The special windscreen recedes past the A-pillars and into the roof area to provide an open-air feel. It's 36 per cent larger than a conventional windscreen, and was previously only available as an option.
The new C3 retains its compact five-door character, and comes with three different engine options; two petrol, and one turbo diesel.
The petrol variants consist of a 1.4-litre producing 54kW and 118Nm, and a 1.6-litre producing 88kW and 160Nm, both of which are carried over from the 2011 model.
The HDi turbo-diesel variant is a 1.6-litre four cylinder, now producing 68kW, over the previous model's 66kW. It's available in five-speed manual transmission form only.
Pricing has been revised slightly for the 2012 model mainly due to there being only one trim level variant across the board; the Seduction. Prices start at $23,990 for the automatic 1.6 petrol, and $24,990 for the manual HDi (all prices exclude on-road costs).