Citroën C3 First generation
|(2002 to 2010)|
Porto Real, Brazil (Citroën Brazil)
Barra de Carrasco, Uruguay (Oferol)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback
|Engine||1.1 L TU1 I4 (petrol)
1.4 L TU3 I4 (petrol)
1.4 L ET3 I4 (petrol)
1.6 L TU5 I4 (petrol)
1.4 L DV4 I4 (diesel)
1.6 L DV6 I4 (diesel)
5-speed semi-automatic (SensoDrive)
|Wheelbase||2,460 mm (96.9 in)|
|Length||3,850 mm (151.6 in) (hatchback)
3,934 mm (154.9 in) (convertible)
|Width||1,670 mm (65.7 in) (hatchback)
1,700 mm (66.9 in) (convertible)
|Height||1,490 mm (58.7 in)|
|Curb weight||953–1,050 kg (2,101–2,315 lb)|
The first generation of the C3 was launched at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show and began marketing in early 2002, as a five-door hatchback. It was available with 1.1, 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrol engines, and 1.4 and 1.6 litre common rail diesel engines. All models came as standard with a five-speed manual transmission, except for the Stop & Start model, which came with the SensoDrive gearbox a five-speed semi-automatic transmission with paddle-shifters and manual and automatic modes. The top level was the only version that had the option of a four-speed fully automatic transmission.
In accordance with the PSA Group policy, the C3's chassis was used for the Peugeot 1007 and the Peugeot 207. Many components of the C3 are the same as those of the Peugeot 206.
Some versions of the C3 feature a start-stop system system that can automatically cut the engine when not needed to save fuel, such as in traffic, and restart it briskly to move on again.
In 2007, the C3 was given a minor redesign, with the front end featuring a more imposing bumper, wider lower air intake, single air intake slit below the restyled radiator grille and a re-positioned number plate. The rear of the car was also given redesigned light clusters with crystal coloured midsections. The passenger compartment was also enhanced with the fitting of a restyled dashboard with high-quality finish, as well as a newer, more modern instrument cluster making the driver information easier to read. The addition of light metallic grey embellishers around the central section of the fascia and air vents contributed to the updated interior, as did the completely re-designed front and rear door panels and trims. The steering was also improved so that it weights up with speed. Citroën also added a new 1.6 L 16-valve HDi diesel engine to the range, rated at 110 bhp (82 kW; 110 PS). The Pluriel also received similar interior alterations but was otherwise unchanged.
A new C3 variant was introduced in July 2003, the C3 Pluriel, which can be configured as a full or partial convertible or a closed car, due to its detachable roof bars and folding fabric roof. It was originally offered with a choice of a 1.4 or a 1.6 L petrol engine, and a 1.4 L diesel engine. The 1.6 L petrol came fitted, as standard, with a semi-automatic gearbox. The Pluriel was withdrawn in early 2010.
In October 2013, Top Gear magazine placed the C3 Pluriel on its list of "The 13 worst cars of the last 20 years", describing the car as "useful as a chocolate teapot."
Citroën C3 Pluriel