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The Citroën C3 is a supermini car produced by Citroën since April 2002. It replaced the Citroën Saxo in the model line up, and is currently in its third generation. The third generation model made its appearance in June 2016, and went on sale in January 2017.

Citroën C3
2017 Citroen C3 Flair Puretech 1.2 (1).jpg
ManufacturerCitroën (Groupe PSA)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact (B)
Body style3 or 5-door hatchback
2-door coupé-cabriolet
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PredecessorCitroën Saxo

It is produced in a five door hatchback body style, with the first generation also being produced in a two door convertible version, called the C3 Pluriel. A three door hatchback, with a similar design as the second generation,[1] marketed as a premium model,[2] is available as the DS3.

A mini MPV version of the C3 was announced in July 2008, called the C3 Picasso, and was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. In South America, a mini SUV version, called the C3 Aircross, is produced and marketed only locally. In October 2014, the Citroën C3 was awarded most efficient small cars,[3] with the premium car DS 3.

First generation (2002–2009)Edit

First generation
Pre-facelift Citroën C3 hatchback
2003–2012 (Brazil)
AssemblyAulnay-sous-Bois, France
Porto Real, Brazil (Citroën Brazil)
Barra de Carrasco, Uruguay (Oferol)
DesignerDonato Coco
Jean-Pierre Ploué
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
2-door convertible
RelatedCitroën C2
Peugeot 1007
Peugeot 206
Engine1.1 L TU1 I4 (petrol)
1.4 L TU3 I4 (petrol)
1.4 L ET3 I4 (petrol)
1.6 L TU5 I4 (petrol)
1.4 L DV4 I4 (diesel)
1.6 L DV6 I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
5-speed semi-automatic (SensoDrive)
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,460 mm (96.9 in)
Length3,850 mm (151.6 in) (hatchback)
3,934 mm (154.9 in) (convertible)
Width1,670 mm (65.7 in) (hatchback)
1,700 mm (66.9 in) (convertible)
Height1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Curb weight953–1,050 kg (2,101–2,315 lb)
SuccessorCitroën DS3 Cabrio (for C3 Pluriel)
Citroën E-Méhari (as a convertible)
Pre-facelift Citroën C3 hatchback
Facelift Citroën C3 hatchback
Facelift Citroën C3 hatchback

After Jean-Pierre Ploué was appointed Director of the Citroën Design Center in 2000, he designed the C3 under the leadership of Donato Coco, who was already responsible for Citroën Xsara Picasso.

The first generation of the C3 was launched at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show, as well as the 2001 Bologna Motor Show, and began marketing in January 2002,[4] as a five door hatchback. It was available with 1.1, 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrol engines, and 1.4 and 1.6 litre common rail diesel engines.

All models came as standard with a five speed manual transmission, except for the Stop & Start model, which came with the SensoDrive gearbox,[5] a five speed semi-automatic transmission with paddle shifters and manual and automatic modes. The top level was the only version that had the option of a four speed fully automatic transmission.[6][7]

In accordance with the PSA Group policy, the C3's chassis was used for the Peugeot 1007 and the Peugeot 207. Many components of the C3 are the same as those of the Peugeot 206. Some versions of the C3 feature a start-stop system that can automatically cut the engine when not needed to save fuel, such as in traffic, and restart it briskly to move on again.

Citroën C3 LumiereEdit

Citroën C3 Lumiere
Production1998 (Concept car)
Body and chassis
ClassSupermini (B)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
Engine1.1 L TU1 I4 (petrol)
Transmission5-speed manual

The Citroën C3 Lumiere was a concept car that previewed the production Citroën C3, it was initially released in 1998 as a five door hatchback, with four seats and rear suicide doors for easy access for passengers to the rear seats. It featured a five speed manual transmission, and a 1.1 L TU1 I4 petrol engine up front.


The C3 was given a redesign in October 2005, with the front end featuring a more imposing bumper, wider lower air intake, single air intake slit below the restyled radiator grille, and a re positioned number plate. The rear of the car was also given redesigned light clusters, with crystal coloured midsections.

The passenger compartment was also enhanced, with the fitting of a restyled dashboard with high quality finish, as well as a newer, more modern instrument cluster making the driver information easier to read.

The addition of light metallic grey embellishers around the central section of the fascia and air vents contributed to the updated interior, as did the completely re designed front and rear door panels and trims. The steering was also improved so that it weights up with speed. Citroën also added a new 1.6 L 16 valve HDi diesel engine to the range, rated at 110 bhp (82 kW; 110 PS). The Pluriel also received similar interior alterations but was otherwise unchanged.

C3 PlurielEdit

Citroën marketed the C3 Pluriel from 2003 to 2010 as a convertible with five open top variations, hence the name.[8] Pluriel is a cognate with the English plural.

The Pluriel can be configured as a hatchback with a multi layer insulated top;[9] a full length landaulet, operable partially or to the back window or any stage in between, with a buffet minimizing wind deflector over the windshield;[9] a fixed profile convertible, with the roof open to the back window, the roof assembly folds into a well in the trunk floor;[9] a full convertible where roof side rails are unlatched and removed.[9] and as a roadster pick up, where the back seats fold to a pickup like bed with a drop down tailgate.[9]

The C3 Pluriel was introduced in July 2003, and was originally offered with a choice of a 1.4 or a 1.6 L petrol engine, and a 1.4 L[10] diesel engine. The 1.6 L petrol came fitted, as standard, with a semi-automatic gearbox. The Pluriel was withdrawn in July 2010.

In October 2013, Top Gear Magazine placed the C3 Pluriel on its list of "The 13 worst cars of the last 20 years", describing the car as "useful as a chocolate teapot."[11]


  • 1.1 L (1124 cc) TU1 I4, 60 PS (59 hp/44 kW) and 69 lb·ft (94 N·m)
  • 1.4 L (1360 cc) TU3 I4, 75 PS (75 hp/55 kW) and 87 lb·ft (118 N·m)
  • 1.4 L (1398 cc) DV4 HDi diesel I4, 70 PS (69 hp/51 kW) and 118 lb·ft (160 N·m)
  • 1.4 L (1398 cc) DV4 HDi 16-valve diesel I4, 90 PS (89 hp/66 kW) and 147 lb·ft (200 N·m) (discontinued in 2005; could not meet EURO4 compliance)
  • 1.4 L (1360 cc) ET3 16 valve I4, 90 PS (89 hp/66 kW) and 98 lb·ft (133 N·m)
  • 1.6 L (1560 cc) DV6 HDi 16 valve diesel I4, 92 PS (91 hp/68 kW) and 159 lb·ft (216 N·m)
  • 1.6 L (1560 cc) DV6 HDiF 16 valve diesel I4 with Diesel particulate filter, 110 PS (108 hp/80 kW) and 177 lb·ft (240 N·m)
  • 1.6 L (1587 cc) TU5 16 valve I4, 110 PS (108 hp/81 kW) and 108 lb·ft (146 N·m)

Second generation (2009–2016)Edit

Second generation
2013–present (Brazil)
AssemblyFrance: Poissy (PSA Poissy Plant)
Spain: Villaverde (Madrid)
Slovakia: Trnava (PSA Trnava Plant)
Brazil: Porto Real
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
PlatformPSA PF1 platform
RelatedCitroën C3 Picasso
Citroën C3 Aircross
Citroën DS3
Citroën C4 Cactus
Peugeot 207
Engine1.1 L I4 (petrol)
1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.4 L I4 (diesel)
1.6 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed semi-automatic
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,466 mm (97.1 in)
Length3,941 mm (155.2 in)
Width1,728 mm (68.0 in)
Height1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Curb weight948–1,065 kg (2,090–2,348 lb)
Pre-facelift Citroën C3

The second generation of the C3 was revealed in the media in June 2009,[12] and made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009.[13] It features a new body design, with a 108 degree field of vision windscreen, similar to the one of the larger C4 Picasso, which is available on all versions, except the entry model VT.[citation needed]

The new C3 builds on the curvy profile of the previous model and has a look in keeping with other Citroën models and the older C3, although it is longer and wider than the old model. The lights at the front, bonnet, dashboard assembly and other components are shared with the DS3.

On the new C3, the instrumentation is a mix of analogue dials beneath a styled cowl and a digital display for the fuel and trip computer. There is no temperature gauge (unlike the DS3), but a red and blue warning lamp to show hot or cold engines which come on as required. The drag coefficient is 0.307 Cd.

In engineering terms, the PSA TU powerplants are carried over from the old car and Citroën also announced a new range of small petrol engines which PSA Peugeot Citroën developed in partnership with BMW. These "Prince" engines have double overhead 16 valve camshaft, on demand oil and water pumps and BMW's patent injection and ignition technology.

They are designed for low CO
emissions and for good performance and economy. Economy was improved by the standard fit cruise control and speed limiter available on the VTR+, Airdream+ and Exclusive models.

All versions have a standard fit "Gear Efficiency Indicator" which graphically states what gear to be in and when to change up to optimise economy. They come in 1.4 95 bhp and 1.6 120 hp versions with low emissions, as well as new diesel engines, all with CO
emissions of under 120 g/km, plus an "Airdream+" model with 99 g/km using a new 1.6 HDI 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS) engine.

The New C3 was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009. It was launched in November 2009, as a 2010 model. Across Europe, the advertising slogan was known as "The Visiospace", playing on the merit of the large windscreen and the improved vision afforded.


2013 facelift

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013, the C3 hatchback was revised to featuring updated exterior and interior, and more efficient engines. The C3 facelift comes with updated chevrons and bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights at the front and new tail light clusters combined with new reflectors set underneath the rear bumper.[14]


Citroën C3 Picasso, the South American version
Citroën C3 Aircross, produced exclusively for the Latin American market

There are four trim levels in the C3 range, which range from the entry level VT (which does not have the panoramic windscreen), the mid range VTR+ and eco efficient "Airdream+" (which has lower CO
emissions) to the top of the range Exclusive, which has half cloth half Alcantara seats, extra chrome outside, alloy wheels, an alarm, folding mirrors and power windows all around.

Trim levels are denoted by a small badge on the rear window frame on the VT/VTR+ and Airdream+ and by a small chrome badge on each front door on Exclusive models. Norev have produced a 1:43 scale model of the new Citroën C3 in Botticelli Blue, Metallic Green and black.

Trim level L / i V Energy output Other
VT 1.1i 8 61 hp (45 kW; 62 PS)
VTR+ 1.4i 8 75 hp (56 kW; 76 PS)
VTR+ 1.4VTi 16 95 hp (71 kW; 96 PS)
VTR+ 1.4HDi 8 70 hp (52 kW; 71 PS)
VTR+ 1.6HDi 16 90 hp (67 kW; 91 PS) Airdream+
Airdream+ 1.4i 8 75 hp (56 kW; 76 PS)
Airdream+ 1.4VTi 16 95 hp (71 kW; 96 PS)
Airdream+ 1.4HDi 8 70 hp (52 kW; 71 PS)
Airdream+ 1.6HDi 16 90 hp (67 kW; 91 PS) Airdream+
Exclusive 1.4VTi 16 95 hp (71 kW; 96 PS)
Exclusive 1.6VTi 16 120 hp (89 kW; 120 PS)
Exclusive 1.6VTi 16 120 hp (89 kW; 120 PS) Auto
Exclusive 1.6HDi 16 90 hp (67 kW; 91 PS)
Exclusive 1.6HDi 16 110 hp (82 kW; 110 PS)

Engines and transmissionsEdit

Petrol engines[15]
Model Year Engine Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top speed Transmission CO
1.1i 8V 2009–present I4 1124 cc 61 PS (45 kW; 60 hp) at 5,500 rpm 95 N⋅m (70 lbf⋅ft) at 3,300 rpm 16.5 s 145 km/h (90 mph) 5-speed manual 137
1.4i 8V 2009–present 1360 cc 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 5,200 rpm 118 N⋅m (87 lbf⋅ft) at 3,300 rpm 14.2 s 155 km/h (96 mph) 140
1.4VTi 16V 2009–present 1397 cc 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) at 6,000 rpm 135 N⋅m (100 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm 10.6 s 170 km/h (106 mph)
  • 134 (Exclusive)
  • 136 (Airdream+ / VTR+)
1.6VTi 16V 2009–present 1598 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 6,000 rpm 160 N⋅m (118 lbf⋅ft) at 4,200 rpm 8.9 s/10.9 s 185 km/h (115 mph) 136
4-speed automatic 153
Diesel engines
Model Year Engine Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top speed Transmission CO
1.4HDi 8V 2009–present I4 1398 cc 70 PS (51 kW; 69 hp) at 4,000 rpm 160 N⋅m (118 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm 13.7 s 152 km/h (94 mph) 5-speed manual 113
1.6HDi 16V 2009–present 1560 cc 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 3,750 rpm 230 N⋅m (170 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm 11.3 s/11.5 s 168 km/h (104 mph) 98
2009–2015 110 PS (81 kW; 110 hp) at 4,000 rpm 270 N⋅m (199 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm 9.9 s 180 km/h (112 mph) 6-speed manual 115

By 2016, a 100 hp (75 kW; 100 PS) 1.6HDi with 5-speed gearbox was available.

Third generation (2016-present)Edit

Third generation
AssemblySlovakia: Trnava (Trnava Plant) [16]
Iran: Tehran (Saipa Citroën)
France: Poissy
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
PlatformPSA PF1 platform, renamed to 'PSA A platform'
RelatedDS 3
Peugeot 208
Citroën C4 Cactus
Engine1.2 L I3 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission5/6-speed Manual
6-speed Automatic
Wheelbase2,540 mm (100.0 in)
Length3,996 mm (157.3 in)
Width1,740 mm (68.5 in)
Height1,470 mm (57.9 in)
Curb weight968–1,080 kg (2,134–2,381 lb)

The official pictures of the new C3 were revealed on 29 June 2016. The C3 takes front styling cues from the facelifted Citroën C4 Picasso, as well as the Grand C4 Picasso and receives side Airbump mouldings from the Citroën C4 Cactus, and is available with Airbumps or without them.

Rear view
Interior of Citroën C3

It is offered with a choice of nine exterior colours, and three contrast shades that appear on the roof, foglight trims, side mirrors and Airbump surrounds. Citroën claims the range will offer a total of 36 different colour combinations.

Sales and productionEdit

Year Worldwide production Worldwide sales Notes
2009 233,400[17] 226,700[17]
2010 311,200[17] 308,300[17]
2011 353,593[13] 255,312[13] Total production reached 3,113,192 units.[13]
2012 293,000[18] 215,800[18] Total production reached 3,406,200 units.[18]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Citroen 2010 DS3 – First look: Citroen reveals production DS3". GoAuto. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Citroën C3 and DS3, most efficient small cars". What car ?. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Citroen C3 to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show". Car Design News. 29 August 2001. Archived from the original on 19 October 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Citroën C3 SensoDrive gearbox". Citroënët. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Citroen C3 models specifications - Auto Types". Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Citroen C3 models specifications - Auto Types". Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Citroen C3 Pluriel (2003–) Review". Archived from the original on 5 November 2007.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Citroen C3 Pluriel". 28 May 2003. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  10. ^ Catalogue de la Revue Automobile 2006 (ISBN 978-3-905386-06-6 by Buechler Grafino AG Berne CH)
  11. ^ "The 13 Worst Cars of the Last 20 Years". Top Gear magazine. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Citroen C3 at 2009 Frankfurt motor show". Car Magazine Online. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  13. ^ a b c d "PSA Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Car manufacturers. PSA. Retrieved 12 April 2013.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Barari, Arman (ed.). "2013 Citroen C3 Facelift". Motorward. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Citroën C3 Technical specifications UK site". Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  16. ^ a.s., Petit Press. "Trnava carmaker unveils its new Citroen C3". Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  17. ^ a b c d "Engine specs from PSA Peugeot Citroën" (PDF). Creator and designer. PSA Peugeot Citroën. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 June 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  18. ^ a b c "Memento Mars 2013" (in French). PSA Peugeot Citroën. 21 February 2013: 50. Retrieved 31 July 2013. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)[permanent dead link]

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