Despite being only a day away from its official unveiling, the 2017 Citroen C3 has thrown back the covers and revealed itself to the world.
Adopting the brand’s latest styling cues, the C3 dispenses with the jellybean styling of the previous model, introducing a more mature look and borrowing lines from the smaller C1 and larger C4 Cactus (below).
The most obvious of those borrowed elements are slimline versions of the Cactus’ AirBump body mouldings, running in a single row along the bottom of the C3’s doors, and joined by SUV-style black plastic cladding along the bottoms of the bumpers, doors, and wheels arches.
The early image also shows a two-tone paint scheme, showcasing the C3’s floating roof design, with a choice of nine exterior paint colours and three contrasting roof-colours expected to be offered.
At the front of the new C3, Citroen’s chevron grille wraps around high-placed LED daytime running lights, positioned above the lower headlights, while the rear displays a set of multi-reflector tail-lamps, as seen in the current DS 3 hatch.
The previous model C3’s Zenith windscreen has been ditched, but in its place a regular panoramic glass roof will be available as an option, as will high-end features including lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
Another interesting feature expected to debut on the C3 is Citroen’s ConnectedCam technology, essential an in-built dash cam, able to record a 120 degree field of vision. In the event of a collision, Connected Cam will save up to 20 seconds of footage for use in an insurance claim.
On the inside the C3 builds on the funky design language established by the C4 Cactus, with a simple dash facia, large central touchscreen, retro-inspired seat fabrics, and leather strap door pulls.
A regular instrument cluster and redesigned steering wheel and ventilation outlets differ slightly from the minimalist Cactus.
Final details including dimensions and powertrains are yet to be revealed, however the new generation C3 is expected to remain close to the 3.9 metre length of the outgoing model which was discontinued in Australia in 2015.
We’ll bring you the official details of the new C3 range tomorrow, following its official debut.
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