New Citroen C1 set for Geneva motor show debut

New Citroen C1 unveiled

Compact new Citroën gets range of modern kit and efficient petrol engines; French car firm also promises a low running costs, cheap servicing and a budget price tag

Citroën has unveiled the new C1, its version of the new Czech-built city car it shares with Peugeot and Toyota.

The original model shifted 760,000 examples since 2005, a total that could be topped as the European market for city cars continues to grow.

Like the Peugeot 108, the C1 comes in three- and five-door versions as well as an ‘Airscape’ model with a roll-back fabric roof.

Designed primarily for use in an urban environment, the compact C1 is just 3.46m long, 1.62m wide and has a turning circle of 4.8m.

It also features a much more striking exterior design than the previous model, aided by LED daytime running lights and ’3D effect’ tail lights.

Eight exterior colours will be offered, while a pair of two-tone launch models will also be available initially. Inside, the C1 features bright interior colours and body-coloured inserts in the door panels.

Two engines will be available, a 68bhp three-cylinder ‘Airdream’ engine and a 1.2-litre, three-pot, good for 82bhp which is rated at 99g/km of CO2. Citroën claims 0-60mph in 11sec and an average 65mpg.

The VTi 68 engine will be offered with a five-speed manual gearbox and a stop-start system. Buyers will also be able to specify a five-speed automated manual gearbox, called the ‘Efficient Tronic Gearbox’.

The C1, which weighs just 840kg in base form, will also get a 7in touchscreen in the cabin which can ‘mirror’ the driver’s smartphone. Other equipment options include climate control, heated seats and a reversing camera.

Citroën says that the C1 will aim to combine a low price tag with ‘optimised’ running costs, thanks to its efficient engines and low servicing prices.

Official pricing has yet to be released, but the C1 currently costs upwards of £6995.

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