Just as we mentioned, the girly C3 was meant to become a more masculine mean of transportation, the guys over at Citroen preparing a sportier appearance. There are some differences in dimensions, but the weight remains the same as on the previous model. Furthermore, the car has the same wheelbase but, contrary to the 2002 model, it is longer, taller and wider, which usually translates into more interior room and larger trunk.
Painted in Rouge Lucifer (catchy name isn't it?), the car thus measures 3941x1728x1524mm / 155x68x60 inches (LxWxH) and has a wheelbase of 2466mm / 97 inches, while the trunk has a maximum volume of 300 liters.
As compared to the previous model, which underwent a minor facelift in 2006, almost every major exterior part got reworked, regardless if we're referring to headlights, grille or taillights.
The whole car however is built around the so-called Zenith windshield which was previously used by Citroen for the C4 Picasso. The progressively-tinted windscreen measures 1346mm (52 inches) and gives a youthful feeling at both the exterior and the interior.
Specifically, the Easter egg-shaped car comes with new, extended headlights for a more modern appearance, plus a larger grille that tries to make it a bit more aggressive (if this is indeed possible on such a model). Moving on to the sides, the tested model was equipped with optional 15-inch alloy wheels (available as an option for 300 Euros) plus chrome side mirrors brackets and turn signals integrated into the body-colored mirror housings.
At the rear, the are some signs of evolution, but there's nothing too fancy or surprising. The two redesigned taillights are accompanied by a third brake lamp and a tiny windscreen wiper for the rear window that comes in very handy on a dusty road or simply during bad weather.
All in all, the new C3 seems to be just another regular hatchback thrown in the battle to conquer European soil but looks like that type of car that touches a deep chord into people's hearts with its cuddly and playful appearance.Continue reading
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