The 3rd generation Citroën C3 has sold over 750,000 units since its launch at the end of 2016, making it one of the most important products in the brand’s portfolio. The 2020 update has been revealed with even more style and substance.
The styling updates seem subtle but look sophisticated. The bottom chrome strip of the chevrons extends to the headlamp housing while the DRLs have also received a subtle styling update. There are new Side Airbumps, new rear quarter panel patterns, and new 17-inch alloy wheels. The rear-end looks more or less the same as the outgoing model with 3D effect taillamp detailing.
According to Citroën, the new model offers up to 97 exterior combinations. There are 7 body colors including the new Elixir Red and Spring Blue. Also on offer are 4 Colour Packs or colored inserts including fog lamp and Airbump trims; 4 roof colors; and 3 roof decors with new graphic themes. There are 3 interior ambiences too.
Interior highlights include new comfort seats, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, TomTom real-time traffic information, ConnectedCAM Citroën with a wide 120° angle, and Assistance & SOS safety feature.
Driver assistance technologies include front & rear parking sensors, reversing camera, Active Safety Brake, Coffee Break Alert, Driver Attention Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Cruise Control, Hill-start Assist, and Lane Departure Warning, which all are fairly self-explanatory.
Powering the C3 is a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine in PureTech 83 or PureTech 110 (turbo) tunes. The 83 tune is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission while the 110 can be had with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 diesel engine on offer, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The new C3 is scheduled to go on sale by June 2020. Citroën is expected to start its India operations later in 2020. It is interesting to see if the brand offers the new C3 in India too.