A Flash of French Flair
Citroën’s design is synonymous with excitement and individuality, and is as human-centric as it is distinctive. In the case of the new C3 compact crossover, Citroën took inspiration from those who will drive the all-new C3, giving the crossover its unique character that is ideal for South African conditions, and a range of features in typically chic Citroën style. Text:
A Flash of French Flair
Citroën’s design is synonymous with excitement and individuality, and is as human-centric as it is distinctive. In the case of the new C3 compact crossover, Citroën took inspiration from those who will drive the all-new C3, giving the crossover its unique character that is ideal for South African conditions, and a range of features in typically chic Citroën style.
The all-new C3, Citroën’s latest offering, showcases the brand’s unmistakable DNA with a design language that sets it apart from other cars in the B-SUV segment. Its unique and consistent design makes it instantly recognisable as a Citroën. The front of the car features a distinct ‘Y’-form lighting signature and the iconic chevrons at the centre of the grille. The Citroën logo stands proud, separated from the chrome bars that extend towards the daytime running lamps. This design element represents the evolving brand identity of Citroën.
Another notable design feature is the contrast between the horizontal side windows and a strong, vertical C-pillar, a hallmark of Citroën’s design DNA. The rear taillight design is inspired by three geometric forms first seen on the 2022 Citroën Oli concept vehicle. These design elements, along with the sculpted strokes on the bonnet and the emphasised width and volume of the front and rear flanks, add to the crossover’s overall handsomeness, and assertive and robust attitude.
Comfort and Versatility
The C3 interior reflects the distinctive Citroën style and stands out from the crowd. The emphasis is on the brand’s legendary comfort and versatility, catering to the needs of families and individuals alike. The spacious and welcoming interior ensures a sense of well-being and enjoyment for every occupant. The wide dashboard creates a feeling of space, and the seating is fully adjustable with comfortable high-density foam, embodying Citroën Advanced Comfort. The intelligent packaging provides ample storage space, and the technology incorporated in the interior goes beyond functionality.
The elevated ride height and large window areas enhance brightness and visibility, while the choice of materials and colours adds to the overall cabin ambience. The C3 offers generous space for everyone inside, with class-leading rear-seat headroom and ample elbow and knee room. Smart storage solutions are abundant, with a large glovebox and centre console, generously sized front and rear door pockets, cupholders in the front and rear, and dedicated smartphone storage slots.
The internal ambience is enhanced by the trim options available to customers. The horizontal upper section of the dashboard is finished in high-quality anodised material and a modern textured chevron pattern. The dual-tone options on the dashboard complement the C3’s dual-tone roof options. Attention to detail and complementary hues and materials create a feeling of quality throughout the cabin, and the coloured seat stitching adds to the high-quality ambience while matching the signature Citroën Advanced Comfort seat design.
Technology for Today
The all-new C3 is equipped with the latest technology to keep families connected, entertained, and powered up. The 10-inch touchscreen at the centre of the infotainment system is not only the largest in its segment but is also very user-friendly. Bluetooth connectivity is standard, and Mirror Screen technology allows for wireless connectivity, with support for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to access multimedia content and apps. The driver benefits from a new 7-inch colour TFT cluster screen with multiple modes to display vehicle information and monitor various aspects of the car.
Citroën’s attention to detail is evident in the design of the cabin. Among other unique attributes, phone cables can be tucked away to no longer clutter the dashboard. Neat ‘ears’ on the sides of the climate control bezel help guide cables out of sight, providing a clean and organised look.
Fun to Drive
The new C3 is powered by Citroën’s naturally aspirated 1.2-litre engine, striking a balance between performance and fuel efficiency. With 61kW of power and 155Nm of torque, the C3 delivers adequate power for city driving and open-road cruising, while maintaining fuel efficiency at a rate of just 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres. The suspension system is optimised for driving comfort and sprightly dynamics, delivering a smooth ride over various road surfaces and ensuring high-speed stability. Citroën refers to it as the ‘Flying Carpet Effect,’ which provides better shock absorption and contributes to an overall comfortable experience for all C3 occupants.
The all-new C3 from Citroën showcases the brand’s commitment to distinctive design, comfort, versatility, and advanced technology. With its unique DNA and attention to detail, the C3 stands out as a compelling option for those seeking a stylish, comfortable, and connected driving experience.