Brand-new Citroen C3 unveiled in France ahead of UK launch in early 2017
This is the new Citroen C3, a fresh rival for the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta that has been unveiled at a global launch event in Lyon ahead of UK sales in January 2017.
The C3 is seen as a crucial car for the French marque, as it’s the first mainstream model launched since Citroen’s successful DS sub-brand was carved off to become a manufacturer in its own right. After losing the DS 3 from its own line-up, Citroen needs the C3 to succeed to prove that it can still make a successful small car carrying the double-chevron badge.
The new C3’s exterior styling builds on the family traits shown in the Citroen C4 Picasso, while incorporating some key elements from the quirky C4 Cactus. At the front, there’s a mix of ultra-slim daytime running lights, neatly integrated into the chrome badge and chunky headlights, with a set of foglights mounted further down the bumper. The rear gets small tail-lights that are close in execution to the C4 Cactus’s – making use of LED technology to give extra depth to their design.