Citroën is not actually trying to hide the 3rd generation of the C3, as the images of the rally version of the car have been released a month ago. But the official images of the car are expected to appear only at the Paris Motor Show, in October. Or close to it. The French magazine L’Argus is not willing to wait and it has anticipated the final lines based on the rally car and in inside information.
L’Argus has confirmed the information from AutoExpress that the 2nd generation Peugeot 208 will premiere the new platform for the B-segment cars. But it calls is otherwise: instead of EMP1, L’Argus says it will be named CMP (Compact Modular Platform). A deal with GM that has gone sour explains why the new C3 will not get the modular platform, but not only that. When its development started, the B618 project, as the new C3 is codenamed, suffered from the ailing finance situation of the PSA group, something that has been addressed by its new CEO, Carlos Tavares.
The new C3 will retain the PF1 platform, the same one from the current C3 and from the 208. Dimensions should be preserved, but the new C3 should be lower and sportier, just like the Peugeot. It will also be produced in Trnava, in Slovakia, like the 208, instead of Poissy, where the current model is manufactured. Production costs will be lower with this.
The new C3 will be revealed in July, but the official presentation to the public will be at the Paris Motor Show. It will have a regular version and a higher ground clearance version, something the XTR of the first generation C3 did not manage to offer. Its engines will remain the same, being basically variations of the 1.2 PureTech 3-cylinder. 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.
Besides the appearance, the new C3 should present a suspension novelty: dampers with hydraulic bump stop from Soben. They aim to make it more comfortable in bumpy roads, something that will be very welcome in emerging countries and their moon-like roads: filled with craters.