Citroën was only supposed to show the new generation C3 tomorrow, but here it is. The website Cocoricauto has published these leaked images and also brought up the first information on the car. The L’Automobile rendering was not exactly the same, but was pretty close to the final car.
The new C3 is 3.99 m long, 1.75 m wide and 1,47 high, with a wheelbase of 2.54 m. Its turning radius is 10.7 m and its trunk is able to carry 300 l of luggage. 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.
This close up reveals part of the instrument panel, with a very visible digital speedometer. There is no information on its engines, but they should also remain the same. They tend to be 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.