If you spend all your time in the city amidst the fashion-conscious, it pays to look your best.
Thats why Citroen has updated its C1 city car for 2012, with tweaked styling, improved engine technology and a host of new equipment, including Citroens EGS (Electronic Gearbox System).
Update: UK pricing has now been revealed, we take a look here: Citroen C1 Prices
Just as youd notice your friends new haircut, its the exterior changes that form your first impressions. The C1 has adopted some of the styling cues of bigger Citroens, with a more prominent badge, a larger front grille, and vertical daytime-running lights, echoing the fashionable Citroen DS3.
At the back, an updated badge completes the physical transformation. A range of new colours is also offered, including Botticelli Blue, cribbed from the C3 and DS3. Two new wheel designs, Notus and Rift, will catch your eye as you drive past shop windows.
Annoyingly, no photos have yet been revealed of the inse. But Citroen have told us that inside theres been a makeover too - a new leather-rimmed wheel is available on EGS models, and the manual gearstick has also moved upmarket. Entry-level C1s get new cloth trim and further up a new Orsai upholstery is available. If leathers your thing, a mix of cow hide and Alcantara is now an option to bring a touch of class to the interior.
Improved equipment levels bring a new CD audio system with Connecting Box on all but base-models, which reads all MP3 formats and has Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a USB jack.
The more you spend on fuel, the less you can spend down the high street, so the improved 65.7mpg economy will be welcome news. Engine changes also mean the C1 now puts out less than 100g/km of CO2 - 99g/km to be precise, which means free car tax.
You can also now buy a C1 with EGS, Citroens electronically-controlled manual gearbox, which allows automatic shifts, or control via gearshift paddles on the back of the steering wheel. EGS models manage 62.8mpg combined, and produce 104g/km of CO2.
Ride and Handling
An improved power steering system and new shock absorbers improve the C1s already impressive agility, and also offers a more comfortable ride. ABS with brake force distribution and ESP are standard, so screeching to a halt outside Starbucks will be easier than ever. The seats have Isofix anchorage points for secure attachment of child seats.
Pricing details and full UK specification for the new C1 range are yet to be confirmed, but the model will make its catwalk debut on Tuesday 10th January at the Brussels Motor Show.
Update: Prices have now been confirmed, full details here.
The updates certainly freshen up the C1, and will appeal to its target market. The improvement in running costs and free tax mean that one of the cheapest car to run has become even cheaper!
Check out our full guide to the Citroen C1, with reviews, user reviews, photos, videos and stats.