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Citroen reveals updated C3 supermini

Citroen’s restyled C3 will arrive in the UK this summer, with emissions as low as 87g/km CO2.

The updated version of the supermini will show a new, more assertive look with a restyled front end and new tail lights.

new Citroen C3 2013

There will be the option of two new PureTech 3 cylinder petrol engines that deliver 15 per cent more power and reduce fuel consumption by 25 per cent.

The VTi 68 and VTi 82 PureTech engines achieve impressively low fuel consumption, between 62.8 and 65.7mpg, and CO2 emissions between 99 and 104g/km. A VTi 120 engine is also available with a manual or automatic gearbox.

In addition, the new Citroen C3 will be available in the UK with four diesel engines - HDi 70, e-HDi 70, HDi 90 and e-HDi 115. The three powerplants with the brand’s micro-hybrid e-HDi technology boast the most efficient Stop & Start system on the market for some of the lowest CO2 emissions in the class - from as low as 87 g/km.

Compact but roomy

Despite being just 3.94 metre long and just 1.71 metres wide, the C3 boasts a boot capacity of 300 litres with an abundance of storage compartments. Citroen C3 2013 rear

On the outside, the restyled front end features include updated chevrons and bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights. A new Ink blue body paint is also available, expanding the range’s palette to a total of nine colours.

Inside, the cabin, there is chrome detailing and a thermo-coated soft-touch dashboard. This can be underlined with new dashboard strips in matt black, a warm brown or Moondust grey, which coordinate with the new style upholstery. The instrument cluster is also backlit in white for a contemporary look and easier-to-read driving information.

The new Citroen C3 retains the unique Zenith windscreen which increases the upward field of vision for front passengers by 80° and combines with ultra-slim pillars to give a panoramic view of the road ahead.

For added user convenience, the new Citroen C3 will also be available with a reversing camera and parking sensors, together with equipment such as an RD4 MP3 audio system, Connecting Box (Bluetooth hands-free kit, jack plug and USB socket), eMyWay navigation and a powerful HiFi System®.

The new model will makes its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show from March 5, 2013 before it goes on sale across Europe later in the year. 

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Faye Sunderland

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