Australia will get just one trim level, the C3 Shine which will come fully loaded with high-level features, and will be available with just one engine and transmission combo that sees Citroen’s 81kW/205Nm three-cylinder turbo petrol engine paired with a six-speed automatic.
Pricing will start from $22,990 plus on road costs, but for that the C3 Shine will eschew a traditional entry-level model and instead arrive with a list of standard features like single-zone climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-on headlights and windscreen wipers, and DAB+ digital radio.
Infotainment technology sees a 7.0-inch touchscreen charged with running all major interior and vehicle settings, plus the system is capable of smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or MirrorLink.
The small Citroen really hopes to grab the attention of buyers via its bold appearance though, showing off the latest iteration of Citroen’s controversial AirBump body protection strips which debuted with the C4 Cactus SUV - though this time the bumps are more subtle.
Inside the C3 goes even further on its design odyssey, with an interior that despite hard plastic on most surfaces looks and feels more premium thanks to Citroen’s use of fabric inserts and leather-look inserts on the dash and doors, plus a colour palette that breaks away from the usual boring black or grey of most competitors.
Aussie buyers will also be able to pick from nine exterior colours and four contrasting roof shades, though white is the only no-cost colour while optional solid paint incurs a $290 surcharge, and metallic paint asks $590, though opting for a two-tone finish comes at no extra cost.
Also new to the options list is Citroen’s new $600 Connected Cam - an integrated forward facing HD camera that can be controlled via a smartphone app to take video or photos that can later be shared with friends on social media, or can operate like an aftermarket dash cam. A fixed-glass panoramic roof is also available for $600.
Standard safety inclusions extend to six airbags (dual front, front seat side, and full-length curtain, electronic stability control, reversing camera, lane departure warning, and speed limit recognition, but autonomous emergency braking is not available, either standard or as an option.
The new C3 goes on sale in Australia later this month. Keep an eye on TMR for an overseas preview drive next week.
C3 Shine automatic - $22,990
Manufacturer's list price excluding on-road costs. Overseas model shown.
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