The new Citroën C3 will be available to New Zealanders this month and models are arriving in the country now, the company says. The arrival of the new supermini comes after the model was released in North America and Europe mid last year.
The new C3 is powered by a 1.2 litre, three-cylinder turbo high pressure petrol engine producing 81kW at 5500rpm and 205Nm of torque made from 1500rpm. The combined fuel consumption of the model is rated at 4.9L/100km.
The model incorporates some innovative new smart features that improve safety and user experience. As an option, the consumer can purchase a “ConnectedCAM system” that features a forward facing, full-HD, wide angle camera with GPS and a 16 GB internal memory. The camera is fitted in front of the rear-view mirror and records while you drive, allowing the driver to safely take photos of the view ahead.
While this feature may seem novel, it can also provide a record of collisions, ensuring transparency between parties involved.
Other safety features involve a lane departure warning system and cruise control with speed limiting and recommendation features that use the forward facing cameras to assess driving conditions.
The new C3 is longer (L – 3996mm), wider (W- 1749mm) and lower (H – 1474mm) than the previous model, while the wheelbase has increased 82mm to 2540mm. The new model brings increased cabin width and rear seat passenger space, with a boot volume of 300 litres.
Chris Brown, CEO of Auto Distributors NZ, the group responsible for distriibuting Citroën in New Zealand, says that the new C3 is just one of a new generation of products that will change the face of Citroën’s brand over the coming months. “This new generation product will bring the latest Citroen technology and comfort to the New Zealand [market] and will present viable alternatives for those looking to move away from the mainstream brands,” Brown said.
The C3 begins at a price of $26,990 excluding ORC.