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The all-new 2017 Citroen C3, spied testing in a thin layer of camouflage less than a month ago, has surfaced online today ahead of its world premiere in France.

As those earlier spy photos hinted, the new 2017 C3 hatch builds on the styling of Citroen’s latest offerings.

Like the taller Picasso models, the new C3 features a three-tier lighting design at the front end, with a pair of slender daytime lamps set above the main driving lights and the lower-set fog lights – the latter likely only appearing on higher-spec models and options lists.

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And, as with the quirky-cool C4 Cactus, the new C3 will feature a strip of rubber ‘air bumps’ across the door panels.

But, while the Cactus’s bubbles are designed ostensibly to protect from errant shopping carts, the lower positioning and thinner design of these bubble strips mean they’re unlikely to stop much more than a pedal scrape from a passing cyclist.

To that end, the C3’s bumps look to be more of an affectation than a particularly functional guard – but one that could work well enough as a trendy attention-getting feature.

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Rounding out the styling tricks are a two-tone paint scheme on this example, crossover-like plastic cladding to the guards and sills, and rounded LED tail lamps inspired by the latest Citroen range and the updated DS 3 hatch.

In the cabin, there’s clean and mildly retro-inspired design that includes a long satin-silver framed dash face, matched to silver and – in this model – copper brown highlights.

Full details for the new light hatch are still to come, although reports suggest the new C3 will measure in at 3.99 metres long, making it around 30mm longer than the DS3 and 70mm shorter than the Mazda2.

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Whether we’ll see the new C3 in Australia remains to be seen, with the current model withdrawn from the local market last year.

The little 2017 Citroen C3 is expected to be unveiled overnight. Watch for more to come in the hours ahead.

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