The project B61 will have its official revelation in 20 days, more precisely in June 29. In case you are not aware what this codename hides, it is the new generation of the Citroën C3. After being caught in tests under disguise next to its new plant, in Trnava, Slovakia, the car shape is no longer a mystery, but the French magazine L’Automobile decided to take the cover off and to show how the new C3 will look like, according to its sources.
Although the rendering does not present the back bumps between the wheel arches and the C columns, the new Citroën C3 presents the Airbump technology, which minimizes damages in case of side crashes. The new car, built over the PF1 platform, will have a regular version and a higher ground clearance version, something the XTR of the first generation C3 did not manage to offer. There was no time for it to use the CMP, formerly known as EMP1.
Its engines will also remain the same, being basically variations of the 1.2 PureTech 3-cylinder when it relates to the petrol-powered engines. The naturally aspirated versions will have a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automated (called ETG5). The turbocharged version will have the same manual transmission, but the option of a 6-speed automatic (the EAT6 transmission). The 1.6 THP will be exclusive for the DS 3. The diesel units will be variations of the 1.6 BlueHDI, soon to be replaced by a more efficient 1.5 BlueHDI unit. As a strategic model for the French automaker, which has sold more than 3.5 million units since its presentation, in 2002, the C3 could not wait for the new powerplant either.