New Year treat with the arrival of Citroën’s C3

The Citroen C3.
The Citroen C3.

By Gerry Murphy

Citroën’s new C3 has arrived in Ireland just in time for the New Year. Starting at €15,490, the new Citroën C3 promises to shake up the market with its highly customisable character and the very latest automotive technologies.

It includes a world premiere piece of technology which they call ConnectedCAM Citroën, an on-board HD camera that allows drivers to share their road-trip photos and videos directly with friends and family.

It comes with a choice of three trim levels: Touch, Feel and Flair. Starting at €15,490, the Touch Trim includes a very high level of standard equipment including features such as a USB socket for media streaming & Bluetooth handsfree, safety features including Lane Departure warning and coffee break alert, as well as comfort features including cruise control and power steering.

Stepping up to Feel Trim, from €16,990, brings added styling features such as 16-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights; more intelligent and useful technology including Mirror Screen with Apple Car Play and a 7-inch touch screen; and the added comfort of automatic air conditioning.

In addition, for the Irish launch, customers can avail of a free Style Pack worth €500, bringing the distinctive Airbump (similar to the side panels on the Cactus) and Bi-Tone roof to the Feel trim level.

When a vehicle has a bi-tone roof, other body colour touches are applied. The door mirrors match the colour of the roof, the foglight surrounds also match the roof colour and when a Sport Red or Opal White roof is selected a matching colour highlight appears on the Airbump, when a black roof is selected a white highlight appears on the Airbump.

The top of the range Flair starts from €18,990 brings even more extras including; Black Airbumps as standard, 17-inch alloy wheels, ConnectedCAM Citroën, automatic lights & windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. ConnectedCAM Citroën™ uses a fully integrated camera, located behind the rear-view mirror, to capture images and video that can instantly be shared on social media channels, or saved as evidence in the event of an accident.

The new Citroën C3 now offers even more options that improve the driving experience including voice controlled 3D navigation, a reversing camera, keyless entry and start and blind-spot monitoring.

Finally, engine options continue the technological theme with PureTech petrol and BlueHDi Diesel Euro 6 engines as well as the latest generation EAT6 fully automatic gearbox available as part of the range. With this engine line-up sales of petrol engines are expected to increase on the new C3.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.