Perfectly timed for the coming of spring, Citroen is launching the UK’s first diesel-powered convertible supermini. With the introduction of a 70hp 1.4HDi common rail diesel engine, the loveable C3 Pluriel now combines all the fun of open top motoring with frugal diesel economy.
Certain to please supermini owners who want to keep their motoring costs to a minimum, the plucky little diesel is capable of some 63mpg on the combined cycle and a whopping 71mpg in out of town driving. Employing the latest common rail diesel technology, and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, the new powerplant keeps CO2 emissions down to just 120g/km, while the maximum 110Ib.ft of torque is available at just 1750rpm.
A real car for all seasons, the C3 Pluriel provides all the year-round advantages of a supermini while adding instant open top motoring at the twist of a dial in addition to the unique ability to transform into a convertible or pick-up.
The C3 Pluriel is also a supermini for all reasons, with a roomy interior that provides lots of head, leg and elbowroom for those in the front, as well as two proper seats in the rear. With more boot space than most 3-door small cars, the 266 litres offered by the C3 Pluriel is almost double that of the Mini, and more than rivals such as the Fiesta and Corsa. And when loading heavy items pick-up style, the handy tailgate drops down to support weights of up to 100kg.
The C3 Pluriel 1.4HDi model’s high levels of standard equipment include variable power assisted steering, remote control central locking with deadlocks, foglamps, electric windows in the front and rear, fully adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel as well as a trip computer and an RDS stereo radio/CD player.
The C3 Pluriel has been named Europe’s safest supermini in the highly influential Euro NCAP crash tests, not altogether surprising considering that it incorporates roof arches reinforced with thick aluminium tubes, strengthened windscreen pillars, an extensively stiffened body shell and reinforced rear seats and head restraints with integral rollover bars. Buyers also get four airbags as well as ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Braking Assistance (EBA) as standard.
Offering great value for money, the new diesel model is available for £11,295, including Citroen’s current spring cashback deal, and joins the 1.4i and 1.6i 16V 110hp SensoDrive petrol versions to complete the C3 Pluriel range.Published 4 April 2004