Citroën shows first images of new C1 city car
Citroën has sold 760,000 of the first-generation C1 since the car launched in 2005, and its successor falls in line with the latest cars to join the refreshed C-Line. Two-piece headlamps and smooth body lines bring it in line with the new C4 Picasso and C4 Cactus.
Body styles will include three and five door models as before, both as a conventional hatchback and an open-top Airscale version, the latter featuring a fabric roof in a choice of three colours which can be retracted to the top of the tailgate.
Dimensions are almost identical to its predecessor, with only a 40kg weight increase between the two cars – the new C1 weighing 840kg. Wider front and rear tracks and a new suspension setup are said to give the new C1 improved handling and better ride quality.
Engine options comprise a trio of three-cylinder petrols, identical to the Peugeot 108 which will also be shown at the Geneva Show. At the top of the range, the VTi 82 uses PSA’s new PureTech petrol engine to offer 82bhp and 65mpg with CO2 emissions of 99g/km – the most powerful C1 yet.
Citroën has yet to announce full running details for the entry-level e-VTI 68 and VTi 68 units, but these are likely to be similar to the Peugeot 108 at 88g/km and 95g/km respectively. The e-VTi 68 features an aerodynamic bodykit to improve economy further, while the VTi 68 can be equipped with a clutchless five-speed manual gearbox, raising CO2 emissions to 97g/km based on Peugeot’s figures.
Connectivity is a big part of the newcomer’s identity, and the dashboard now features a seven-inch touchscreen interface which can mirror smartphone apps and operate them remotely. Also new to the C1 is keyless entry and start, hill-start assist, automatic air conditioning, heated seats and a reversing camera.
Pricing and official engine details will be announced closer to the launch.