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2006-05-30 10:30

Nip and tuck for C3

The four-model, C3 range is driven by three engine models - a turbo diesel engine and 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines.

Some of the changes on the C3 include a fully redesigned dashboard, plus new door panels and upholstery. Like before the C3 comes with a host of standard features such as power steering, airconditioner, front loading single disc CD Player with satellite audio controls, remote central locking, automatically operated headlamps and front windscreen wipers, which are also speed sensitive.

There are also subtle changes to the car's exterior design. According to Citroen the front end sports a more imposing bumper, which varies according to the model, and a new radiator grille with bigger chevrons.

At the rear, the C3 features new lights with a crystal central area, along with new chevrons. There are also new 16-inch alloy wheels on the top of the range 1.6i model.

The following main passive safety features are offered as standard:

  • 2 front Airbags
  • Seatbelts with three anchor points, and force limiter
  • The front seatbelts are fitted with pyrotechnic pretensioners.
  • Isofix anchor points at the rear side seats.
  • Child safety locks with engagement indicators.
  • Side Impact protection bars in the doors.
  • Collapsible steering wheel
  • Emergency Fuel Cut-off.
  • ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Emergency Brake Assistance (EBA), except on 1.4 manual model.

    Three engines

    Having launched the 1.4 HDi Diesel engine in the C2 range recently, Citroën SA has added the HDi DV4TD engine to the C3 range.

    This inline 4 cylinder, 1398cc, turbodiesel produces 50 kW of power at 4 000 r/min and 140 Nm of torque at 1 750 r/min.

    In addition to the diesel engine, the C3 range is fitted with a 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre petrol engine units.

    The 1.4 litre, fuel injected, four-cylinder inline powerplant delivers 54 kW at 5 400 r/min whilst the torque figures are 115 Nm at 3 300 r/min.

    The range topping 1.6 litre petrol engine develops 80 kW of power at 5 750 r/min and 144 Nm at 4 000 r/min. This model is fitted with a choice of a five speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic gearbox.

    To enhance driving dynamics, Citroën has fitted the C3 range with new running gear too.


  • 1.4i Manual: R115 995
  • 1.4 HDi Manual: R129 995
  • 1.6i Manual: R129 995
  • 1.6i Auto: R139 995

    All C3 models are offered with 20 000km service intervals, a 2 year / 60 000 km service plan, a comprehensive 1 year roadside assistance plan and a 3 year warranty.

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