Citroen Back With A Bang – New C3 & C3 Aircross
Citroen is back in South Africa with a bang following the launch of three new models this week. Among the three new models, two of them are the new Citroen C3, C3 Aircross.
The entry-level Citroen C3 hatchback has been refreshed to appeal to a much younger market than before thanks to its youthful and vibrant styling. There are a lot of interesting colours around the car, like the contrasting bright colours around the foglamps. The roof also has a trendy floating effect thanks to gloss black pillars around the C3 and the doors feature the texture-rich ‘AirBumps’ as seen on the previous Cactus model. Up front is a pair of slim LED headlights outlined by two chrome bars that extend from the Citroen logo on the grille.
The interior is equally as exuberant with a large 7-inch touch screen at the centre of the dashboard to handle infotainment duty and connectivity through Bluetooth, USB and Apple CarPlay support. “With its unique body style, personalised features and connectivity, the new C3 is a bold, fresh, modern car. It illustrates the ongoing Citroën product offensive!” said Xavier Peugeot, Citroën Brand Product Director
The C3 is available in two variants. The entry-level ‘Feel’ model is powered by a 60kW 1.2-litre 3-cylinder naturally aspirated engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the more premium ‘Shine’ model makes use of a turbocharged 81kW 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed EAT transmission.
The second new model is the Citroen C3 Aircross which is a compact SUV version of the C3 hatchback. As such, the design is also based largely on the C3 hatchback albeit its raised ground clearance and high driving position. The pillars and roof of the C3 Aircross are finished in gloss black to emphasise the colourful roof rails. The boot of the compact SUV is also larger, offering capacity from 410-litres all the way up to 1289-litres with the rear seats folded down.
The C3 Aircross makes use of the turbocharged 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine , producing 81kW of power and 205Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission on both ‘Feel’ and ‘Shine’ derivatives.
Citroen C3 Feel – R239 900
Citroen C3 Shine – R289 900
Citroen C3 Aircross Feel – R339 900
Citroen C3 Aircross Shine – R359 900
Prices include a 5-year/100,000km warranty and service plan.