Already acclaimed as a new standard bearer in the Multi-Purpose Vehicle sector, the highly versatile and spacious Citroen C8 will offer levels of technology, refinement and comfort usually reserved for executive cars when it comes to the UK in early 2003.
The all-new C8 introduces innovative design features and creative styling touches to produce a distinctive look far removed from that of the Synergie which it replaces. And with around two thirds of the main body parts unique to the C8, it is also significantly different to its Peugeot and Fiat stablemates.
The Citroen C8’s flowing profile rises across the bonnet and over the vast panoramic windscreen before sweeping along the high roofline to the wide tailgate, flanked by tall, stylish tail lamps. Side indicators are neatly integrated into the door mirrors and robust, chrome effect styling touches such as the two-in-one door handles and chunky tailgate handle complete the look.
Original and attractive, the dashboard makes an executive style statement of its own. Three fluorescent-style driver dials are centrally positioned between the sweeping two tier dash contours that run the full width of the windscreen. Freeing up additional floor space, the gearlever is neatly located in the centre console, alongside the stereo, modular air conditioning controls and some of the sixty storage areas offered throughout the vehicle.
Not only is it one of the most spacious vehicles in its class, with a maximum load volume of 2,948 litres when the rear seats are removed, but the Citroen C8 also allows passengers easy access into and through the cabin thanks to the flat floor, high roof and unobtrusive positioning of the handbrake and dashboard-mounted gear lever.
The C8’s real party trick sees the availability of twin electric sliding side doors that can be operated manually or by remote control, and a new flexible seating configuration that offers up to eight comfortable seats. Thanks to this patented Quickfix instant anchoring system each of the rear seats can be easily removed, or slid on rails, whilst the two front seats can be swivelled to face the rear for business or recreational use.
Making the C8 easy to live with, Citroen’s digital multiplex technology brings a host of benefits to the occupants. Light sensitive headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers, and a low tyre pressure warning leave the driver free to concentrate on the road ahead, while other features available include ‘guide-me-home’ headlamps, rear parking sensors and remote control operation of the sliding doors, as well as the three electrically operated sunroofs, windows and retractable door mirrors.
The C8 range in the UK will be powered by a choice of four engines, offering up to 122 mph or almost 50 mpg in out-of-town driving. Buyers opting for a petrol engine can choose between the 138hp 2.0i 16V or, for the first time in a Citroen, a 160hp 2.2i 16V unit. Diesel fans can enjoy either a 109hp 2.0 16V HDi engine or the more powerful 130hp 2.2 16V HDi option, with both versions fitted with the Company’s award-winning Particulate Filter that virtually eliminates all particulate emissions.
The Citroen C8 sets new benchmarks for active and passive safety standards in the MPV sector, with the introduction of two full-length side window airbags, offering unprecedented protection to the occupants of all three rows. As well as ABS, EBD and ESP, passengers can benefit from EBA, hazard warning lights that operate automatically on heavy braking and a low tyre pressure warning.
In addition, further helping to keep all occupants safe, the Citroen C8 is fitted with 3-point seatbelts all round, with pyrotechnic pretensioners and force limiters fitted to the front two seats as well as the external seats in row two. All C8 models also boast a reinforced structure with built-in crumple zones, high yield strength cross-beams and a ring of steel rollover protection system.Published 4 October 2002