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Citroen's cheeky new baby C1 for Geneva

2014-02-25 13:59

BONJOUR BEBE: Citroen will unveil its new C1 at the 2014 Geneva auto show in March. Image: Citroen


2014 Citroen C1

2014-02-25 11:41

Citroen will debut its new C1 at the 2014 Geneva International Auto Show.

  • Two-tone bodies, coloured interiors
  • More comfort but only 3.46m long
  • 18cm touchscreen, new engines
  • Car weighs only 840kg
  • New open-top derivative called Airscape
LONDON, England - French automaker Citroen will unveil its cheeky new C1 at the 2014 Geneva auto show in March. Citroen says the new model is a fresh take on a best-seller that has notched up more than 760 000 sales since its launch in 2005.

Citroen South Africa says the C1 will arrive here in September 2014 with both the new 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engines.


The first of the two new engine choices is the one-litre e-VTi 68 Airdream engine (50kW) mated to a five-speed gearbox, featuring stop/start technology with a special aerodynamics pack or an optional ‘clutchless’ efficient tronic gearbox. Citroen said:  “The five-speed auto gearbox features a creep function and optimised pedal mapping, adjusting power effectively for smoother start-ups and enhanced driveability.”

The automaker says official power figures are not ready yet for this unit.

GALLERY: New Citroen C1 images

The 1.2 litre, three-cylinder petrol VTi 82 unit makes 61kW/118Nm with a claimed fuel consumption of 4.3 litres/100km and 99g/km CO2 emissions.

It will be available in three- and five-door versions and in a new open-top derivative called Airscape.

The new C1 has more dynamic lines and "a cheerful front end with a cheeky gaze created by the headlights”, while the glass tailgate and square lights create a 3D effect, says Citroen.

It has compact exterior dimensions - 3.46m long, 1.62m wide and 1.45m tall and a turning circle of 4.80m. Optional features include keyless entry and drive, reversing camera and hill-start assist.

There are eight body colours including black, grey, brown white, blue and red and, says the automaker, the car can be personalised with two-tone colour options.  It also comes with 14’’ or 15’’ wheel covers and 15’’ alloys.

Two special launch versions are available with different body and roof colours - brown roof and white body. The Airscape is also two-tone with a soft top contrasting with the body colour available in three colours: red, black or grey.

Inside the dashboard features bright colours on the multimedia panel, air vent trim and gear lever base, while the door panels include body-coloured inserts. Boot space is rated at 196 litres and when the rear seats are folded, boot capacity increases to 780 litres.

The new C1 features connectivity with ‘Mirror Screen’ technology which allows the driver to copy smartphone content to the 18cm touchscreen to control functions such as navigation, phone, address book, music, web radio and any other useful driving apps, says Citroen.

Citroen South Africa has not yet confirmed if or when the new models will make it to SA.

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