2011 Citroen C3 launched in Australia

UPDATED November 16, 2010, at 4:30pm.
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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 VtC3 Vtr+C3 ExclusiveC3 Vtr+C3 Exclusive
1.4l 5 spEED ManUAL1.6l 4 spEED AutoMATIC1.6l 4 spEED AutoMATIC1.6l 5 spEED ManUAL HDi1.6l 5 spEED ManUAL HDi
Emission StandardEuroVEuroVEuroVEuroIVEuroIV
Bore and Stroke77 x 7577 x 85.577 x 85.575 x 88.375 x 88.3
Injection TypeValeo V34.1Bosch MEV17.4Bosch MEV17.4Bosch Common rail 1600 barBosch Common rail 1600 bar
Compression Ratio11.0:111.0:111.0:118.0:118.0:1
Cubic capacity (CC)13601598159815601560
Valves per cylinder24444
Maximum power (kW?@?rpm)54?/?520088?/?600088?/?600066?/?400066?/?4000
Maximum torque (Nm?@?rpm)118?/?3300160?/?4250160?/?4250215?/?1750215?/?1750
Fuel systemMulti-point electronic fuel injectionMulti-point electronic fuel injectionMulti-point electronic fuel injectionHigh pressuredirect diesel injectionHigh pressuredirect diesel injection
Fuel tank capacity (L)5050504848
Fuel Type/quality95 RON95 RON95 RONDieselDiesel
Transmission type5 speed manualAutomaticAutomatic5 speed manual5 speed manual
Speed at 1000 rpm in each gear (kmh)1st7.758.868.858.938.92
Wheels & tyres
Tyre size185?/?65 R15185?/?65 R15195?/?65 R16185?/?65 R15195?/?65 R16
15” wheel coversAsterodeaWhaletailWhaletail
16” wheel coversNuclearNuclear
Full size spare wheel
Space saver spare wheel125?/?80 R15125?/?80 R15
Ventilated front discs
Size (mm)266 x 22286 x 26286 x 26266 x 22266 x 22
Rear discs
Rear drums--
Size8 inches249 x 9 mm249 x 9 mm8 inches8 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 lock3.
Turning circle (m)10.210.410.410.210.2
Pseudo Macpherson strut front with flexible beam rear
Weights (kgs)
Kerb weight10301135113510801080
Maximum roof rack load7070707070
Maximum tow bar down weight4646464646
Maximum trailer towing weight Braked11051150115011501150
Cd / Frontal Area0.307 / 2.200.307 / 2.200.307 / 2.200.307 / 2.200.307 / 2.20
Exterior dimensions (mms)
Width excluding mirrors17281728172817281728
Interior dimensions (mm)
Boot volume under parcel shelf (litres)300300300300300
Boot height under parcel shelf595595595595595
Load length with seats up648648648648648
Load length with rear seat down12501250125012501250
Boot width between the arches10411041104110411041
Maximum speed (km?/?h)163190190180180
0-100 km?/?h (sec)14.210.910.911.011.0
0-400 metres (sec)19.117.917.917.817.8
0-1000 metres (sec)35.532.432.432.732.7
Extra-Urban (l/100 km)
Urban (l/100 km)
Combined (l/100 km)
CO2 (g/km)145160160110110
Vehicle3 years?/100,000 kms3 years?/100,000 kms3 years?/100,000 kms3 years?/100,000 kms3 years?/100,000 kms
Paint?/?corrosion3 years?/?12 years3 years?/?12 years3 years?/?12 years3 years?/?12 years3 years?/?12 years
Roadside assistance3 years?/100,000 kms3 years?/100,000 kms3 years?/100,000 kms3 years?/100,000 kms3 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 connectivityOO
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 assistanceOOOO
Bluetooth and usb connectivityOO
Metallic/Pearlescent paintOOOOO
15” alloy wheelsOOO
16” alloy wheelsOO
17” alloy wheelsAA

= 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.