Citroen’s stand-out C3 Shine hatch will be available from $23,990 drive-away – representing up-to $3,000 in savings over the standard drive-away price. Available on all MY18 vehicles, the Citroen C3 hatch features a range of innovative styling a multi-award winning turbo-petrol drivetrain and a world-first safety feature in the form of Citroen’s unique ConnectedCam.
Available in a single, highly specified shine model the new Citroen C3 features as standard:
- 81kW PureTech turbo-petrol S&S engine with EAT6 6-speed auto
- Safety Pack:
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation
- Driver Attention Alert
- Mirror screen (Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto and MirrorLink®)
- 7-inch capacitive touchscreen
- Front, side and curtain airbags
- 17-inch diamond cut ‘CROSSWAY’ alloy wheels
- Reversing camera
- Rear parking sensors
- Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
- Climate control
- Bluetooth™ + USB
- Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation
- Bi-tone Onyx Black roof (not available with Perla Nera Black)
- Five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty
Available as no cost options (subject to availability) include:
- 17-inch diamond cut ‘CROSSWAY BLACK’ alloy wheels
- Body-coloured roof
- Bi-tone Opal White roof (not available with Polar White)
- Bi-tone Sport Red roof (not available with Ruby Red)
Further customisation is available via six options including;
- Almond green solid paint: $290
- Metallic paint: $590
- Urban Red interior atmosphere: $150
- Hype Colorado interior atmosphere: $400
- Citroën ConnectedCAM® $600
- Panoramic glass roof: $600
Comfort and design is backed by segment-first and world-first safety features including Citroen’s unique ‘Airbump’ technology and an available Citroën ConnectedCAM®, an on-board HD camera making all-new C3 the first vehicle to feature a factory-fitted ‘dash-cam’ that also lets drivers share their road trip photos and videos directly to the Cloud.
Standard segment-first safety features on all-new C3 include Traffic Sign Speed Recognition and Recommendation and Lane Departure Warning.
Wide, comfortable seats, easy-to-use technology and a comfortable drive are all-new C3’s hallmarks.
A choice of 33 exterior colour combinations (subject to availability) punctuates the comfort and technology focus with customers able to choose from nine body and three roof colours.
Linked to this expansive colour palette are coloured highlights applied to door mirrors, fog lamp surrounds, Airbump and rear quarter panels, all matched to the roof colour.
Additionally, all Citroen feature a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and five-year roadside assist program.
The latest independent safety assessments from vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, have revealed two top performers with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio equalling the highest scores recorded to date in the area of Adult Occupant Protection.
The Giulia mid-sized sedan recorded a score of 98 per cent, closely followed by the brand’s medium SUV offering, the Stelvio, scoring 97 per cent.1
Both Alfa Romeo models achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating with good performance across all four key areas of assessment. This rating applies to all 2.0 litre petrol and 2.2 litre diesel Giulia and Stelvio variants.
“These are impressive scores which reflect the effort the brand has put into designing vehicles to keep occupants safe,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
“With Adult Occupant Protection we look at how a vehicle performs structurally across a range of destructive crash tests, but also how well the restraint systems work to minimise injury. Low speed autonomous
emergency braking also forms part of this, with both Alfa Romeo models performing well.”
The Citroen C3, which was subject to the same broad range of tests, fell just shy of today’s safety expectation due to its inability to actively detect and prevent pedestrian contact combined with head injury risk.
“Unfortunately the C3 falls down in the Pedestrian Protection aspects of our assessment,” Mr Goodwin said.
“We may not all be drivers, but we are all pedestrians so it is important the design and specification of a vehicle considers the safety of those inside as well as outside the vehicle.”
The Citroen C3 scored 59 per cent for Pedestrian Protection, limiting its overall ANCAP safety rating to 4 stars.
1 These scores equal those achieved by the Volvo XC60 (98%) and Volvo XC90 (97%).
British driver Kris Meeke’s future in the FIA World Rally Championship is in doubt after the official Citroën team dropped him from the remainder of the 2018 season, citing “an excessively high number of crashes”.
Team principal Pierre Budar said the stunning decision was a preventative measure for the safety of Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle, who were lucky to escape a violent crash on last weekend’s Rally Portugal.
The pair’s Citroën C3 went off the road and into trees at high speed on Saturday afternoon. He and Nagle weren’t injured, but the car was destroyed.
The most dramatic move in the WRC season so far means Meeke won’t contest Rally Italia Sardegna on 7-10 June, where Citroën will be represented by Craig Breen/Scott Martin and Mads Ostberg/Torstein Eriksen.
The team said it would shortly announce its line-up for the remainder of the season, including Kennards Hire Rally Australia on 15-19 November. Nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb has one more appearance scheduled in his three-event comeback programme with Citroën, in Spain in October.
A team statement from its base near Paris on Thursday afternoon said: “Due to an excessively high number of crashes, some of which were particularly heavy and could have had serious consequences with regard to the crew’s safety, and given that the risks involved were unjustified by the sporting stakes at play, Citroën Racing WRT has decided to terminate the participation of Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle in the 2018 WRC.”
Pierre Budar added: “This wasn’t an easy decision to make because it effects (sic) a driver and a co-driver, but it is largely founded on safety issues which come under my preoccupations as Team Principal. We have consequently chosen to make this decision as a preventive measure.”
Citroën did not say if Meeke would be involved with the team after this year.
Mentored by the late world champion Colin McRae, the Ulsterman, now 38, got his chance with the WRC elite when he joined Citroën late in 2013, just in time for Rally Australia. Blazing speed netted victories in Argentina in 2015, Portugal and Finland in 2016 and Mexico and Spain in 2017; his Finnish win was the first by a British driver.
But his talent seemed too often compromised by crashes. Last year, although he won in Mexico, a disappointing mid-season run of results led to him being benched in Poland.
Meeke contested Rally Australia in 2013 (retired), 2014 (4th), 2015 (3rd) and last year (7th).
Citroen’s all-new C3 will burst into Australian showrooms bringing with it two segment-first safety features, myriad customisation and colour combinations, Citroen’s unique Airbump technology and an available ConnectedCAM® that links the journey to the Cloud.
Inside and out, the new C3 has been designed and engineered using Citroen’s Advanced Comfort program to deliver a vehicle that promotes comfort, well-being and enjoyment. Standard segment-first safety features on all-new C3 include Traffic Sign Speed Recognition and Recommendation and Lane Departure Warning.
Wide, comfortable seats, easy-to-use technology and a comfortable drive are all-new C3’s hallmarks. A choice of 33 exterior colour combinations punctuates the comfort and technology focus with customers able to choose from nine body and three roof colours.
Linked to this expansive colour palette are coloured highlights applied to door mirrors, fog lamp surrounds, Airbump and rear quarter panels, all matched to the roof colour.
Inside, the personalisation continues with the standard Mica Grey interior able to be optioned with an Urban Red highlights package which adds red seat and dash highlights. For those looking for a standout interior the Hype Colorado option adds Burnt Orange inserts to the dash, seats and steering wheel hoop.
Comfort and design is backed by segment-first features including Citroen’s unique ‘Airbump’ technology and an available Citroën ConnectedCAM®, an on-board HD camera making all-new C3 the first vehicle to feature a factory-fitted ‘dash-cam’ that also lets drivers share their road trip photos and videos directly to the Cloud.
Managing Director for Citroen Australia, Anouk Poelmann, said the all-new C3 cuts through the segment norms, delivering a unique and individual vehicle.
“Citroen has a proud history of delivering practical vehicles with panache and the all-new C3 delivers all the practicality motorists need, with a personality that is distinctly Citroen,” Poelmann said. “Now more than ever, consumers are looking at how they can stand out from the crowd and how their purchase reflects their individuality and personality. The all-new C3 is just the vehicle for them. The all-new C3 is not just characterful and fun, it also features useful technology and segment-first safety features that motorists will use and appreciate daily,” she added.
The all-new Citroen C3 Shine carries a recommended retail price of $23,490* and will launch with a $26,990 driveaway price (including metallic paint) till March 31. Additionally, all Citroen feature a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and five-year roadside assist program.
Citroen will celebrate its newly-formed alliance with iconic Australian brand Rip Curl by launching 15 special-edition Rip Curl Cactus examples in Australia. On sale from late November, the special-edition Rip Curl Citroen Cactus will preview as part of the 2016 GromSearch series for young surfers, which kicks-off at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach on September 24-25.
The Rip Curl Edition Cactus will feature ‘Rip Curl’ graphics on the front mudguards and C-pillars, Grip Control, Goodyear mud and snow tyres, silver bumper guards front and rear, white rearview mirror shells and white roof rails as standard equipment. The combination of Grip Control and mud and snow tyres gives Cactus greater capabilities on low-traction surfaces such as mud and snow, making it ideal for both the snow and surf scenes.
Inside, the special-edition cars feature Rip Curl-branded floor mats with orange stitching, orange seat belts and orange speaker surrounds. All 15 Rip Curl vehicles will be powered by PSA’s award-winning PureTech 1.2L, turbo-petrol engine and five-speed manual transmission.
The apecial-edition will also feature premium paint as standard and will be available in a new Baltic Blue exterior color along with Noir Obsidien (black), Rouge Aden (Red), Olive Brown and White* - all paired with black Airbumps. National Marketing manager for Citroen Australia, Dimitri Andreatidis, said the Cactus Rip Curl Edition brings together two great brands.
“Both Citroen and Rip Curl are renowned for their fun and lifestyle-orientated products. The partnership is an ideal fit for the two brands. The alliance also brings together these iconic Australian and French brands in a fun way, while the added tech gives the Cactus greater abilities off the beaten track,” Andreatidis said.
“The Rip Curl Citroen Cactus is the type of car every surfer wants and it’s perfect for a trip to the beach or snow,” Rip Curl International marketing chairman, Neil Ridgway, said. “Rip Curl is stoked to collaborate with an iconic International brand on a car that suits our lifestyle,” he added.
The Rip Curl Edition Cactus will be available from $28,790*
*Pearlescent paint attracts a $200 premium
Citroën has unveiled its new C3, revealing a fresh take on styling and technology for the compact hatch segment. Inside and out, the new C3 has been designed and engineered under Citroen’s Advanced Comfort program, delivering a vehicle that promotes comfort, well-being and enjoyment. Wide, comfortable seats, easy-to-use technology and a comfortable drive are the hallmarks of the new C3.
Comfort and design is backed by segment-first features including Citroen’s unique Airbump technology and Citroën ConnectedCam™, an onboard HD camera that lets drivers share their road-trip photos and videos directly to the cloud. General Manager for Citroen Australia, Kai Bruesewitz, said the new C3 would make a welcome addition to Citroen’s Australian line-up.
“The new C3 brings with it a host of innovative and practical features wrapped up in an attractive and fun design. Negotiations are well underway and we are very keen to reintroduce the C3 to Australia if we can deliver a package that meets the needs of Australian customers and complements the overall local brand direction. In the likely case that those negotiations are successful, we anticipate launching the vehicle in Australia mid-2017 with specifications and pricing confirmed closer to this time,” said Bruesewitz.
New C3: FRESH AND OPTIMISTIC
“The new C3 has all the Citroën brand markers and all the qualities to give the brand new impetus. A major challenge for our best-seller, which accounts for almost one sale in five in Europe. A comfortable car with real personality, it is set to appeal to new customers looking for a modern car of character.”
Linda Jackson, Citroën Brand CEO
Optimistic: The slick, smooth outline, graphic signature and cool colours make new C3 an undeniable trendsetter. The car’s strong personality readily accommodates extensive customisation capabilities and its design takes a global approach to coherence and value enhancement.
There is a choice of three roof colours for the two-tone exterior plus a choice of three roof colours and colour choices for the fog lamps, wing mirrors, rear window surround and Airbumps®. Customers can also choose between four different mood packs for the spacious interior, each addressing three different motoring moods.
Human: The new C3 design was guided throughout by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® program, which brings Citroën’s time-honoured focus of motoring comfort to the modern compact hatch class. Comfort has been prioritised at every step of development, starting with the seats and moving to ingenious storage features and generous space allocation.
Beyond the physical, visual comfort has also been an area of focus with a panoramic sunroof that floods the passenger compartment with light. The deliberately designed cocoon effect filters out disturbances from the outside world and offers ergonomic usage with all functions accessible from the 7” touch screen. New C3 also features hands-free ignition.
Smart: New C3 brings up-to-the-minute technologies starting with the world première implementation of Citroën ConnectedCam™, a fully-integrated and connected HD camera system that films on-the-road experiences for immediate sharing on the social network or for subsequent viewing (or as evidence in the event of an incident).
Advanced driver assistance systems include 3D-connected navigation with speech recognition, reversing camera, lane departure alert and blind spot monitoring. The efficiency of new C3 also extends to a range of high-performance, high-efficiency engines PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines and the latest-generation EAT6 automatic transmission.
“With its unique body style, personalised features and connectivity, the new C3 is a bold, fresh, modern car. It illustrates the ongoing Citroën product offensive!” Xavier Peugeot, Citroën Brand Product Director
Audacious By Design
There’s nothing like new C3 on the road. In fact its offbeat attitude bristles with freshness and energy yet stays true to the friendly and distinctive design that made its predecessor so popular. The high-standing front end is strong and compelling, giving a powerful impression of robustness with a horizontally balanced outline right through from the waist. A new double chevron emblem design makes new C3 unmistakably Citroen.
With Citroën’s characteristic two-tier front light signature the car seems to looks upward, enhancing the impression of bonnet height while the double chrome bar underlining the chevron badge runs right through to the LED daytime running lamps, enhancing the impression of width. The round headlamps express a strong technological content and the body-coloured bumper both enhances the sense of height and lends a “go-anywhere” spirit. The fog lamps also feature colour surrounds for a touch of sparkle.
Viewed in profile, the new C3 has a floating roofline enhanced by black windscreen pillars. The taut roof curves accentuate the dynamic outline. The horizontal window seals continue the deliberately high bonnet line by producing a steady, stable, reassuring posture and the fluid body surfaces extend downwards over the large diameter wheels in another strong character feature. At the rear, the generously-proportioned, muscular wings give the car a ready-to-pounce appearance, an impression accentuated by the very short overhangs.
The Airbump® panels (air-filled bumps with a scratch-proof surface) are a Citroën signature feature and lend personality and style while protecting the vehicle in much the same way as a bumper. The aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane material used in the Airbump® panels gives excellent resistance to damage from sunlight, water, aging and scratching. Each panel comprises six air-filled bumps at the bottom of each door, an especially vulnerable area of the car in the urban environment. The Airbump® panels have a white or red surround trim, depending on the model version.
The rear end again emphasises vehicle width with smooth surfaces providing an ideal backdrop for the 3D rear lamps which lend a unique, high-tech identity to new C3. The C3 badge on new C3 is different to that sported by the previous model. The figure ‘3’ appears in black with a chrome surround, recalling the gloss black chevrons with chrome surround used by Citroën models since C4 Cactus. Attention has been given to new C3’s aerodynamics. The roof is 40mm lower than on the previous model and all surfaces are optimised to make full use of the airflow.
Spacious interior designed as a living area
The new C3’s interior is designed to feel like an extension of the driver’s home, designers drawing inspiration from the non-automotive worlds of architecture, furniture and decoration for the interior. Design touches such as ‘trunk straps’ for the door pulls reference the world of luxury travel and link directly to the Cactus SUV. The basic interior design principles of new C3 are based on uncluttered space, overall consistency and full, soft shapes.
The perception of space is immediately suggested by a horizontal layout, particularly the dash, which runs the entire width of the car, reinforcing the simplicity-oriented design approach to the passenger compartment as a whole. Technological content is prominent in the form of the 7” touchscreen that appears suspended in the dashboard’s centre and the chrome-surround air vents at either side of the dash again enhance the impression of width. The dashboard design features a broad cross-trim that adds a feel of both width and character to the car. Buyers also have a choice of finishes for this feature, which makes a strong statement on design quality.
It can be painted, wrapped with textile or TEP lining, can be ordered with or without over-stitching and offers a choice of chrome or colour surround. It matches the seat material for a coherent interior mood. The generous seats, key items in onboard wellbeing, have a unique design and the impression of comfort is further enhanced with a choice of bright, warm materials featuring a deliberately non-automotive look and feel.
Bringing customisation to the compact class
Customisation is an increasingly widespread social phenomenon in response to people’s wishes to express their own personal style choices. All-new C3 will be the first mid-range model to offer an extensive customisation capability both inside and out. Exterior appearance choices range from pop to classic, from sporty to trendy and the interior mood can emphasise warmth and cosiness or dynamism and technology.
Nine body colours (Banquise White, Perla Nera Black, Shark Grey, Aluminium Grey, Ruby Red, Almond Green, Cobalt Blue, Power Orange and Sand) and three roof colours (Opal White, Onyx Black, Aden Red) make for 36 possible colour combinations in all. Colour choice goes beyond the body alone though with various features taking on the roof colour to produce a complimentary design both inside and out. The roof colour is repeated in the front fog lamp trims, the Airbump® surrounds on the sides, the wing mirror shells and the rear window trim.
Interior customisation takes the form of a choice of four possible moods, each expressed in upholstery material matched to the dashboard trim. With various colour and harmony features New C3 has something for everyone. The “Standard” mood is uncluttered and neutral, with yellow over-stitched upholstery while the “Metropolitan Grey” mood puts the emphasis on warmth and brightness, with soft colours and textiles on the dashboard trim as well as the seat upholstery.
The “Urban Red” mood combines dark and bright colours to produce a dynamic feel, the lined dashboard trim featuring red over-stitching and a red surround over its whole width. The “Hype Colorado” mood uses soft, upmarket materials and special upholstery with a colour contrast effect and width-wise signature, harmonising with a two-tone, leather-covered steering wheel.
New C3’s design was guided throughout by the innovative Citroën Advanced Comfort® program which seeks to offer driver and passengers the unique experience of feeling at home in the car.
An overriding design emphasis on driver and passenger wellbeing
The sensation of wellbeing starts with the comfortable seats, the panoramic sunroof that floods the passenger compartment with light, the big storage features and the generous space allocations. These first impressions are confirmed by the colours and materials which draw overt inspiration from the worlds of furniture and travel. Shapes are full and soft, there is no clutter and there is a strong width to the vehicle, enhancing the perception of space. The visual impression of width in the dashboard and seat design is confirmed by the 1379mm shoulder width (up 20mm on the previous model). Rear seat legroom is also top-level.
The line of the front seats and the shape of their backrests optimise visibility, bringing the rear-seat passengers nearer the front for a friendlier atmosphere. Great attention was given to new C3’s seats, which appear sculpted in a modern style to suggest generous width and comfort. The seats use quality materials and supple interior foams to give excellent lumbar support. Comfort is a two-stage process: soft and welcoming initially but becoming firm and reassuring. The supple seat foams have another purpose, namely to filter out the effects of road surface irregularities.
This is another important factor contributing to the overall sense of in-car comfort. The five-door, five-seat new C3 is 3.99 metres long and is particularly agile thanks to its 10.7m turning circle which enhances its compactness and emphasises its manoeuvrability during city driving.
Advanced ergonomics for a smooth driving experience
For true comfort the car gives a hassle-free user experience with fluid, intuitive access to vehicle functions. Under the Citroën Advanced Comfort® program, new Citroën C3 was designed with ergonomics uppermost in mind and the many ingenious storage spaces, the high clarity driver information and a wealth of intuitive technologies highlight that.
New C3’s designers paid special attention to storage with an ingenious central cubby designed to maximise free space at the front of the vehicle. The glove box is the largest in this vehicle segment. The front doors have large and ingenious cubbies in a light colour to contrast with their contents and boot capacity is a generous 300 litres (VDA).
A smooth driving experience also calls for an intuitive, interactive and responsive interface which new C3 offers with a 7” touchscreen tablet acting as the vehicle control centre. This provides modern, intuitive access to all vehicle functions and makes for a superbly uncluttered dashboard. The tablet uses capacitive screen technology for optimum response and the groove at its base acts as a hand rest. Convenience features also run to the car’s hands-free access and ignition system, which allows it to be locked or unlocked and started without needing to use the key. The car even recognises its approaching driver.
The Citroën ConnectedCam™ system is a practical, convenient and friendly Citroën-made technology making its global premiere on new C3. It consists of a two megapixel, wide angle (120-degrees), full HD connected camera with GPS and a 16-gigabyte internal memory. Fitted behind the rear-view mirror, it records everything the driver sees through the windscreen to log the driving experience.
The driver can click to safely take photos for keeping or sharing on the social networks immediately or, keeping the button pressed, shoot film with a 20 second duration for sharing once the car is stationary. Stored content is directly accessible for keeping or sharing via the free Citroën ConnectedCam app.
In the event of a vehicle impact, the system automatically activates to record and save. The video can run for up to 90 seconds (30 seconds before and 60 seconds after) and can be used as evidence following an incident. With the Citroën ConnectedCam application drivers can also geolocate their vehicle and store the position for easy relocation.
A wealth of useful technologies
The PSA Group A platform was optimised for this new model, bringing an excellent footprint/space ratio, an appealing design and superb comfort, efficiency and quietness. For comfort, an advanced suspension system was used based on proven axle system architecture comprising a pseudo Macpherson Strut design with deformable struts which filter out road surface irregularities and aid overall comfort.
A new “H”-shaped crossbar, developed to enhance safety, fits beneath the seats for increased occupant protection through greater impact strength. Globally, the new C3 comes with a choice of latest-generation, highly efficient and economical PureTech petrol and BlueHDi diesel engines.
It offers a choice of three PureTech three-cylinder petrol engines with manual transmission (PureTech 68, 82 and 110 with engine Stop & Start). There are two manual diesel powertrains (BlueHDi 75 with Stop & Start and 100 with Stop & Start). New C3 will also be available with the optional EAT6 automatic transmission.
Safety And Driver Assistance
New C3 comes with a vast array of useful assistance, safety and comfort technologies to enhance the driving experience.
Available technologies for assistance
An integrated 7” touch-screen is fitted to new C3 offering access to a range of safety, navigation, phone and media functions, including Mirror Screen technology which duplicates the driver’s smartphone screen onto the central screen. Drivers can access multimedia content directly from a smartphone and link it to the digital screen. The system is available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto (from early 2017) and MirrorLink®.
The reversing camera, with parking aids, switches on automatically when reverse gear is selected, providing valuable extended-vision assistance during vehicle manoeuvres. The main screen display shows the area behind the car and coloured markers indicate distances to any obstacles. Hill-Start Assist helps with standing starts on gradients steeper than 3 per cent and is active for two seconds after the brake pedal is released.
Technologies for safety
Lane Departure Warning System helps guard against driver drowsiness and momentary inattention at speeds above 65 km/h, giving audible and visual warnings if the car crosses a lane marker line without the indicator being used. The Blind-Spot Monitoring System detects vehicles in the blind spots and shows them as pictograms in the exterior mirrors. This system, which uses the same principle as reversing radar, provides a valuable safety boost on multi-lane roads.
Driver Attention Alert tells drivers when it is time to take a break,the system activating after two hours’ of uninterrupted driving at speeds above 70 km/h, then every hour afterwards.
- Length: 3.99 m
- Width: 1.75 m
- Height: 1.47 m
- Wheelbase: 2.54 m
- Boot volume: 300 l
Citroen has unveiled its new-look C4 and Grand C4 Picasso range ahead of its Australian introduction in 2017. The New C4 Picasso will feature revised styling, updated on-board technology and new colour schemes across the model range. Currently available in Australia in both body styles, the C4 Picasso five-seat is powered by a 121kW, turbo petrol drivetrain paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The seven-seat, Grand C4 Picasso is powered by PSA’s BlueHDi, Euro-6 compliant, 110kW turbo diesel paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Final Australian pricing, specification and drivetrains will be confirmed closer to local introduction.
Designed with the finest of the Citroën know-how and creativity, the New C4 Picasso is a modern and innovative MPV. It stands apart through its strong and expressive styling with dynamic lines and a unique light signature front and rear. The design is underscored by original proportions combining a compact exterior with class-leading interior spaciousness and boot volume. The cabin is designed in a loft spirit and offers a pure and light-filled ambience along with materials that enhance the perception of quality and well-being.
That feeling is further underpinned by the well-balanced road performance of the C4 Picasso, which, thanks to the development of the EMP2 platform, achieves a perfect blend of irreproachable road holding and classic Citroën comfort for all passengers.
The Citroën C4 Picasso was available on launch with technologies for well-being including a 100 per cent tactile driving interface and a 12-inch HD panoramic screen, together with further innovations for a relaxed and easy drive such as Vision 360, Park Assist and adaptive cruise control. The New Citroën C4 Picasso builds on those strong points and strikes an ideal balance in the world of MPVs with:
-Attractive Styling, comprising flowing and modern lines for even more personality and dynamism, with a new front end shared by both versions, new “3D effect” standard rear lights from entry-level trim models up, new 17-inch alloy wheels, a two-tone roof available on the C4 Picasso, a new “Silver” roof arch colour on Grand C4 Picasso, together with three new body colours ;
-Well-Being For All, through spaciousness, modular design and superior on-road performance, further strengthened by:
- a choice of four customisable interior design schemes for creating a cabin in one’s own image and adapted to the lifestyle of each one ;
- technologies that make life easier, with the new 3D CITROËN Connect Nav connected navigation system combined with a new 7-inch touchscreen, providing greater responsiveness and new connected services. The new system also optimises the use of the 12-inch HD screen for more flexibility and clarity.
- Another new technology for simplified everyday use is the Hands-Free Tailgate, whereby drivers open the boot with a simple movement of the foot ;
- technologies to simplify driving and improve safety, such as Speed Limit Sign Recognition and Recommendation, Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop Function, the Lane Departure Warning System, the Active Safety Brake, Driver Attention Alert, and the Active Blind Spot Monitoring System ;
- a new engine, with the introduction of the PureTech 130 S&S EAT6, extending the broad range of Euro6 PureTech and BlueHDi engines with their impressive blend of performance and low fuel consumption.
“For us, the New Citroën C4 Picasso is a showcase of our finest know-how. In addition to its unique, modern and dynamic styling, it offers an incomparable level of comfort. With its architecture and the EMP2 platform, it brings motorists spaciousness, modularity and on-road qualities that enhance the well-being of all passengers. Today we are equipping it with a set of new useful technologies that simplify everyday life and improve safety. The New C4 Picasso has everything it takes to be a leader in the European market,” says Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroën.
DS Automobiles has launched a limited-run DS 4 Crossback to the Australian market – with 25 of the two-plus-two, high-riding coupes initially available to Australian customers. The all-new DS 4 Crossback benefits from a higher ride height, 17” Canberra alloys, revised suspension tune, all-new Euro-6 diesel drivetrain and a new six-speed automatic gearbox, co-developed with Aisin.
As standard, the DS 4 Crossback features over the previous hatchback; LED-headlamps and daytime running lamps, black wheel arch trims, a differentiated front end and rear spoiler also finished in black, grey roof bars, black door mirrors, door sills and carpet mats, and a ride height 30mm higher than the hatchback.
Standard on-board technology extends to an all-new full-colour 7-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple Carplay, Mirror Link, DAB+ radio, dual-climate control, keyless entry and start, massaging front seats, leather seats and steering wheel along with steering wheel controls. A comprehensive suite of standard safety features extends to blind spot monitoring, rear camera with front and rear parking sonar, automatic lights and wipers, LED fog-lamps with cornering function, tyre pressure warning sensors and six airbags.
Powering the DS 4 Crossback is an all-new 133kW, 400Nm, BlueHdi turbo-diesel drivetrain, paired to a new Aisin six-speed automatic. Compared to the outgoing model, the drivetrain develops 13kW of power and 60Nm more torque – while sipping half a litre less fuel on the combined cycle and is Euro-6 certified over the previous Euro-5. The new more frugal drivetrain also increases performance, with the 0-100km/h acceleration time arriving 0.7 of a second quicker at 8.6 second when compared to the outgoing drivetrain.
The DS 4 will carry a driveaway price of $46,990 and includes a 6-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. General Manager of DS Australia, Kai Bruesewitz, said the limited run DS 4 sets a new beginning for premium French vehicles in Australia.
“With its all new-look, drivetrain and significant standard specification we believe the DS 4 will appeal to those customers looking to stand out from the crowd,” said Breusewtiz. “As the DS marque evolves both locally and globally, Australian’s will begin to see a return to French design and luxury, and the DS 4 is a step towards an all-new line of vehicles that capture the best in French design, quality and innovation.”
“The evolution of the DS marque in Australia will take some time and will be led by product, with the first all-new DS vehicle launching in the coming years,” said Bruesewitz.
The DS 4 is available in a choice of six exterior colours including Blanc Nacre (White) and five metallic paints at $800. Metallic colours include Orange Tourmaline, Gris Artense (Grey), Blue Encre (Navy), Noir Perla Nera (Black) and Gris Platinum (Silver). 18" Brisbane alloy wheels are also available as an option for $1000.
Citroen’s all-new C4 Cactus compact SUV has emerged from two days of torture at the hands of Australian motoring media with close to 100 trolley strikes and 5000 rounds of paintballs pummelling the vehicle’s exterior. Citroen demonstrated the vehicle’s all-new Airbump protection panels in the most real-world way possible constructing a 2m trolley run with the Cactus’ Airbumps providing the stopping point for the runaway baskets.
Even when subjected to one extremely violent strike the Airbumps backed up for more punishment, strike after strike. Able to withstand the impact of a shopping trolley travelling at up to 4km/h, the Citroen Cactus’ Airbumps proved their ability to withstand repeated strikes, both for dents and scratches.
But if a shopping trolley wasn’t enough a demonstration media were also given the chance to fire paintballs at the Citroen Cactus and its Airbumps.
At an average weight of approximately 4 grams, over 5000 paintballs were fired at the Citroen Cactus at average speed of 330km/h. The only damage sustained was a cracked tail lamp and a broken grille badge, despite the target being the Airbumps. National Marketing Manager for Citroen Australia, Dimitri Andreatidis, said the launch aimed to prove the real-world usability of the Airbumps and the fun nature of Cactus.
“What better way to prove that Cactus’ innovative design features actually perform as intended than subject it to real world punishment from the nation’s harshest automotive critics,” said Andreatidis. “We took the Cactus beyond the everyday accidental damage scenario and subjected it to some extreme punishment, and it emerged virtually unscathed. This is testament to the Cactus’ high quality and ingenious design. The demonstrations did come with a serious note – do not try this at home! While it was great fun to try it on our own vehicle, I think our owners would prefer that you don’t go out and test it for yourself.”
The Citroen C4 Cactus arrives in Australian dealers throughout March.
CITROEN has an answer to the questions of the day with the C4 Cactus being a real alternative to conventional compact hatchbacks. In the fiercely competitive C-segment, with its apparently immutable design cues, the CITROEN C4 CACTUS stands apart with a unique design that is both functional and attractive. This original vehicle, based on a “design to value” approach, meets a specific challenge: to bring customers more of what really matters.
This approach sought to integrate the latest generations of powertrains and to significantly reduce weight in order to increase efficiency and thus reduce the fuel consumption of the CITROEN C4 CACTUS. The CITROEN C4 CACTUS also stands apart for its wide range of innovative technologies, designed to make every day driving easier.
Citroen Australia has launched its Cactus compact SUV in February with two models featuring extensive standard equipment and sharp pricing. The highly specified Cactus range will be available from a recommended retail price of $26,990* for the turbocharged PureTech petrol manual, while the semi-automatic diesel variant will carry an RRP of $29,990*.
A significant range of personalisation options will be available at extra cost and include: coloured Airbumps, coloured roof rails and door mirrors, wheel rims, colour body highlights, interior options and a range of vibrant exterior colours. Taking into account all possible combinations a total 23,184 Cactii combinations exist – with all being offered by Citroen Australia to customers that pre-order their vehicle before the end of the year.
The Cactus will also bring with it a range of innovative technologies paired to unparalleled customisation and Citroen’s leading 6 year warranty, service and support program. Locally, C4 Cactus will be offered with two drivetrains, featuring stop-start technology as well as:
- PSA’s highly awarded PureTech 81kW, 205Nm 1.2L turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine paired to a five speed manual transmission or,
- A 68kW, 230Nm 1.6L turbo-diesel paired to a 6 speed semi-automatic transmission.
Drivetrains aside, Citroen designers and engineers aimed to develop a vehicle that turns convention on its head, delivering unique solutions to issues surrounding modern motoring.
The response to the design brief is captured in five key developments:
- Airbump®, an innovation by CITROEN. Useful, attractive and customisable, this graphic feature enhances vehicle design while protecting the bodywork;
- A fully digital, intuitive interface and airy, connected driving position with controls grouped around a 7-inch touch screen, fitted as standard;
- Wide sofa-style seats at the front;
- Front passenger airbag transferred to the roof (Airbag In Roof technology), an exclusive that creates more room and storage space for the front passenger;
- An optional panoramic glazed roof with advanced heat protection;
As standard Exclusive petrol models will feature:
- 81kW, 205Nm 1.2-litre turbo petrol PureTech drivetrain with manual transmission;
- 7” Touch Screen with eMyWay Satellite Navigation;
- Reverse camera with rear parking sonar;
- DAB+ Digital Radio with 6 Speakers and ARKAMYS Digital Amplifier;
- Bluetooth connectivity and USB input;
- Automatic Lights & Wipers with Magic Wash;
- Climate control air conditioning;
- Cruise Control & Speed Limiter with Favourite Speed Memory;
- Cornering Fog Lights;
- 17” Bi-tone Cross alloy wheels with 15” Steel spare tyre;
- Tyre pressure monitors;
- Electronic assistants (ABS/EBD/EBA/ESC/HSA);
- Six airbags (front driver, roof passenger, front sides & two curtain);
- Bi-tone leather steering wheel with chrome insert & controls;
- Height adjustable driver’s seat;
- Electric front windows and pop out (6cm) rear windows;
- Electronically adjustable mirrors;
- PLIP with central locking;
- Seatbelt unfastening warning on all seats;
- Piano black roof bars, mirrors, blank rear insert & rear spoiler surround;
- Centre console and armrest with storage;
- Ventilated disc brakes front and drum brakes rear;
- Top box 8.5L storage compartment;
- Black Airbump;
- 12 volt socket and cup holder in cabin;
- Front sun-visors with driver’s courtesy mirror;
- 60/40 split rear seats;
- Guide-me-home lighting, selective unlocking and auto rear wiper in reverse;
- LED Courtesy and Map Lights.
Exclusive diesel models will feature the following over the Exclusive petrol:
- A 68kW, 230Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel drivetrain with six-speed semi-automatic;
- “Easy Push” Gear Selector and paddle shifters on steering wheel;
- Aircraft-style manual handbrake;
- Bench seat with armrest.
A variety of optional equipment will be available across both models including; exterior colour, interior trim, panoramic sunroof, coloured bumps (includes front and rear highlights), roof rails, side mirror caps, C-Pillar highlights and wheels.
*Manufacturer's recommended retail price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.