The new Citroën C3, set for launch in April 2013, will make its debut at the Geneva motor show. Citroën has sold nearly 3 million units of the C3 since 2002. Among a range of more efficient engines with CO2 emissions as low as 87 g/km, the new C3 will also offer the new PureTech gasoline engines (earlier post) bringing 15% more power and a 25% cut in fuel consumption.
|The new C3. Click to enlarge.|
The 3-cylinder PureTech engines are in 1 or 1.2 liter capacity. Some 52 patents were filed in the development of the new engine generation in order to bring down weight and bulk, optimize combustion and reduce friction. The VTi 68 and VTi 82 offer fuel consumption of between 4.3 and 4.5 l/100 km (54.7 mpg US and 52.3 mpg US), and CO2 emissions between 99 and 104 g/km.
The VTi 120 engine, available with a manual or automatic gearbox, rounds out the gasoline engine offerings.
The new Citroën C3 is also available with five diesel engines, the HDi 70, e-HDi 70, HDi 90, e- HDi 90 and e-HDi 115. The three powerplants with micro-hybrid e-HDi technology offer the most efficient Stop&Start system on the market, according to Citroën.