The facelifted Citroën C3 has arrived in South Africa, with the local range again comprising two derivatives.
While the base Feel trim level is already available, the top-spec Shine derivative is due to hit local roads only in May 2021. The former is priced at R269 000, while the latter comes in at R324 900.
Revealed in February 2020, the C3’s mid-cycle refresh sees the third-generation French hatchback adopt the automaker’s latest front-end design language. The chevrons and chrome trim now extend to the LED daytime running lights, while new trim inserts surround the foglamps.
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 in the centre of the tailgate. Inside, Citroën claims the updated C3 has gone “upmarket”, gaining a “thoughtfully designed” facia and upgraded seats.
As before, there are two powertrain options on offer in South Africa, starting with the naturally aspirated 1,2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine. Powering the Feel variant, this three-pot offers 60 kW and 118 N.m to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox. The flagship Shine model, meanwhile, upgrades to a turbocharged version of the little triple, delivering 81 kW and 205 N.m to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic cog-swapper.
The range-topper ships standard with items such as 16-inch alloys (as opposed to the Feel model’s steel wheels), rain-sensing wipers and rear parking sensors, and also offers the option of two-tone exterior paint. Inside, you’ll find a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality.
A five-year/100 000 km warranty and a three-year/60 000 km service plan are included in the purchase price.
Citroën C3 1,2 Feel 60 kW: R269 900
Citroën C3 1,2 Pure 81 kW AT: R324 900