating its ability to move up-market in this vehicle segment.
Designed with flowing lines, the SpaceTourer’s styling is both energetic and reassuring, with a character-defining high front end enabling it to dominate the road
Efficient design; its modular, EMP2 platform provides more cabin space, boot volume and manoeuvrability. Available in three lengths, including a market-first 4.60m model for up to nine people, it is the ideal everyday companion whether in the city or the countryside. The vehicle’s 1.90m height, provides easy access to car parks and practical features include hands-free sliding side doors, an opening rear window and plenty of storage options
Comfort for the well-being of body and mind, with a welcoming interior, a high driving position, sliding and rotating seats for different uses and a glass roof. Well-being is further ensured as a direct result of acoustic treatment and optimal driving comfort
Technology that makes life easier, including head-up display and a 3D connected navigation system with Citroën Connect Nav, along with safety technologies such as Coffee Break Alert, Driver Attention Alert, and Collision Risk Alert. Citroën’s SpaceTourer scored the maximum 5-star rating in EuroNCAP tests
Latest-generation dieselengines from the BlueHDi family with up to 180hp and 400Nm of torque, for the segment’s best-in-class levels of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions (BlueHDi 115 S&S 6-speed manual: 5.1l/100 km and 133g of CO2) and efficient running costs.
Citroën E-Mehari is a cheeky nod to its older sibling, the legendary 1968 Mehari, but with an all-electric 4-seater cabriolet with a modern and fun look and feel.
A unique personality: with a front end panel which picks up Citroën's distinctive styling, as well as a plethora of personalisation options including 4 bodywork colours (Blue, Orange, Yellow and Beige), 2 bonnet colours and 2 seat colours
playful, yet practical: Citroën E-Mehari stands out with its 3.81m length, removable fabric roof, raised chassis and thermoformed bodywork made from a plastic which is impervious to corrosion and shrugs off minor everyday knocks. The entire vehicle is unique given that it is washable both inside and out
100% electric technology: with its LMP® (Lithium Metal Polymer) batteries, produced using the French know-how of the Bolloré group, E-Mehari delivers a top speed of 110km/h and a range of 200km in the urban cycle (fully recharged in 8 hours with 16A current, or 13 hours via 10A household sockets.)
03. THE RANGE: COMPLETE COMFORT
For nearly 100 years, Citroën's expertise in providing comfort has separated it from the rest of the crowd. As the common denominator of the current Citroën range and all future models to follow, comfort has always been a priority for the brand. Citroën's flair in its approach to vehicle design is legendary.
The watchwords are consistent overall comfort and well-being for mind and soul, enabling our cars to meet new expectations and provide an entirely new automobile experience.
To better address the global dimension of comfort, Citroën introduced the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme.
The Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme has four objectives:
Driving comfort, filtering out any exterior interference, for a cocoon-like ride, with solutions for suspension vibration and acoustics
Living comfort, simplifying life on board, with generous, space, functional storage compartments and an ingenious layout
Functional comfort, creating a smoother experience with intuitive technology, driving aids that can be used every day, and digital continuity between passengers and the car
Comfort of mind, ensure peace of mind by supporting drivers, organising readouts to display only information that is truly useful, and creating a relaxed interior ambience
Through this programme, Citroën is restating its credentials and expertise in the field of comfort, with a range of innovations contributing to passenger well-being and a brand signature that is unique in the market. The Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme is present at each stage of the brand vehicle design process.
The Citroën range is also notable for its cutting-edge engines and gearboxes. With its BlueHDi diesel and PureTech petrol drivetrains, Citroën has an efficient vehicle for every segment, meeting the needs of every customer in an environmentally friendly way.
In Petrol: the three-cylinder PureTech engine is recognised for its enjoyment and low consumptions, especially the three-cylinder Turbo named ‘Engine of the Year’ for the second year running;
In Diesel: the BlueHDi technology: as for the FAP, PSA had a blow beforehand. Source of 100 patents, our system of post-treatment "BlueHDi" compound of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) positioned upstream to the FAP, allows the elimination of up to 90% of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted by engines.
Citroën also offers a new EAT6 automatic gearbox which delivers a pleasurable drive and lower fuel consumption. The EAT6 gearbox, combined with Stop&Start technology, means that the New Citroën C4 PureTech 130 S&S EAT6 returns combined cycle figures of 4.8l/100km for 110g/km of CO2 (depending on country). The same gearbox is also available in Citroën's New C4 Picasso and New Grand C4 Picasso, models.
CITROËN CONNECT NAV
First released for the Citroën SpaceTourer, Citroën Connect Nav is a next-generation 3D navigation system featuring:
A set of services available via a new 7" capacitive touchscreen for effortless, fingertip precision
Real-time traffic information, routing you around traffic jams to save you time and give you peace of mind
Petrol station and car park prices
Searches for local points of interest
Free map updates for life, 4 times per year, and Citroën Connect Nav Pack services for 3 years.
Citroën Connect Nav also includes the Mirror Screen* function, which lets you safely mirror and use applications from your smartphone on the car's 7-inch touchscreen, through the MirrorLink® (Android) and CarPlay™ (iPhone) technologies.
04. ON THE STAND
Citroën will welcome the public in a space covering some 2,260m² inside Hall 1 (Aisle C, Stand 320).
The Citroën stand will be divided into two separate worlds, both synonymous with vitality, well-being and optimism:
Citroën Advanced Comfort® embodied by the CXPERIENCE CONCEPT car
A world entirely dedicated to the New Citroën C3, on display in 10 different configurations. La Maison Citroën provides the continuity between these two worlds.
Visitors will also be able to discover the CXPERIENCE CONCEPT interior, with a 360° virtual reality tour of the concept car.
Customers can relax in the comfort zone and experience “Crystal” seats designed by Saharfamouri (a Parisian brand of high-end contemporary furniture). These modular seats are studiously designed and can be set to different positions and configurations.
For the first time, ConnectedCAM Citroën™ that records what the driver sees through the windscreen will be presented with an original animation called Photocall ConnectedCAM Citroën™ andWRC fans will be able to experience the New C3 WRC CONCEPT car.
La Maison Citroën offers a visual and sensory experience like in a real home with comfortable seating where visitors can configure a vehicle, listen to music and recharge their smartphones. At the Paris Motor Show, visitors will be able to test the new app “Share With U” which allows users to share media files (games, music and videos) with other passengers.
시트로엥의 베스트셀러 C3의 신형 모델 사진 올려요. 2002년 데뷔해 이번에 3세대 모델이며 역대 모델 중 가장 큰 변화를 가져왔습니다.
오너의 선택에 따라 꾸밈새가 상당히 다양하네요.
컬러뿐만 아니라 사이드 고무 충격 방지 커버까지..
국내엔 아마도 내년에 들여오지 않을까 기대해봅니다.
Citroën is today unveiling The New Citroën C3, the latest take on a best-seller that has sold more than 3.5 million units since 2002. With its distinctive design and colourful personality, it’s brimming over with an exuberant freshness and optimism that will rock the market. Its unique morphology and original graphic features express energy and confidence. Audacious by design and extensively customizable, leaving full scope for individual expression. The interior is carefully thought out to make driver and passengers feel comfortable, to make each journey a pleasurable experience. And the car is fitted out with the very latest technologies, including a world première appearance for Citroën ConnectedCam™, an on-board HD camera that lets you share your road-trip photos and videos directly.
With the arrival of New C3 there’s a wind of change blowing through the motoring scene. The versatile little hatchback sets a style of its own, standing out from the crowd with its perky, colourful, appealing personality. New Citroën C3 offers a delightfully offbeat take on in-car living.
“The new C3 has all the Citroën brand markers and all the qualities to give the brand new impetus. A major challenge for our best-seller, which accounts for almost one sale in five in Europe for Citroën. A comfortable car with real personality, it is set to appeal to new customers looking for a modern car of character.” Linda Jackson, Citroën Brand CEO
The New C3 embodies the core values of Citroën:
«OPTIMISTIC» New C3 is audacious by design, with a strikingly unique morphology whose keynote features are a high-standing, charismatic front end and generous curves, producing a powerful, energetic posture. The slick, smooth outline, graphic signature and cool colours make New C3 an undeniable trend-setter. And the car’s strong personality readily accommodatesextensive customization capabilities, designed with a global approach, for coherence and value enhancement. This is an affordable mid-range model addressing a broad sector of the population with the promise of a singular car that can match individual tastes and aspirations. For the two-toneexterior, there’s a choice of three roof colours, plus colour choices for the foglamps, wing mirrors, rear C pillar graphic and Airbumps®. Inside, customers can choose between four different mood packs addressing three different motoring outlooks. As soon as you step in, the interior feels remarkably spacious, a sensation enhanced by the upholstery and uncluttered horizontal dashboard.
«HUMAN»New C3 exudes an unmistakable impression of well-being. The design was guided throughout by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, which charts an up-to-the-minute approach to Citroën’s time-honoured supremacy in motoring comfort. The sensation of superlative comfort starts with the seats, visually as well as physically comfortable, the panoramic sunroof that floods the passenger compartment in light, the ingenious stowagefeatures, and the generous space allocations. These first impressions are confirmed by the colours and materials, which draw overt inspiration from the worlds of furniture and travel,consistent with New C3’s aim tomake people feel literally at home when travelling by car.The deliberately designed cocoon effect filters out disturbances from the outside world, and offers ergonomic usage with all functions accessible from the 7” screen, plus hands-free ignition. Equipped with 5 doors, the new C3 is practical while remaining compact with its length contained to 3,99m.
«SMART» New C3 brings up-to-the-minutes technologies, starting with the world première of Citroën ConnectedCam™, a fully integrated and connected HD camera system that films your on-the-road experience for immediate sharing on the social network or for subsequent viewing (or as evidence in the event of an incident, for example). Advanced driver assistance systems include: 3D connected navigation with speech recognition, reversing camera, lane departure alert, and blind spot monitoring. The efficiency of New C3 also extends to a full range of high-performance, high-efficiency engines (PureTech petrol, BlueHDi diesel) and the EAT6 latest-generation automatic transmission.
“With its unique body style, personalised features and connectivity, the new C3 is a bold, fresh, modern car. It illustrates the ongoing Citroën product offensive!”
Xavier Peugeot, Citroën Brand Product Director
01 «OPTIMISTIC» : AUDACIOUS BY DESIGN
1. Distinctively offbeat
There’s nothing like The New C3 on the road today, in terms of audacious design and charisma. Its offbeat attitude bristles with freshness end energy, backed by rugged strength. It shuns the usual stereotypes of its segment to prefer a highly individual and instantly recognizable outline of its own, lending a distinctively dynamic slant to the curves that endeared its predecessor to such a wide audience.
In volumes and proportions it takes on a unique morphology, in true Citroën style. The high-standing front end is strong and compelling, giving a powerful impression of robustness with a horizontally balanced outline right through from the waist. The resulting vehicle posture looks natural and steady. The fluid curves and muscular flanks lend vigour and power. The pure, wholesome, unaggressive appearance is highlighted by potent graphic features. New C3 is different. It’s energetic and modern, yet calm and reassuring.
With Citroën’s characteristic two-tier front light signature, the car seems to looks upward, enhancing the impression of bonnet height. The double chrome bar underlining the chevrons runs right through to the LED daytime running lamps, enhancing the impression of width. The round headlamps express a strong technological content. The protective bumper below is in the body colour, again to enhance the sense of height and lend a go-anywhere spirit. The foglamps feature colour surrounds for a touch of sparkle.
Looking at the side, the first detail you notice is the floating roof held by the black windscreen pillars, and the taut roof curves accentuating the dynamic outline. The car’s protective function shows through clearly in the balanced proportion between body panels and glazed surfaces. The horizontal belt line continues the deliberately high bonnet line, producing a steady, stable, reassuring posture. Body surfaces are fluid and unaggressive, extending down over the wheels, which have the largest diameter of any car in this segment (640 mm), another strong character feature. The large wheels also contribute to vehicle comfort, making for a high flank (even with 17” wheels) and filling the arches, which can be fitted with extensions for a crossover appearance. At the rear, the generously sized, muscular wings give the car a dynamic appearance, an impression accentuated by the very short overhangs.
The Airbump® panels (air-filled bumps with a scratch-proof surface as seen on Cactus) are a Citroën signature feature, giving personality and style, as well as protecting the vehicle. The aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane material used in the Airbump® panels gives excellent resistance to everyday aggression, from sunlight, water, ageing, scratches, etc. Each comprises six air-filled bumps at the door bottom, an especially vulnerable area of the car in an urban environment. The Airbump® panels have a white or red graphic, depending on the version.
The rear of the vehicle emphasizes width, with smooth surfaces providing an ideal backdrop for the 3D rear lamps, which lend a unique, high-tech identity to New C3. The lower protection affords good everyday protection. The C3 badge is different to that sported by the previous model: the figure 3 appears in black with a chrome surround, recalling the gloss black chevrons with chrome surround used by Citroën models since C4 Cactus.
In tune with its times, all-round attention has been given to aerodynamics on C3. The roof is 4 cm lower than on the previous model. And all surfaces are optimized allowing a clean a controlled airflow.
2. Spacious interior designed as a living area
The New C3 interior is designed to feel like an extension to the driver’s home, a place it feels good to be in. It’s welcoming, contemporary, intuitive and superbly comfortable. It’s safe and peaceful. The Citroën designers drew inspiration from non-automotive worlds (architecture, furniture, decoration, etc.) to define its volumes and materials. It’s also an incitement to escapade, expressed through detailed features such as the trunk straps on the doors, another little offbeat signature of the Citroën range.
The basic interior design principles taken up in New C3 are uncluttered space, consistency, full and soft shapes. The perception of space is immediately suggested by a horizontal layout, and especially by the horizontal dashboard, which runs right across the whole vehicles width. The uncluttered, monolithic dashboard immediately clarifies the simplicity-oriented design approach to the passenger compartment as a whole. Technological content is prominent, in the form of the 7” touchscreen that appears suspended in the centre. The chrome-surround air vents at either side of the dashboard again enhance the impression of width.
The dashboard design features a broad crosswise trim that lends a sense of both width and character. The customer has a choice of finishes for this feature, which makes a strong statement on design quality. It can be painted, wrap with textile or TEP lining, with or without over-stitching, and a chrome or colour surround. It matches the seat material.
The seats, key items in on-board wellbeing, have a unique design, wide and generous. Again we see the pervasive emphasis on width, a crosswise prominence amplifying the impression of space and expressing the virtues of comfort. The impression of comfort is further stated in the choice of bright, warm materials having a deliberately non-automotive look and feel. There is a very strong sense of overall stylistic coherence throughout.
3. Extensive customization capability, unique for a mid-range model
Customization is an increasingly widespread social phenomenon, in response to people’s wish to express their own personal style choices. New C3 is the first mid-range model to offer an extensive and coherent customization capability, which goes further than add-on colour choices to ensure a quality, harmonious end result consistent with both personality and value. Customization covers both exterior and interior. Exterior appearance choices range from pop to classic, from sportslike to trendy. And the interior mood can emphasize warmth and cosiness, or dynamism and technology.
Freedom of expression, to create a car matched to the driver’s personality, starts with the two-tone vehicle exterior colour scheme. There’s a choice of nine body colours (Banquise White, Perla Nera Black, Shark Grey, Aluminium Grey, Ruby Red, Almond Green, Cobalt Blue, Power Orange and Sand) and three roof colours (Opal White, Onyx Black, Aden Red), which make for 36 possible combinations in all. So customers might like to brighten up a classic body colour with a colourful roof, or moderate a perky body colour with a more sober roof. Breadth of choice is an important factor contributing to the fresh, modern stance taken by New C3.
Colour choice goes beyond the body alone, with various features taking on the roof colour to produce both character and good overall consistency. The roof colour is found in the foglamp trims at the front, the Airbump® surrounds at the side, the wing mirror shells and the rear C pillar graphic.
Interior customization takes the form of a choice of four possible moods, each expressed in upholstery material, matched to the dashboard trim, and various colour and harmony features. There’s something for everybody.
The standard mood is uncluttered and neutral, with yellow over-stitched upholstery.
The Metropolitan Grey mood puts the emphasis on warmth and brightness, with soft colours and textiles, on the dashboard trim as well as the seat upholstery.
The Urban Red mood combines dark and bright colours to produce a dynamic feel. The lined dashboard trim features red over-stitching and has a red surround over the whole width.
The Hype Colorado mood uses soft upmarket materials and special upholstery, with a colour contrast effect and width-wise signature, harmonizing with a two-tone leather-covered steering wheel.
02. «HUMAN»: ON-BOARD WELLBEING
Design of New C3 was driven throughout by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme - global, contemporary, coherent comfort. This innovative programme seeks to offer driver and passengers the unique experience of feeling genuinely at home in their cars.
1. An overriding design emphasis on driver and passenger wellbeing
The sensation of wellbeing starts with the comfortable seats, the panoramic sunroof that floods the passenger compartment in light, the large stowage features, and the generous space allocations. These first impressions are confirmed by the colours and materials, which draw overt inspiration from the worlds of furniture and travel.
The emphasis on wellbeing pervades the interior mood, produced by meticulous attention to colours, volumes, materials and light. Shapes are full and soft, there is no clutter, and there’s a strong width-wise design orientation to enhance the impression of space. Overall harmony is also expressed in the stylistic coherence between doors, seats and dashboard, with the same soft, bright textile affording visual continuity and sense of quality. The harmonious interior is eminently cheerful and optimistic. It’s practical yet offbeat. It’s everything but dull. New C3 innovates by inviting driver and passengers to feel genuinely at home.
The interior is spacious, the most spacious in this vehicle category. The visual impression of width, in the dashboard and seat design, is confirmed by the actual shoulder width of 1379 mm (2 cm more than on the previous model). And legroom for rear-seat passengers is top-level too. The line of the front seats and the shape of the seat back uppers gives optimum visibility, bringing the rear-seat passengers nearer the front for a friendlier in-car atmosphere, bright and homely thanks to the panoramic sunroof.
Great attention was given to the New C3 seats, which appear sculpted in a modern style to suggest generous width and comfort. Seat bottom and back dimensions give an immediate impression of space. The line of the seats is engaging, inspired by furniture design to suggest relaxation and extend an invitation to pleasurable travel.
The seats use quality exterior materials and supple interior foams to give excellent lumbar support and approach comfort. So comfort involves a two-stage process: soft and welcoming when the passenger takes the seat but firm and reassuring thereafter. The supple seat foams have another purpose, namely to filter out the untoward effect of irregular road surfaces. This is another important factor contributing to the overall sense of in-car comfort.
Particularly agile thanks to its 10.7m turning diameter of radius, the new C3 measures 3,99m and offers compactness in town. It has 5 doors and 5 places making it practical in all circumstances.
2. Advanced ergonomics for a smooth driving experience
For true homely comfort, the car also has to offer a hassle-free user experience, with fluid, intuitive access to vehicle functions. Under the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New Citroën C3 was designed with ergonomics uppermost in mind, as seen in the numerous ingenious stowage features, the clearly staged presentation of driver information, and a wealth of intuitive technologies for making life easier.
New C3 promises great everyday practicality. Designers paid special attention to stowage facilities, designed for optimum functionality without compromising interior harmony. There’s an ingenious central cubby, designed to keep maximum free space at the front of the vehicle. And the glove box is the largest in this vehicle segment. The front doors have capacious and ingenious cubbies, in a light colour to contrast with what’s in them, making things easier to find. And the New C3 boot volume approaches 300 litres, which cuts down on the often difficult task of deciding what to take and what not to take.
A smooth driving experience also calls for an intuitive, interactive and responsive interface, which New C3 offers through its 7” touchscreen tablet, acting as the vehicle control centre. This provides modern, intuitive access to all vehicle functions, and makes for a superbly uncluttered dashboard. The tablet uses capacitive screen technology, for optimum response. And the groove at the bottom acts as a handrest, for optimally comfortable usability.
Convenience continues with the car’s hands-free access and ignition system, which means you can lock/unlock and start the car without even needing to take the key out of your pocket. The car recognizes its driver as you approach.
03«SMART» : UP-TO-THE-MINUTE TECHNOLOGIES
1. Citroën ConnectedCam™
The Citroën ConnectedCam™ system is a practical, convenient and friendly Citroën-made technology making its first worldwide appearance on New C3. It’s a connected camera (wide 120° angle, full HD, 2 million pixels) with GPS and a 16 GB internal memory, fitted just behind the rear-view mirror, from where it records what the driver sees through the windscreen, logging the driving experience for two main purposes:
The driver can click to safely take photos (scenery, sunsets, whatever), for keeping or sharing on the social networks immediately, or keep the button pressed to shoot films up to 20 seconds long for sharing once the car is stationary. Stored content is directly accessible for keeping or sharing via the free application Citroën ConnectedCamTM.
In the event of vehicle impact, the system switches on automatically to record and save. The video can run for up to 1½ minutes (30 seconds before and 60 after). This footage can be useful as evidence following an incident
With the Citroën ConnectedCam application you can also geolocate your vehicle and store the position so that you can find it easily.
2. A wealth of useful technologies
The PSA Group A platform was optimized for this new model, bringing an excellent footprint/space ratio, an appealing morphology, and superb comfort and efficiency. For comfort, an advanced suspension system was used, based on a proven axle system architecture (pseudo Macpherson with deformable strut). This very effectively filters out road surface irregularities, letting the body “breathe” through minor vertical motion, a typically Citroën suspension signature. Soundproofing is as good as it gets, as is safety, with features such as the new “H” crossbar under the seats, for the best possible impact withstand.
New C3 comes with a choice of latest-generation highly efficient and fuel-economical PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines. There’s a choice of three PureTech three-cylinder petrol engines, with manual transmission: PureTech 68, 82 and 110 (Stop & Start). And there are two manual diesel powertrains: BlueHDi 75 (Stop & Start) and 100 (Stop & Start). For the ultimate in driveability and comfort, New C3 will shortly be coming in an EAT6 automatic version too.
New C3 comes with a vast array of useful assistance, safety and comfort technologies making life on board easier and enhancing the driving experience:
Technologies for assistance:
CITROËN Connect Nav on 7" Touch Drive interface is a new-generation connected touch-operated satnav system controlled by voice or from the 7” touchscreen tablet. It ties in with connected services such as TomTom Traffic, for realtime traffic information, geolocation and price details for service stations and carparks, weather forecasts, and information on local points of interest. There’s also an optional “danger zones” service that provides visual and audible warnings of accident black spots and dangers, in realtime. Car-driver interaction is enhanced by speech recognition for navigation, phone and media. functions
Mirror Screen technology duplicates the driver’s smartphone screen directly on the vehicle’s central screen. The driver can access to his multimedia content and monitor directly his smartphone from the digital screen. Available with Apple CarPlayTM, Android Auto (available early2017) and MirrorLink®.
The reversing camera, with parking aids, switches on automatically when reverse gear is selected, to provide valuable extended-vision assistance during vehicle manoeuvres, in the form of a main-screen display of what’s behind the car, along with colour markers indicating distance to any obstacles.
Hill-Start Assist helps with pullaway from standstill on gradients steeper than 3%, preventing unwanted vehicle motion down the slope when the brake pedal is released by stabilizing the car for two seconds.
Technologies for safety:
Lane Departure Warning System helps guard against driver drowsiness and momentary inattention, at speeds from 65 km/h. If the car crosses a lane marker line without the indicator having been activated, the system issues a visual and audible warning.
The Blind-Spot Monitoring System detects whether there is a vehicle in the blind spot, and shows this as a pictogram in the wing mirror. This system, which uses the same principle as a reversing radar, provides a valuable safety boost on routes such as urban motorways.
Driver Attention Alert warns the driver when it’s time to take a break, i.e. after two hours’ uninterrupted driving at speeds above 70 km/h, then every hour thereafter.
Citroën Connect Box with SOS Pack puts the driver in touch with a specialized assistance service. In the event of accident, a short message is sent in manual or automatic mode via GSM to a platform hosting the call processing service. The message includes vehicle identification, driver phone number and precise geographical location details.
Services available through Citroën Connect Packs, requiring the Citroën Connect Box with SOS Pack and assistance, come in three packs: the Monitoring pack (free), which includes a virtual service log and eco-driving advice; the Mapping pack (optional), for geolocating the vehicle; and the Tracking pack (optional), which maximizes the chance of finding a stolen vehicle. Pack subscriptions can be taken out at the dealership or online on the website MyCitroen.fr