The historic French manufacturer is the next in line to tackle the massively competitive budget sub-four-metre segment with this all-new Citroen C3 crossover offering. Citroen wants to make it very clear that this new model will not replace its existing C3 hatch. Instead, it will be sold as a completely different model to emerging markets such as India and Brazil.
This programme is referred to by Citroen as the “C-Cubed” strategy which consists of three vehicles that will place a strong focus on global markets by 2024. The rehashed Citroen C3 crossover will be introduced to the aforementioned locations by next year. It will square-off against the likes of the Toyota Urban Cruiser, Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Nissan Magnite, Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue, among other challengers.
The new Citroen C3 crossover measures 3 980 mm long with a wheelbase of 2 540 mm and ground clearance of 180 mm. To keep it in line with its current global offering, standard design cues such as the dual-stage signature headlamps and double chevron chrome bars across the front have been applied to the front.
The brand assures that the Citroen C3 crossover has been designed for tough road conditions by applying the aforementioned ground clearance and short overhangs. It also adopts a high bonnet position, reinforced front and rear fairings and protective scuff plates. Citroen states that the chassis of its new product has been built with unsurfaced roads in mind.
Where packaging is concerned, the Citroen C3 crossover offers 315-litres of boot space which is complemented by a 1,0-litre glove box, two 2,0-litre door pockets at the front and a pen tray beneath the dashboard for smaller objects.
The highlight of the cabin is a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system which offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. This is complemented by three smartphone clamp mounts, three USB quick charge sockets and a 12-volt power socket.
Citroen hasn’t revealed any details regarding the powertrain options as yet but it confirms that they will be modern and efficient.
There’s no confirmation on whether we will see the Citroen C3 crossover in South Africa but considering how popular the segment has become, the chances of an introduction may be strong.