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The new Citroen C3 will make its world debut at the 83rd Geneva Motor Show next month with additional features and better appeal, it was announced. Since its launch in 2002, the model has sold almost three million examples.
The new Citroen C3 is set for launch in early summer 2013 in the UK and will feature ‘Créative Technologie' in the shape of the Zenith windscreen, engines designed to deliver CO2 emissions of 87g/km, with the option of the brand's new PureTech 3-cylinder petrol powerplants that can, according to the company, deliver up to 15 per cent more power and a 25 per cent reduction in fuel consumption compared to the previous generation 4-cylinder units they replace.
Citroen has also promised ‘more personality with assertive styling, a revitalised front end and new tail lights’ as well as ‘more occupant comfort with enhanced upholstery choices and new equipment including a reversing camera to make manoeuvres easier’.
At ease in the city or out on the open road, the new C3 offers well-balanced road manners, closely controlled kerb weight, optimised drag of only 0.30 and a range of responsive and efficient engines.
The new Citroen C3 can be powered by Citroen's new-generation PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines with a 1.0 or 1.2-litre capacity. About 52 patents were filed in the development of the new engines to help bring down weight and bulk, optimise combustion and reduce friction with the aim of improving fuel and CO2 efficiency by around 25 per cent.
The VTi 68 and VTi 82 PureTech engines achieve 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 include the most efficient Stop & Start system on the market with some of the best fuel efficiency and lowest CO2 emissions in the class starting from 87 g/km.