The facelifted Citroën C3 hatchback has been revealed, debuting the French firm’s new front-end design language.

While Citroën returned to South Africa towards the end of 2019, the third-generation C3 has been on sale in other markets since 2016, with more than 750 000 units sold around the world.

The company says the refreshed model is the first production Citroën to feature the firm's new front-end identity, which it claims was “inspired directly” by its latest concept cars. The chevrons and chrome trim now extend to the LED daytime running lights, while some colour is provided by the inserts surrounding the foglamps.

The mid-cycle update also brings new LED headlamps, revised 17-inch alloy wheels and new Airbump designs. In Europe, front parking sensors have been added to the mix, along with various new connected services.

In addition, new rear-quarter panel patterns – mimicking the shape of the Airbump capsules – have been incorporated. Round back, gloss-black chevron badging with a chrome surround makes an appearance at the centre of the tailgate.

Inside, Citroën claims the updated C3 has gone “upmarket”, gaining a “thoughtfully designed” dashboard, upgraded seats (with an armrest on the driver's side) and plenty of customisation options. The seven-inch touchscreen now features a “glossy appearance” along with a “rib” at the bottom to support the hand during use.

While the engine range appears largely unchanged, the French brand has added the option of a six-speed automatic transmission in Europe.