First details of the eagerly awaited Citroen C2 reveal a 3 door supermini with distinctively wicked style, strong road presence, innovative practicality, exceptional equipment and, of course, sporty appeal for the VTR version. It will go on sale towards the end of the year.
Unlike anything else around, the C2 promises to be the ‘wild child’ of the supermini sector with its purposeful bonnet, squared off headlamps and large wheel arches – providing room enough for 16" wheels. In short, the Citroen C2 looks every inch the ‘pocket rocket’, with its dynamic stance and minimal overhangs promising to make it agile and surefooted around town or on the open road.
Ensuring that its interior is as dynamic as its exterior, the four seat Citroen C2 boasts a range of bright, modern design schemes, including orange, blue and green, for the colour-coded trim and matching coloured translucent gear lever knob and armrests.
Clever stuff too from Citroen sees the introduction of sliding and folding rear seats, for unprecedented versatility. As well as providing more elbowroom than most superminis, this ingenious configuration also provides excellent legroom or good bootspace and ample room for three occupants plus plenty of luggage space.
Innovation even continues in the boot of the car, where the designers have introduced a split tailgate – ideal for tight town situations - with a glass that hinges like a hatchback and a drop-down lower tailgate with its own storage compartment.
The car may be compact but the equipment list is not. Everything from automatic air conditioning, electronic parking assistance, remote stereo controls, multi-adjustable steering wheel and an onboard computer through to light sensitive headlamps, rain sensitive windscreen wipers and overspeed warning are all available.
And the C2 is brimming with safety equipment including ABS with EBD and EBA, automatic hazard warning lights, ESP and traction control. In the event of an impact, reinforcing bars in the doors, a retracting steering column and up to six airbags help to reduce the risk of injury.
Behind the wheel, drivers will benefit from the variable power assisted steering which, combined with an exceptionally good turning circle, promises to make the car fun to drive and ideal for the nip and tuck of the urban jungle.
Under the bonnet, C2 will offer up to 110HP, for the 1.6 VTR model – up from the 90HP of the Saxo VTR at its launch – which, together with the "wheel at each corner" stance, promises to make the C2 VTR great fun to drive. Citroen’s highly acclaimed 1.4 Hdi diesel engine and 1.1 and 1.4 petrol engines, as well as the Company’s rally style SensoDrive paddle-shift gearbox, complete the powerplant line-up.
The three door Citroen C2 will join the five door C3 and the soon-to-be-launched C3 Pluriel convertible supermini, to give Citroen three very different small cars set to appeal to very different customer requirements.
Managing Director for Citroen UK Ltd, Alain Favey, said: "With its dynamic, yet mischievous looks, the C2 is set to make a great new addition to our supermini range and will help us build still further on Citroen’s rapidly growing popularity in the UK."Published 8 May 2003