New Citroen C3 range revealed
Citroen C3 model line-up streamlined and upgraded to offer more standard equipment
Citroen has simplified the C3 range to reflect demand in the UK for well-equipped cars. The brand has reduced the number of trim levels on offer, halving the range from six to three, and increased the level of standard equipment. The revised C3 range is available to order now.
The current entry-level Touch model, the Feel Nav Edition, Flair and Flair Nav Edition models will all be withdrawn. The Flair and Flair Nav Edition will in effect be combined to create the Flair Plus, leaving the Feel, Origins and Flair Plus models in the revised Citroen C3 range.
The entry-level C3 Feel has more standard equipment than the outgoing Touch model. It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, lane departure warning system, automatic air-conditioning, a seven-inch colour touchscreen and a choice of up to four optional roof colours.
The Origins was introduced earlier in 2019 to pay homage to Citroen’s centenary and effectively becomes the mid-range model in the revised lineup. This Origins comes with a bi-tone roof, ‘Airbump’ panels and a model-specific interior. The car also features the exterior colour pack, plus bronze accents and graphics inside and out.
The Origins has a number of additional safety systems including an emergency call system known as Connect Box Emergency & Assistance, Active Safety Brake, Intelligent Beam Headlights, Rear Parking Sensors and Connect Nav. The latter includes a three-year subscription to TomTom Live, providing real time traffic updates via a built-in sim card.
The range-topping Flair Plus gets Citroen’s integrated ConnectedCAM dash cam system, Citroën’s Connect Nav, a leather steering wheel, a colour reversing camera, tinted rear windows and a red interior. A wider choice of engine and gearbox options are naturally also available.
As well as the tweaks made to the model range, Citroen has also made some changes to the C3 itself. These include a new, more efficient alternator, drag-reducing underbody panels and new low rolling resistance tyres, which should make the C3 more economical.
The C3 is Citroen’s best-selling model in the UK, with around 42,000 sold since its launch in January 2017. Around 62% of buyers opted for the outgoing top-spec Flair or Flair Nav Edition trim levels, which helps to explain why Citroen has made changes to the models on offer.
The updated Citroen C3 range is available to order now with deliveries scheduled for October. Prices for the Feel model with a petrol engine and manual gearbox start at £15,860, while the Origins model is £17,160 and the Flair Plus costs £20,145.
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