Citroen’s All-New C1 Announced

What’s this then?

These are the first public images of the replacement for the ageing Citron C1 – also called the Citron C1.

And what’s new?

Well, just like its sister Peugeot 108 last week, everything.

The previous C1 was part of a platform and technologies cooperative between Citron’s parent company PSA and Japanese megacorp Toyota, also spawning the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo. There’s a similar arrangement here, with the 108 and C1 being the same car under the skin – though there’s no word on an Aygo replacement yet – so a lot of what was said about the 108 applies here too.

Like the 108, the C1 will be available in 3 and 5 door body shapes and there’ll be a open-top model with a full length fabric roof, here dubbed Airscape.

What powers it?

The same three, three-cylinder petrols you’ll find in the 108. These are a basic 1.0 VTi with 68hp, a slightly warmer 1.2 VTi with 82hp and a frugal eVTi based on the 1.0 but with stop-start technology and the Peugeot-Citroen ETG 5 speed gearbox, good for around 90g/km CO2 and over 70mpg combined.

Anything else?

The copy and paste nature of the 108 and C1 continues right through to the dual-toned body colours on offer and 7 touch screen to which you can mirror your smartphone – though C1 trim levels haven’t been announced yet so we don’t know if this is limited to higher specification models.

While the two cars may sound like pretty much the same vehicle, there are differences. The C1 gets a slightly bigger boot space than the 108 – the same 196 litres with the seats up, but 780 litres with the rear seats down. There’s also the distinctly Juke-esque and… challenging looking front end, compared to the more corporate fascia of the 108.

How much will it cost me?

It’s early days yet, so there’s no schedule for launch or price structure pending its appearance at the Geneva Motor Show next month. You’re most likely to be able to order one by the time summer’s in full swing and probably in the same 8,000-10,000 range as the 108 and existing C1 though.

Any alternatives?

The prime one is its sibling – if you love the sound of the C1 but can’t get on with that front end, the 108 is perfect for you – but it might be worth hanging fire on either until Toyota’s version is revealed. Elsewhere there’s the other platform-sharing siblings from Volkswagen, the VW up!, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo.

The sensible money would probably go on Hyundai’s new i10 while if you’re after a bit of true French flair in the class, there’s a new, rear-wheel drive Renault Twingo coming to a showroom near you soon.

In a line…

The same great recipe, but with a uniquely Citroen presentation.

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