Citroen Australia has confirmed it will introduce the all-new C5 Aircross in the second half of 2019 following its global debut at the 2018 Paris International Motor Show.

Regarded as the marque’s new flagship vehicle, the new-generation SUV has been developed using the Citroën Advanced Comfort® Programme.

Equipped with an all-new suspension system featuring Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions®, the all-new C5 Aircross SUV lays claim to being one of the most comfortable cars in its segment.

It boasts unrivalled modularity with three individual sliding, folding and inclining rear seats (each with ISOfix) and best-in-class boot capacity of 580L, expanding to 720L when the sliding second-row seats are moved to their forward-most position.

Modern and high-tech, the all-new C5 Aircross SUV can be equipped with up to 20 driver assistance systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking and Active Blind Spot Monitoring, all underpinned by leading connectivity technologies including wireless smartphone charging.

“The all-new C5 Aircross is a return to Citroen’s comfort credentials and, symbolically, arrives in time for the marque’s 100th anniversary,” Citroen Australia’s Managing Director, Ben Farlow, said.

“The all-new C5 Aircross will underpin Citroen’s line-up in its centenary year, bringing with it standout styling, unrivalled comfort and a new focus on SUVs for Citroen in Australia.

“Citroen has long been synonymous with comfort and the all-new C5 Aircross will see us return to this territory, supported by the rest of the Citroen range,” Farlow added. While C5 Aircross is confirmed for the Australian market, local specification and pricing will not be announced until closer to its launch.

ALL-NEW C5 AIRCROSS IN DETAIL

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: A UNIQUE PERSONALITY IN THE SEGMENT

Boasting a strong personality, all-new C5 Aircross SUV stands apart through its singular, energetic and assertive attitude. Measuring 4.50 m long, robust and muscular the new model stands out in the SUV segment with its flowing shapes punctuated with strong graphic touches such as the Airbump®, dual-stacked headlamps, ground clearance of 230 mm and distinctive roof bars.

The cabin instantly gives an impression of protection and spaciousness, with an emphatically horizontal dashboard and enveloping seats, a height position that gives the feeling of dominating the road, as well as a wide central console and warm materials. 

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE MOST COMFORTABLE AND MODULAR SUV IN ITS SEGMENT

An ambassador of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, all-new C5 Aircross SUV stands out through its comfort and approach to interior space.

Headlining the advanced comfort focus are two major innovations: Citroën’s all-new suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® and Advanced Comfort seats with their unrivalled ability to filter out road disturbances and offers unmatched ride comfort, the result being an outstanding travelling experience for all passengers.

All-new C5 Aircross delivers unique modularity in the segment derived from Citroën’s singular know-how in the world of MPVs, with three individual, sliding, folding and inclining rear seats (each with ISOfix mounts) and best-in-class boot volume of up-to 720L.

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE NEXT-GENERATION, MODERN AND HIGH-TECH SUV

In tune with its times and equipped with a 12.3” TFT digital instrument cluster and an 8” capacitive touchscreen, all-new C5 Aircross can be specified with up-to 20 latest-generation driver assistance systems, as well as six advanced connectivity technologies – pending market.

The new, ultra-connected model and can be equipped with wireless smartphone charging, or the ConnectedCAM Citroën®.

The all-new C5 Aircross will be available with a range of efficient and high-performance petrol and diesel engines,  ranging from 130 bhp to 180 bhp and paired with the new EAT8 eight-speed automatic gearbox – pending market.

CITROEN ADVANCED COMFORT PROGRAM

To address the ongoing development of ‘Citroën comfort’ in the 21st century, the company has framed its expertise in comfort under a new development project, known as the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. The programme seeks to define a new dimension of comfort in vehicles, and pursues four objectives to enhance comfort in its latest cars:

  • Driving comfort – filtering out exterior interferences for a smooth ride and calm, quiet cabin
  • Living comfort – simplifying life on-board with functional storage compartments, intelligent packaging, and generous space
  • Functional comfort – creating a more comfortable drive with intuitive technologies, driver aids, and connectivity
  • Comfort of mind – ensuring the peace of mind of driver and passengers, with clear information displays and a relaxed interior ambience to enhance driving pleasure

Today, ergonomics, ride and handling, practicality and versatility, and even the atmosphere of the cabin, are all vital elements in making a car as comfortable as possible, for driver and passengers alike.

Each of the themes under the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme builds on the historic innovations that have contributed to Citroën’s reputation for comfort over the last 99 years.

THE "CITROËN ADVANCED COMFORT ® LAB’": UNEQUALLED DAMPING QUALITY

The "Citroën Advanced Comfort® Lab’" focuses on one of the many and varied aspects of comfort. Designed to filter out bumps and dips on the road, it groups Citroën innovations in this field. When a car drives over a bump or dip, the effect is passed on to the cabin and the occupants in three stages:

a) the suspension takes action
b) the vibrations are transferred to the body
c) the vibrations are felt by the passengers through the seats.

Reflecting this process, the "Citroën Advanced Comfort® Lab’" prototype features three innovations, one for each form of transmission, in order to reduce the vibrations felt by the occupants and thus significantly improve driving comfort.

Citroën has filed more than thirty patents for the technologies implemented by this prototype, but they were all developed to be applicable, from both a cost and production standpoint, to all the vehicles in the Citroën range.

SUSPENSION WITH PROGRESSIVE HYDRAULIC CUSHIONS ™ (PHC)

The all-new C5 Aircross will be the first Australian bound model to feature Citroen’s ground-breaking Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC), a Citroën innovation that will be rolled-out on future range vehicles.

Citroën's expertise in suspension is undisputed. For 99 years, suspension comfort has been embedded in the brand's genes. And over the years, customers have grown attached to Citroën’s comfort, which is unique on the market.

Drawing on its expertise and the know-how of its engineers, Citroën developed the new suspension system to improve the filtering quality typical of Citroën and so dear to its customers.

Some 20 patents were filed in the development of the new suspension.

The way it works is quite simple. While conventional suspension systems comprise a shock absorber, a spring and a mechanical stop, the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC) system adds two hydraulic stops on either side, one for compression, the other for decompression. The suspension therefore works in two stages to match how the car is used.

  • For light compression and decompression, the spring and shock absorber control vertical movements together with no assistance required from the hydraulic stops. But these stops gave engineers greater freedom in the car’s clearance, providing a “magic carpet ride” effect giving the impression that the car is gliding over uneven ground.
  • During major impacts, the spring and shock absorber work together with the hydraulic compression or decompression stops, which gradually slow the movement to avoid jerks at the end of the range. Unlike a traditional mechanical stop, which absorbs energy but returns a part of it, the hydraulic stop absorbs and dissipates this energy. This means there is no bouncing.

With this innovative technical solution, the Citroën vehicles of the future will deliver an exceptional level of comfort specific to the brand, and always appreciated by its customers. This refinement will not be reserved solely for executive vehicles but will also be available on the city-car segment and in all markets.
  
STRUCTURAL BODY BONDING
When the suspension has completed the damping process, the energy created by the irregular road surface is transferred to the body. The use of the structural bonding technique will significantly reduce this occurrence thanks to a global stiffness input.

Using an industrial process specific to Citroën, the structural parts of the vehicle are bonded together using a discontinuous line of adhesive. An electrical weld is positioned wherever the line of adhesive is interrupted. This bonding technique ensures a hard-bonding assembly without toxic smokes generated by bonding welds.

 This special bonding technique has a number of advantages:

The first is significantly higher global body stiffness. The improvement in stiffness is around 20 per cent on average : this contributes to isolate it from external vibrations phenomena. A stiffer body will reduce the level of vibrations transferred by driving conditions.

Another significant benefit concerns weight. Bonding makes the body stiffer without making it heavier. The heavier the vehicle, the more complex the suspension damping process for improved comfort.

The third and final advantage of this bonding technique concerns the bead bonding process: this technique allows to reduce the electrical welding work numbers and to control costs. It will not be reserved solely for executive vehicles, but could be used on all Citroën models.

SEATS INSPIRED BY THE WORLD OF BEDDING

Seats are the part of the vehicle most frequently in contact with passengers. It is the seats that provide the first impressions of comfort, when you look at them or get into the car. As well as providing support, they naturally contribute to damping out the various vibrations from the vehicle and the road surface.

As part of the development process, engineers study the lines of the seat, in order to respect the curve of the back for a better driving position, and the choice of materials used in manufacture. Foam of different densities and hardness will be used depending on the role of the seat component concerned: support or cushioning.

Adding in a new factor, Citroën looked at practices in the bedding industry, a sector in which shape memory materials represent the latest in comfort.

By using several layers of special materials (polyurethane foam, viscoelastic or textured foam), Citroën has been able to develop shape memory seats that adapt perfectly to the body shape of each passenger and offer an innovative comfort experience in the automotive field. With these properties, the seats regain their original shape from one passenger to the next.

At the Paris Motor Show, being held from 4 to 14 October 2018 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Citroën will emphasise the consistency of its new look guided by its brand signature “Inspired By You”:

  • A business performance driven by a new, strong and consistent range, with six models released in less than two years, each sharing a distinctive design as well as outstanding comfort via the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme with in World Premiere : New C5 Aircross SUV, the brand’s new flagship, produced in France
  • A brand for the core market presenting the first stage in its offensive to achieve 100 per cent of the range having an electric option with in World Premiere : New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid Concept
  • An iconic brand, century-old in 2019, celebrating the 70th birthday of the 2CV, and teaming up with icons, such as Jean Charles de Castelbajac and ELLE in the world of fashion and Rip Curl in that of surf wear.
  • An innovative brand, ensuring a friendly and relaxed customer experience in the architecture of its stand, a comfort location relating to its showrooms (la Maison Citroën) and also in the services on offer (Citroën Advisor, SeeTroën glasses,…)

On its stand, Citroën is unveiling an entirely renewed range, modern and consistent. A product offensive which becomes a success. In the first half of 2018, the brand achieved a growth of 9 per cent in the world. 

In Europe, the brand recorded its highest level of sales for seven years and won market share in both passenger and commercial vehicles. A performance driven by the success of recent launches: C3, new C4 Cactus, C3 Aircross SUV in Europe and C5 Aircross SUV in China.

This dynamic has been supported by the comprehensive enhancement of the brand, inspired by its customers and their automotive experience, which is expressed at the Paris Motor Show by :

01 - A STRONG, MODERN AND CONSISTENT RANGE

Strong models which share Citroën's new style and a modern, comprehensive and consistent comfort, as developed by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme.

  • An “SUV” area with the world premiere of New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV, along with C3 Aircross SUV, which has already been very successful (more than 100,000 sales). Two SUVs providing more character, comfort, spaciousness and modularity.
  • A “Hatchback” area, hosting new C4 Cactus hatchback with its innovative Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® (PHC) suspension near the best-selling C3 with over 400,000 units sold – which will be unveiled in an exclusive Limited Edition JCC+ in a world premiere (more information on 18/09), as well as C1 Urban Ride.
  • A “Family” area of ultra-comfort models adapted to all customer needs, with the third generation of New Berlingo leisure activity vehicle, recently launched and presented in its two M and XL versions, accompanied by Grand C4 SpaceTourer and SpaceTourer MPVs.

02 – A BRAND FOR THE CORE MARKET PART OF THE ENERGY TRANSITION

  • World premiere: New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid Concept. This concept foreshadows the rechargeable Hybrid version of New C5 Aircross SUV, Citroën's first PHEV model in the Core Model Strategy which will lead to 80 per cent of the range having an electric option by 2023 and 100 per cent by 2025. This model benefits from greater comfort due to its versatility and its Zero Emission mode
  • A range of models entirely certified according to the new WLTP protocol benefiting from the most efficient technologies in terms of pollution reduction standards, such as SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for BlueHDi Diesel or Gasoline Particulate Filters for direct injection petrol engines.

03 – AN ICONIC BRAND CELEBRATING ITS CENTENARY IN 2019

  • An “Fashion Car/Art Car” zone showcasing creations of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (E-MEHARI, C3)
  • The association with other iconic partners: ELLE magazine (C3) and Rip Curl (C3 Aircross and SpaceTourer)
  • A “Racing” zone, with the C3 WRC and a driving simulator made available to fans.
  • Events involving the “Le Petit Citroën” boutique with its transformed New Berlingo Van and the “Café Bulle” shaken up by Orangina.
  • A nod to the history of the brand, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, with the exhibition of the the 2CV Van and the 5 HP!

04 – A STAND REFLECTING AN INNOVATIVE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

  • A colourful and welcoming, embodiment of comfort, and lively stand “Inspired by You”, especially with its new Arena, offering daily events. A stand reflecting the showrooms, which are evolving to adapt to new consumer habits and meet customers’ needs, as demonstrated by the concept of city stores “La Maison Citroën”. Services such as Citroën Advisor and Rent & Smile, which continue to be rolled out to simplify the automotive experience and increase transparency and trust with our customers. And also innovative goodies like SEETROËN glasses.

Launched in 1996 and produced in over 1.5 million units, the iconic Citroën Berlingo light commercial vehicle, dedicated to professionals, is now available in its third-generation version, called Berlingo Van. As with the passenger-car version, already available to order, New Berlingo Van makes a true generational leap in terms of styling and equipment. Robust and fully consistent with the Brand’s identity, it gains new features for extra comfort and modularity.

Designed for all uses, and adapted to all professions, the new model is available in 2 sizes, M and XL, and becomes closest to customer needs with 2 versions “Worker” and “Driver” according to philosophy and use thanks to their ground clearance, equipment levels or protection components. Efficient with its large load volume, easy access and numerous cabin configurations, including the Extenso® Cab or the Crew Cab, it is the ideal partner for all professionals.

New Citroën Berlingo Van is built on a new platform for better handling, more comfort and more security. Charting new territory in its segment, it is equipped with 20 driver assistance systems and 4 connectivity technologies together with latest-generation engines including the new BlueHDi 1.5 diesel, the PureTech 1.2 petrol and the EAT8 automatic gearbox. New Berlingo Van will be launched in late 2018.

With New Berlingo PC (particular vehicle) arriving in dealerships this summer, the Citroën brand is unveiling the third-generation LCV version of Berlingo intended for professionals, New Berlingo Van. A commercial vehicle market in which Citroën achieved 9.7 per cent market share in 2017 in Europe and is positioned in third place on the podium, with almost 73 000 units. The brand’s legitimacy in small vans is underpinned by its pioneering past in the segment, having launched the legendary 2CV, C15 and Berlingo, as well as having introduced the first diesel, the first model with integrated load cell, and the first model with three front seats. Building on this strong heritage, New Berlingo Van marks the renewal of a best-selling vehicle.

A benchmark in “practical sense” for professionals, Citroën Berlingo is a key player in its segment that has successfully innovated over the years. Since launch, it has been produced in over 1.5 million units worldwide, over 1.3 million of which in Europe and over 470,000 in France. An essential model, Berlingo enjoyed a record year in 2017 in France with over 27,000 registrations, up 4 per cent on 2016. Still, with already over 8,000 registrations, up 25 per cent in first-quarter 2018, Berlingo alone accounts for 40 per cent of Citroën’s LCV registrations and stands as the Brand’s top-selling LCV. Full of ambition, New Berlingo Van intends to continue its success story in its third-generation version, set for launch at the end of 2018.

In short, New Berlingo Van is:

01 - AN ICONIC MODEL WITH AN ASSERTIVE AND MODERN PERSONALITY
Having invented the van model with integrated load cell, Citroën is continuing its story with a van that is more modern than ever. New Berlingo Van possesses a unique body design and robust styling for all professionals.

  • The new model has a robust and protective attitude. The body styling has changed, with a more forward-set windscreen and a higher and shorter front end, achieved notably through the adoption at the front end of the EMP2 platform, making for a shorter front overhang.
  • A singular front end ensuring extra protection and consistent with the Citroën brand’s identity and its big brother, Jumpy.
  • Flowing body styling featuring consummately worked sides and a functional appearance at rear.
  • An interior designed for professionals that adds solidity to practicality, in particular with a clean and airy dashboard equipped with numerous useful in-car technologies.

02 - “BESPOKE” COMFORT: A VAN DESIGNED FOR ALL USES
“Inspired by Pro” to be the ideal partner for professionals, New Citroën Berlingo Van builds on its strong points and provides a solution adapted to each profession.

  • It offers a bespoke solution to a broad range of uses with: two sizes, M and XL, measuring 4.40 m and 4.75 m long respectively;
  • It becomes closest to the customer needs, by offering a 2 special “Worker” and “Driver” versions which differ from philosophy and uses thanks to their ground clearance, engine protection and equipment levels.
  • Versatility and modularity are illustrated by: an Extenso® Cab for seating three people in row 1 and a modular Crew Cab for transporting up to five passengers in rows 1 and 2.
  • It features the most intelligent design for simplifying everyday life, with an excellent rear access via swing or panel rear doors, sliding doors, useful storage spaces and a record payload of up to 1,000 kg, maintaining the same width between wheel arches (1,23m) for the easy loading of europallet.

03 - THE COMFORT OF A VAN FEATURING THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY FEATURES
Moving with the times, New Berlingo Van holds its own against passenger cars. It brings motorists top-level ride comfort, and ensuring optimal safety:

  • Suspension settings benefiting from all of Citroën's know-how for peerless comfort.
  • A new platform designed to provide the most adapted response: harnessing Citroën’s finest know-how, the new model is enhanced with the new EMP2 platform at the front for improved handling and latest-generation technology.
  • An exceptional amount of technologies for the segment, with 20 driver assistance systems that make everyday life easier including an Overload indicator and the Surround rear vision system, both of them firsts in the LCV segment, all categories combined, as well as a Colour Head-up display, an Electric parking brake, Adaptive cruise control with a Stop function, and the Active Safety Brake system, as well as 4 connectivity technologies including Citroën Connect Nav and wireless smartphone charging.
  • Latest-generation engines strong on performance and efficiency: BlueHDi 1.5 diesel, PureTech 1.2 petrol, and the introduction of the EAT8 automatic gearbox.  

01 - AN ICONIC MODEL WITH AN ASSERTIVE AND MODERN PERSONALITY

Citroën: the inventor of integrated load cell 

Citroën’s story in the small van segment began at the beginning of the 20th century. Berlingo comes from a long line of models initiated in 1928 with C4 Fourgon with its all steel bodywork and its two hinged rear doors. Then in 1950 was the famous 2CV Van, a 100 per cent LCV version of the legendary 2CV. The compact van started life with all the advantages of a practical and economic vehicle and would go on to become one of the greatest successes in its category. The pioneering model, now a collector’s item around the world, will go down in history as the first mass-produced front-wheel-drive van. Produced from March 1951 to March 1978 in 1,246,335 units, it stands as a truly iconic model.

2CV Van was replaced by Acadiane in 1978. The van was restyled and gained the front end of Dyane. Acadiane was produced in 235,393 units in nine years.

The real breakthrough occurred in the 1980s with a new model, Citroën C15. After the small, two-cylinder engines on the 2CV and Acadiane, the new model launched in 1984 was powered by a water-cooled four-cylinder powerplant. Derived from the Visa launched in 1978, the famed model, perceived as a true professional tool, went on to enjoy a long career. It was produced until 2006, some ten years after the launch of Berlingo! Its reputation for toughness and solidity made it a leading light in its segment. Sales were also boosted by the range of diesel engines on offer. C15 alone sold in over 1.18 million units produced over a 22-year period.

The next great revolution of the end of the 20th century was Berlingo! The first generation launched in July 1996 once again disrupted the segment by providing more distinction and comfort. Berlingo innovated with unique body styling and an entirely singular integrated load area. The model’s name would over the years become synonymous with the segment benchmark.

Berlingo was renewed in May 2008. The second-generation model featured the same comfort and features as saloons, as well as more prestige for professional customers.

A facelifted Berlingo was revealed in spring 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show.  In 2016, in a nod to the birthdays of 2CV Van, celebrating its 65th, and Berlingo, celebrating its 20th, Citroën created two special models for the Colette store, 2CV Van Colette and Berlingo Colette, which have become true collector’s items!

New, expressive and modern design

The design of Citroën Berlingo has already changed substantially since 1996, but now it is moving into a new era. In its appearance, New Citroën Berlingo makes a true generational leap and moves decidedly upmarket. Robust and protective, New Berlingo Van gains modern and vivacious exterior styling with flowing lines, free of aggression, and assumes a strong character and assertive personality through its well-balanced proportions.

The teams of Alexandre Malval, Director of Style at Citroën, have designed a special front end for the LCV version. The expressive and distinctively Citroën front end comprises a short and high bonnet for a commanding view of the road, underscored by wide light units confirming the model’s kinship with its big brother, Jumpy, and differing from those of the PC version, which is already available to order. The whole gives the new model an attractive and robust look.

The side styling places the focus on protection and flowing lines and maintains impeccable balance, whatever the vehicle length chosen. The eye is drawn to the large sliding side doors, redolent of practicality through a broad range of configuration and transport possibilities, and which make for more generosity in terms of cabin volume. The flowing styling is marked by consummately worked sides and at the rear, the van keeps its functional appearance and “van spirit” with vertical headlamps and Berlingo monogram.

Inside, the cabin has been entirely redesigned. The specifications of the Citroën Style team were simple: in a segment governed by expectations of practicality, make a clean break with the previous Berlingo in terms of design and functionality to create the best possible combination for the model’s new customers. Fully inspired by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New Berlingo Van gains a modern and uncluttered dashboard, ergonomically positioned and with an emphatic horizontal design. The driver’s station boasts a modern instrument panel, a multifunction steering wheel and a colour head-up display (depending on the version). Procuring a true feeling of robustness, New Berlingo Van also features neat presentation of materials on the dashboard, central console, door and seats. The assembly and trims are intended to be reliable and suitable for professional use. New Berlingo Van’s cabin is also kitted out with TPO floor mats which are easily cleaned. It also can have as an option a wood trim kit (floor and side panels) for enhanced load area protection.

02 - “BESPOKE” COMFORT:  A VAN DESIGNED FOR ALL USES

An ideal partner for everyday life, New Berlingo Van targets a broad range of professionals and provides a solution adapted to their motoring needs with simplified cabin and loading access.

“Inspired by Pro”

A spin-off of the Brand baseline “Inspired by You” for the world of business, the new Brand baseline “Inspired by Pro” is dedicated 100 per cent to Citroën’s light commercial vehicles. It targets self-employed tradespeople, shopkeepers, local authorities and small companies working in a variety of fields, including construction, deliveries, services and emergency services. New Citroën Berlingo Van responds to the needs of each of its customers by bringing them a complete range adapted to their business requirements. New Berlingo Van is the “bespoke” light commercial vehicle that places a premium on the driver or employee in terms of well-being and practicality and adapts ideally to their profession.

Designed for all uses

New Citroën Berlingo Van meets an extremely broad range of needs. It is a bespoke van which offers versatility and modularity with: different sizes, different cabins and different opening panels and a multitude of storage spaces and record load volume. It also has a loading volume among the best in the segment in Size M and the best architectural efficiency (ratio of usable volume/exterior dimensions) in Size XL.

2 Sizes available:
As with the passenger-car version, New Citroën Berlingo Van is available in two sizes, an M version measuring 4.40 m long with a 2.78 m wheelbase and an XL version measuring 4.75 m long with a 2.97 m wheelbase. The XL model is well proportioned in terms of wheelbase and rear overhang.

2 cabin layouts:
Designed for professionals working as a team and who need to travel together, the Extenso® Cab offers three seats. It can transport three passengers in the front (row 1) with its broader central seat, which can be transformed into a mobile office with a pivoting writing table. The impressively modular Extenso® Cab adapts to all situations and also features a folding side passenger seat providing optimal load length and increasing useful load volume 3,3 to 3,8 m3 in Size M and 3,9 to 4,4 m3 in Size XL. It is also equipped with a range of storage spaces located around the cabin for keeping documents and tools within handy reach.

The modular Crew Cab version of New Berlingo Van is intended for professionals who need to accommodate up to 5 persons and to carry large volumes. It is available in an XL version and requires no specific conversion since it is already available directly from the manufacturer. This version of New Berlingo Van gains extra modularity and versatility. According to use, it offers a unique comfort with knee room in row 2 -equivalent to that on the passenger-car version. It is also perfect for transporting long loads, equipped with a folding passenger seat and retractable row 2 and a mobile mesh bulkhead with a flap.

2 versions : “Worker” and “Driver”
Adapted to all uses, New Citroën Berlingo Van is available in two versions, each one using with specific philosophy and features for its professional customers :

The “Worker” version targets professionals who transport equipment and workers. At ease on all work sites, this Berlingo model has three front seats, raised ground clearance (+30 mm), a protective plate under the engine and enhanced traction thanks to Grip Control with Hill Assist Descent. The robust model stands apart with its large wheels (690mm) with Mud & Snow tyres, a plastic-covered floor, extra payload of up to 1,000 kg and a loading Pack including enhanced lighting in the load area, 12V power socket and mid-height load securing rings.

The “Driver” version was specially designed for companies and their employees who need to make long trips or numerous deliveries in urban areas. For day-to-day efficiency, this version stands out through its ride comfort, meticulous acoustics and driver assistance systems. It is available with: an acoustic pack, dual zone air conditioning, seats with lumbar adjustment, a rain and light sensor, a cruise control/speed limiter system, electric parking brake, connected radio with an 8” screen, and the original Surround Rear Vision system.

Opening panels for easier loading access
New Berlingo Van is available in a variety of configurations, with 0, 1 or 2, sliding side doors. The sliding doors provide optimised opening width for easier loading and unloading regardless of where the vehicle is parked.

At the rear, the van is equipped as standard with 60/40 panel rear doors, the smaller door on the right, opening up to 180°. The wraparound rear swing doors increase the perception of width and conceal the hinges. The doors are attractive but also practical, as they provide extra protection against theft. To meet the needs of certain professions, the vans can also be equipped with optional glazed swing doors (60/40, opening up to 180°) with heating windows and wipers on the left-hand side only, or with a glass tailgate with a heating window and wiper.

The LCV model also boasts another ingenious solution: a hinged rear roof flap. The generous size of this feature makes for easy everyday use. For transporting long objects such as stepladders or ladders, professionals, including electricians and painters, can use the hinged rear roof flap on New Berlingo Van and drive in complete peace of mind with the doors closed. This option is available only on versions with rear swing doors (it is not available on versions with two sliding side doors and is incompatible with the long versions). The bar supporting the height load has a maximum capacity of 100 kg.

Numerous storage spaces within easy reach
Designed from the start with interior comfort in mind, New Berlingo Van scores high on practicality. The ingenious vehicle is equipped with a plethora of ingenious storage spaces at the front for everyday objects, from the smallest (pens, coins) to the largest (15” laptop, folders). There are 113 litre of storage compartments overall, including a drawer under the seat, an upper “Top Box” glove box made possible by the Airbag in Roof system, a lower glove box, an overhead storage unit, various small storage surfaces, large door bins and cup holders. And for the needs of professionals, the cabin is also home to two USB sockets, two 12V sockets and one 220V socket.

Benchmark boot capacity 
Thanks to its rear block, a development of the current platform, New Berlingo Van provides a record loading capacity. It allows for a larger payload and retains its width between the wheel arches (1.23 m) in order to easily load up to 2 europallets. New Berlingo Van boasts record load capacity, with a minimum load volume of 3.3 m3 as standard to 4.4 m3 in Size XL and a payload from 650 kg to 1,000 kg. To better respond to the needs of LCV customers, New Berlingo Van is equipped on an exclusive basis with an overload indicator – the very first application of this technology by a car manufacturer, all segments combined. It informs the user when they approach or exceed the authorised limit in terms of weight. As for the maximum towed load for the model, it is 1,500 kg.

03 - THE COMFORT OF A VAN FEATURING THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY FEATURES

With its new modular platform, the new-generation Berlingo LCV benefits from an optimised architecture for more practicality, comfort and safety. It is fitted with modern and intelligent driver assistance and connectivity technologies and with latest-generation engines.

Optimal ride comfort
Produced at PSA's Vigo site in Spain, New Citroën Berlingo Van is built on a new platform for more agility, spaciousness and practicality, while offering classic Citroën suspension settings.

New Citroën Berlingo Van possesses an efficient architecture providing even more functionality. The new model's modular platform is based on the EMP2 platform at the front and the current Berlingo platform at the rear. The platform at the front improves handling with electric power steering and a turning circle ideal for manoeuvres. It also optimises vehicle mass and makes possible the installation of the latest ADAS.

Faithful to the Brand's DNA and the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New Citroën Berlingo Van draws on all of Citroën's expertise with suspension settings resulting from Citroën's best know-how in the interest of comfort. Making each journey a moment of serenity for the driver and any passengers, it filters out all road disturbances in all conditions. The peerless on-road comfort of New Berlingo Van results from a comfortable driving position (including for tall people), the comfort of seats (with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment and individual armrest), suspension comfort and soundproofing comfort, with top-level acoustic treatment.

For ideal driving comfort in all circumstances, New Berlingo Van is equipped with the “Magic Wash” function that maintains visibility during window washing and halves the amount of liquid required. A further advantage of the new model lies in its following assistance systems to reduce mental workload of the driver.

Innovative technologies that make life easier
New Citroën Berlingo Van is functional and practical but also extremely reassuring. Fully in step with its times and seeking to bring professionals a safer and more serene drive, the new model is packed with highly useful technologies.

  • 20 driver assistance systems

New Citroën Berlingo Van provides motorists with consummate comfort and safety through major innovations.

New to all LCV segments:

  • Overload indicator: This innovative built-in function informs drivers when the maximum authorised load is exceeded, be it technically permissible maximum laden mass or technically permissible mass on each axle (front and rear). The objective is three-fold: to prevent overload risks and on-road risks stemming from tyre blow-out or premature wear, to meet customer expectations on safety, and to avoid the risk of a fine for exceeding the load limit. The measurement of the load weight is triggered in two ways: when the engine is started, automatically, or parked, by pushing on the button located in the load area. The system remains active for five minutes.
  • Surround rear vision: this system allows visibility to be increased when driving, such as during manoeuvres in surroundings which can sometimes be tight (warehouses, building sites, urban traffic…) without compromising the protection of the vehicle’s load thanks to fully panelled walls (the content may sometimes be worth more than the vehicle itself and is more likely to be stolen if visible from the exterior). The system displays views of the close surroundings of the vehicle so as to limit blind spots for panel van drivers. Th images from the two cameras located at the base of the passenger-side door mirror and at the top of the rear swing doors are displayed on a 5” colour screen replacing the central rearview mirror. The system has three sub-functions:
  • -Passenger view monitoring: for visualising the passenger side of the vehicle, by pushing the button on the side indicator commodo
  • -Rear view monitoring: provides a visual aid in the axis of the vehicle.
  • -Reversing camera: displays the close rear area with the vehicle in reverse gear. (In forward gear, the default view is the rear view monitoring)

Rare in the B- LCV segment:

  • Colour head-up display: a system that provides the driver with useful driving information in their field of vision. Projected in colour on a retractable surface, this information (speed, guidelines of the cruise control and speed limiter, changes of direction of the navigation system) is constantly available to the driver without them having to look away from the road.
  • Automatic electronic parking brake: a system that automatically clamps when the engine is stopped, automatically unclamps when the vehicle moves forward (activated by default) or manually by a pull on the control paddle.
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop function (on EAT8): this system provides two functions using the multifunction camera on the upper part of the windscreen, automatically maintaining vehicle speed consistent with the driver's setting and automatically adjusting the distance between the vehicle in front of the driver. The system detects a vehicle driving in front of the car in the same direction. It automatically adjusts vehicle speed to that of the vehicle in front, using the engine brake and the braking system (in which case the stop lights activate) to maintain a constant distance:
  • -If the vehicle in front is moving more slowly, the system slows down (up to 30 km/h with a manual gearbox) or brings the vehicle to a complete halt (with the EAT8 automatic gearbox)
  • -If the vehicle in front speeds up or changes lane, the cruise control system gradually accelerates to return to the set speed
  • -If the driver activates the indicator to overtake a slower vehicle, the system authorises them to temporarily move closer to the vehicle in front to help them overtake it, without exceeding the set speed
  • Activ Lane Departure Warning system: a system that, by means of a camera which recognises continuous or discontinuous lanes, detects the unintentional crossing of a longitudinal ground marking on traffic lanes. Whenever the system identifies a risk of unintentional crossing, the steering gradually goes in the opposite direction to keep the vehicle in its initial lane. An indicator light flashes during the correction time. If the driver wishes to maintain the vehicle's trajectory, they can prevent correction by holding the steering wheel firmly (for example, during avoidance manoeuvres). Correction is interrupted when the direction indicator lamps are activated. The system functions at speeds between 65 km/h and 180 km/h.
  • Driver Attention Alert: alerts drivers in the event of decreased vigilance. The system assesses the driver’s alertness by identifying trajectory anomalies in relation to road markings using a multi-function camera at the top of the windscreen. The feature is especially suited to fast lanes, at over 65 km/h.
  • Coffee Break Alert: a system that tells drivers when it is time to take a break after they have driven for two hours at speeds above 65 km/h.
  • Extended trafic sign recognition and recommendation: a system that automatically detects and reads certain road signs, including speed limit and end of speed limit signs using the multifunction camera at the top of the windshield. The image on the detected sign and the authorised maximum speed detected by the camera are displayed in the 3.5-inch colour matrix on the instrument cluster and on the head-up display surface. The information is updated when a driver passes a speed limit sign (no entry road sign, no overtaking ban) and the system also takes account of the speed limit information in the mapping of the navigation system.
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System: a system that warns the driver if a vehicle is present in their blind spot, using a light in the door mirrors.
  • Distance Alert: this system warns drivers that their vehicle is at risk of colliding with the vehicle in front or a pedestrian on the road. If the risk of a collision is detected, a sound and visual signal is activated.
  • Active Safety Brake: this emergency braking system limits the risk of minor accidents. It operates at speeds above 5 km/h for fixed and moving objects, and for pedestrians. If the driver does not react, the system brakes the vehicle automatically.
  • Intelligent Beam Headlights: a system that automatically activates high- and low-beam headlights at night depending on the lighting conditions and surrounding traffic.
  • Cornering Light Function: a system that functions dependent on the steering wheel angle and above 40 km/h. The left or right fog lamp activates in addition to the main headlamp to illuminate up to 75° the angle to the right or left of the vehicle.
  • Keyless entry and start: a system that enables the driver to lock, unlock and start the vehicle without using a key. The car recognises the driver as they approach the front door handles or boot with their hands.
  • Hill Start Assist: to make hill starts easier, this system prevents any undesired vehicle movement on inclines when the brake pedal is released. The function activates on inclines of over 3 per cent by stabilising the vehicle for two seconds.
  • Side Park Assist: informs the driver of the proximity of objects to the side of the manoeuvring vehicle by memorising the data recorded by sensors located in the front and rear bumpers combined with the vehicle trajectory.
  • Reversing camera: warns drivers of obstacles near the vehicle via visual and audible feedback.
  • Trailer Stability Control: on vehicles equipped with a coupling device (factory option), New Citroën Berlingo incorporates a trailer stabiliser. This additional ESP function detects trailer rocking movements, acts on the brakes to stabilise the trailer and, if necessary, reduces engine power to slow the vehicle down. It detects the towed object when its electric connection is hooked up to the vehicle.
  • Grip Control with Hill Descent Assist: providing grip in all conditions, Grip Control adapts the traction of the front wheels to the type of road surface. Drivers simply select one of the 5 modes from the special dial located on the centre console (Standard, Snow, Mud, Sand, ESP OFF). Combined with Grip Control, Hill Assist Descent maintains the car at a reduced speed even on steep inclines. The technology keeps the vehicle on the right trajectory while limiting the risk of slippage or acceleration as it descends slopes, in forward or reverse gear.

4 connectivity technologies

New Citroën Berlingo Van also ensures comfort and well-being through digital continuity on board, so that professionals can stay connected with their customers and colleagues at all times.

  • Mirror Screen Function with Android Auto, Apple Car Play™ and MirrorLink®: for enjoying smartphone apps on the 8-inch tablet in complete safety.
  • Citroën Connect Nav: a latest-generation 3D connected navigation system with a host of advantages. Combined with an 8-inch tablet with a capacitive screen requiring the lightest of touches, this system also boasts voice recognition for controlling navigation, phone and media functions without taking one's eyes off the road. The system comes with connected services such as TomTom Traffic, for real-time traffic info, service-station and car-park localisation and prices, weather information, and a local point-of-interest search function. Danger Areas (optional).
  • Citroën Connect Box with the SOS Pack and assistance included: an emergency geolocation call and assistance service. In the event of an accident or any other situation that requires urgent assistance, it calls out the appropriate assistance either automatically or when the user presses the "SOS" button inside the car. Available 24/7, the service is free. For even greater peace of mind, customers can also contact the support switchboard by pressing and holding the “Double Chevron” button.
  • Wireless smartphone charging with a special charging station. This all-new system can be used to induction charge a wide range of smartphones or devices compatible with the Qi standard with a charging mat built into a dedicated storage space in the central console. The system does away with the need for physically and aesthetically troublesome cables. Wireless electric energy transmission is based on the principle of magnetic induction.

Latest-generation engines
This third LCV generation is a dynamic on-road performer and brings professionals true at-the-wheel pleasure and an optimised cost of use. Performance has been upgraded through the combination of a new light-weight platform and latest-generation fuel-efficient engines with low CO2 emissions.

New Berlingo Van is available with the PureTech 1.2 petrol engine and the BlueHDi 1.5 diesel, adapted to all uses, both in the city and out on the open road. The engine range respects the environment and delivers top-flight performance and controlled real-life fuel consumption. It is also equipped (depending on the engine) with the new-generation EAT8 automatic gearbox for enhanced driving pleasure over all distances.

Designed and developed in collaboration with the Japanese specialist Aisin, the eight-speed “Efficient Automatic Transmission” gearbox (with steering wheel paddles for manual gear changes) is both intuitive and seamless. In everyday use, it offers improved driving comfort and smoother gear shifting, made possible by optimised exchanges of torque between the engine and gearbox; the transition to eight speeds helps reduce the jump between gears at each gear shift.

  • PureTech 1.2 petrol range:
    • PureTech 110 S&S 6-speed manual
    • PureTech 130 S&S EAT8* available from second-half 2019 
  • BlueHDi 1.5 diesel range:
    • BlueHDi 130 S&S 6-speed manual or EAT8
  • BlueHDi 1.6 diesel range :
    • BlueHDi 75 manual
    • BlueHDi 100 manual
    • BlueHDi 100 S&S manual

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length: 4.40 m size M / 4.75 m size XL
Width: 2.10 m (with side mirrors)
Height: 1,80m Size M / 1,85m Size XL Worker
Load volume: 3.3 m3 size M / 3.9 m3 size XL & with Extenso® Cab up to 3,8m3 M / 4,4 m3 XL
Payload: up to 1,000 kg size M / up to 950 kg size XL
Useful length: 1.81 m size M / 2.16 m size XL
Towable weight: up to 1,500 kg

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
  • Airbump®
  • 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.

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).

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.

Onboard Wellbeing

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.

Up-To-The-Minute Technologies

Citroën ConnectedCam™

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.

Technical Specifications

  • 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.

International Information

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.