Citroen has revealed it is set to become the first manufacturer in the supermini sector to introduce a manual gearbox with "Formula 1 style" paddle change gearshift, with its advanced ‘SensoDrive’ gearbox, which will be fitted in the stylish new C3.
The new ‘SensoDrive’ gearbox makes driving even easier thanks to its clutchless gearchange that can be conveniently operated via steering wheel-mounted paddles, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel at all times for improved safety and comfort. Additionally, drivers can still change gear via a gear lever or select a completely automated operation.
To change gear manually, the driver simply flicks the paddles to change up or down, or taps the gearlever forward or backwards. Neutral and reverse can also be selected using the gearlever. To let the car do all the gear changing automatically, a button at the base of the gearlever can be pressed, allowing the driver to benefit from an even more relaxed and undemanding drive.
Due to come to the UK later this year in Citroen’s 110hp C3 1.6i 16V, the ‘SensoDrive’ gearbox promises even lower fuel consumption and CO2 figures than the current version.Published 1 July 2002