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UPDATED November 16, 2010, at 4:30pm.

The long-awaited 2011 Citroen C3 has been launched in Australia and – with a starting price of $19,990 (plus on road costs) – is hoping to revive local interest in the brand.

General manager of Citroen Australia, Miles Williams, said he believed the new C3 would attract young buyers, female drivers and many more to the French brand in Australia.

“The new C3 will expand and develop its role of introducing the benefits of Citroen ownership to young car buyers, but, at the same time, with its sophisticated styling and performance, it will also be attractive to people wishing to downsize their car without any loss of style, comfort and driving pleasure,” Mr Williams said.

Like the previous generation C3 that found more than two million buyers around the world, the 2011 Citroen C3 will continue to entice small car customers thanks its improved practicality and economy.

Some of the new features include the new unique panoramic Zenith windscreen (standard on the Exclusive). The French company believes the C3 will appeal to young families and single professionals.

Not to worry though, Citroen still wants older drivers as well. Hoping the C3’s comfortable and spacious interior and high-end specification will help seal the deal.

Exterior design is inspired by more premium models and is emphasis by the front grill and the “incisive boomerang-shaped” headlights.

Measuring  3.94 m long, 1.73 m wide and 1.52 m high, the new C3 has three times more sound insulation around its engine bay compared to the previous generation.

Three engines will be on offer: 1.6-litre HDi turbo diesel (66 kW – 215 Nm – 4.3L/100km), 1.4-litre 16V (54 kW – 118Nm – 6.3L/100km) and the Citroen/BMW co-developed 1.6-litre 16V VTi (88 kW – 160 Nm – 7L/100km).

Features include cruise control (with speed limiter) and a Gear Efficiency Indicator (GEI) which informs the driver as to the most optimum time to change gears for the best fuel economy. All models gain an auxiliary socket as standard and USB is available as an option on the VT and VTR+ (standard on the Exclusive).

Bluetooth phone connectivity as well as audio streaming is also available on the new Citroen C3.

The new C3 will be offered in three trims, VT, VTR+ and exclusive. The base model doesn’t gain the full compliment of six airbags (driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain) as standard.

Prices start at $19,990 (plus on road costs) for the Citroen C3 VT. C3 VTR+ is $23,490 (petrol + automatic), add an extra $500 for the diesel  manual. The top of the range Citroen C3 Exclusive starts at $25,990 (petrol + automatic). $26,490 will get you the Exclusive with a diesel engine (manual).

CITROëN C3 Specifications

C3 Vt C3 Vtr+ C3 Exclusive C3 Vtr+ C3 Exclusive
1.4l 5 spEED ManUAL 1.6l 4 spEED AutoMATIC 1.6l 4 spEED AutoMATIC 1.6l 5 spEED ManUAL HDi 1.6l 5 spEED ManUAL HDi
Emission Standard EuroV EuroV EuroV EuroIV EuroIV
Cylinders 4 4 4 4 4
Bore and Stroke 77 x 75 77 x 85.5 77 x 85.5 75 x 88.3 75 x 88.3
Injection Type Valeo V34.1 Bosch MEV17.4 Bosch MEV17.4 Bosch Common rail 1600 bar Bosch Common rail 1600 bar
Compression Ratio 11.0:1 11.0:1 11.0:1 18.0:1 18.0:1
Turbocharging ~ ~ ~ Turbocharger Turbocharger
Cubic capacity (CC) 1360 1598 1598 1560 1560
Valves per cylinder 2 4 4 4 4
Maximum power (kW?@?rpm) 54?/?5200 88?/?6000 88?/?6000 66?/?4000 66?/?4000
Maximum torque (Nm?@?rpm) 118?/?3300 160?/?4250 160?/?4250 215?/?1750 215?/?1750
Fuel system Multi-point electronic fuel injection Multi-point electronic fuel injection Multi-point electronic fuel injection High pressure
direct diesel injection
High pressure
direct diesel injection
Fuel tank capacity (L) 50 50 50 48 48
Fuel Type/quality 95 RON 95 RON 95 RON Diesel Diesel
Transmission type 5 speed manual Automatic Automatic 5 speed manual 5 speed manual
Speed at 1000 rpm in each gear (kmh) 1st 7.75 8.86 8.85 8.93 8.92
2nd 14.65 16.11 16.08 16.52 16.49
3rd 20.70 24.16 24.13 26.68 26.64
4th 27.20 34.01 33.95 37.51 37.45
5th 34.55 ~ ~ 45.74 46.47
6th ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Reverse 7.40 9.85 9.83 9.25 9.24
Wheels & tyres
Tyre size 185?/?65 R15 185?/?65 R15 195?/?65 R16 185?/?65 R15 195?/?65 R16
15” wheel covers Asterodea Whaletail Whaletail
16” wheel covers Nuclear Nuclear
Full size spare wheel
Space saver spare wheel 125?/?80 R15 125?/?80 R15
Ventilated front discs
Size (mm) 266 x 22 286 x 26 286 x 26 266 x 22 266 x 22
Rear discs
Rear drums
Size 8 inches 249 x 9 mm 249 x 9 mm 8 inches 8 inches
Anti-lock braking system (Abs)
Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
Emergency brake assist (EBA)
Electronic stability program (ESP)
Variable electronic power assisted steering
Number of turns lock to lock 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1
Turning circle (m) 10.2 10.4 10.4 10.2 10.2
Pseudo Macpherson strut front with flexible beam rear
Weights (kgs)
Kerb weight 1030 1135 1135 1080 1080
Maximum roof rack load 70 70 70 70 70
Maximum tow bar down weight 46 46 46 46 46
Maximum trailer towing weight          Braked 1105 1150 1150 1150 1150
Unbraked 550 570 570 570 570
Cd / Frontal Area 0.307 / 2.20 0.307 / 2.20 0.307 / 2.20 0.307 / 2.20 0.307 / 2.20
Cd.A 0.70 0.70 0.70 0.70 0.70
Exterior dimensions (mms)
Length 3941 3941 3941 3941 3941
Width excluding mirrors 1728 1728 1728 1728 1728
Height 1524?–?1538 1524?–?1538 1524?–?1538 1524?–?1538 1524?–?1538
Wheelbase 2451 2451 2451 2451 2451
Interior dimensions (mm)
Boot volume under parcel shelf (litres) 300 300 300 300 300
Boot height under parcel shelf 595 595 595 595 595
Load length with seats up 648 648 648 648 648
Load length with rear seat down 1250 1250 1250 1250 1250
Boot width between the arches 1041 1041 1041 1041 1041
Maximum speed (km?/?h) 163 190 190 180 180
0-100 km?/?h (sec) 14.2 10.9 10.9 11.0 11.0
0-400 metres (sec) 19.1 17.9 17.9 17.8 17.8
0-1000 metres (sec) 35.5 32.4 32.4 32.7 32.7
Extra-Urban (l/100 km) 8.3 9.7 9.7 5.3 5.3
Urban (l/100 km) 5.0 5.4 5.4 3.7 3.7
Combined (l/100 km) 6.3 7.0 7.0 4.3 4.3
CO2 (g/km) 145 160 160 110 110
Vehicle 3 years?/
100,000 kms
3 years?/
100,000 kms
3 years?/
100,000 kms
3 years?/
100,000 kms
3 years?/
100,000 kms
Paint?/?corrosion 3 years?/?12 years 3 years?/?12 years 3 years?/?12 years 3 years?/?12 years 3 years?/?12 years
Roadside assistance 3 years?/
100,000 kms
3 years?/
100,000 kms
3 years?/
100,000 kms
3 years?/
100,000 kms
3 years?/
100,000 kms
Driver and passenger airbags
Side front airbags
Full length curtain airbag
Energy absorbing side impact protection
Anti-lock braking system (Abs)
Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
Emergency brake assist (EBA)
Electronic stability program (ESP)
Auto hazard lights on under rapid deceleration
Five X three point inertia reel seat belts
Front seat belt pre-tensioners with force limiters
Seat belt unfastened warning lights and sound for driver’s seat
Height adjustable front head restraints
Three height adjustable rear head restraints
Rear anchor points for child seat restraint
Automatic door unlocking in case of accident
Child lock control and indicator
High frequency remote control with central locking
Automatic central locking when driving away
Automatic locking when vehicle unlocked but not opened
Central locking push button on dash
Permanent display of door locking status
Child lock control and indicator
Indicator sound for “lights on” and “keys in ignition”
Indicator warning light when doors and boot open
Transponder immobiliser with rolling code
Outside temperature indicator with ice alert
Vin coded audio system
Locking fuel filler cap
Interior features
Soft touch upper dash
Brushed steel effect lower dash
Shiny black painted centre console
Leather steering wheel
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Horn control on steering wheel
Driver’s footrest
Day-night interior rear view mirror
Cruise control and speed limiter
Black panel function
Rear window demister
Front electric windows
Front and rear electric windows with “one-touch” operation on driver’s and passenger side
Dark tint rear windows
Laminated windows
Front sunvisors
12 volt socket
Scented air freshener diffuser
Digital clock
Chrome interior door handles
Interior climate control
Air conditioning
Automatic digital air conditioning
Air recirculation and pollen filter
Cooled glove box
In-car entertainment and hands free connectivity
Radio-cd player
Mp3 compatible
Auxiliary socket
Six speakers
Audio controls on steering column
Usb connectivity O O
Bluetooth O O
Seating and trims
Mistral Black Omni Crépe Cloth with Bise Grey
Karl Velour with Mistral Black Omni Cloth
Height and tilt adjustable driver’s seat
Height and tilt adjustable passenger seat
Front centre armrest
Height adjustable front head restraints
Three retractable rear head restraints
Storage pockets on backs of front seats
2?/?3?–?1?/?3 split fold rear seat providing flat floor
Cooled glove box
Storage on handbrake console
Driver’s side glovebox
Dash storage below radio
Storage in front door pockets
Storage in rear door pockets
Storage pockets on backs of front seats
Driver information
Multi-function on-board trip computer
Rev counter
Speedometer with analogue dials
External temperature display
Water temperature warning light
Fuel gauge
Maintenance indicator
Oil level indicator
Black panel function
Indicator warning light when doors and boot open
Diesel water filter detector with diesel engines
Boot features
Automatic boot lighting
Rigid parcel shelf
Tie-down rings – 4
Lifting handle
Exterior features
Location of car by hold lock function on plip
Zenith Windscreen _
Electric rear view mirrors
Electric rear view mirrors, heated
Body coloured painted front bumper with chrome insert
Body coloured painted front bumper with black insert
Body coloured painted door mirrors with chrome base
Body coloured painted door mirrors with black base
Chrome window trims
Chrome door handles
Body coloured painted door handles
Chrome exhaust extension
Chrome grill surround
Chrome trim on tailgate
Lighting and VISIBILITY
Halogen headlights
Front fog lights in front bumper
Rear reversing light
Rear fog light
High mounted led third stop light
Lights on security delay operated via stalk
“Lights on” audible warning
Front wipers two speed intermittent
Rear wiper with wash function
Front courtesy reading lights
Rear electronic park assistance O O O O
Bluetooth and usb connectivity O O
Metallic/Pearlescent paint O O O O O
15” alloy wheels O O O
16” alloy wheels O O
17” alloy wheels A A

= Standard  O = Optional*  – = Not available  A = Dealer Accessory

*Optional features available at an additional cost

Specification details apply to new vehicles sold from 15.10.2010.