2012 Citroen C1 Facelift

Article by Anita Panait, on January 5, 2012

The 2012 Citroën C1 1.0i variant recorded a Co2 emission of 99g/km and a combined economy of 65.7mpg following final modifications to its 67bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine. The C1 1.0i, which is currently displayed at the Brussels motor show, is now exempt from the London Congestion Charge.Another 2012 C1 variant is fitted with an Electronic Gearbox System with paddle controls mounted at the steering for improved handling.

EGS version runs 62.8 mpg (combined) and releases 104g/km of CO2. The 2012 C1s sport a new look with new shorter bonnet and front bumper, designed to contain fog lights and LED daytime running lights. 

Top-of-the-range C1 dons a 14” alloys as standard, while mid-range variants and above sports a chrome grille strip. The car is also equipped with a CD audio system integrated with a Bluetooth system and USB socket.  The company also tweaked the car’s power steering settings and shock absorbers to improve its low-speed agility. The 2012 C1 is due to arrive in the U.K. in April 2012.

In terms of performance, the new Citroën C1 is truly versatile. While it has a number of amazing on-road qualities, these are complemented with new features like shock absorbers and a power steering setting in order to deliver added ride comfort and agility especially at low speeds. It will be equipped with various technological features aimed at ensuring safer driving in urban areas.

These include ESP, Isofix anchorage points, and ABS that has Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. It will come with an array of features known as “Créative Technologie”. Specifically for the driver and a first for the C1, the paddle controls for its Electronic Gearbox System have been mounted on the steering wheel. To ensure added comfort when travelling, its radio has a fascia that has the same style as that of its dashboard.

There is also a new time display. A CD audio system has been fitted inside and has a Connecting Box. With this, the audio system can read all types of formats for MP3. It even has a Bluetooth function and a jack and USB hook-ups which are found at the central console’s base. Still on the interior, while the steering wheel of its EGS models remains to be covered by leather, it has a new design.

Those having the manual gearbox will see that the gearstick has a new look. Most versions will come with the Orsai upholstery though the base models will have the Mistral Nokimat cloth. However there is now the option offering Leather/Alcantara in order to give it that touch of high-end quality.

If the interior is indeed attractive, the exterior has the same quality as the new Citroën C1 will be offered in a special color known as Botticelli blue. This color is part of the 2012 catalogue and was already offered for the DS3 and the C3.

Other colors being offered include Caldera black, Electra blue, Lipizzan white, and Scarlet red. There are even two grey tones made available which are Carlinite grey (a darker tone) and the lighter Gallium grey. Meanwhile the grille with have a chrome strip finish through this is only offered starting in the mid-range trim level.

Press Release

Citroen C1

The popular Citroën C1 has a sparkling new look and even greater buyer appeal for 2012. The brand's entry-level city car has already attracted over 620,000 customers worldwide, with more than 80,000 sold in the UK since its launch in 2005. Now, with new styling, enhanced levels of equipment and a more frugal engine, the New C1 sets an even higher benchmark in the segment.

New features include CO2 emissions from just 99g/km, LED daytime running lights, a CD audio system with Citroën's integrated Connecting Box (Bluetooth® system with USB socket) and an Electronic Gearbox System with steering-mounted paddles.

Making its world debut at the 2012 Brussels Motor Show on 10 January, the New Citroën C1 will be available in the UK from April 2012.


At just 3.44m long, the New C1 remains the most compactmodel in the Citroën range. Available in both 3-door and 5-door guise from launch, the New C1 appeals as one of the most economical and ecological city cars on the market, but it still has the ability to transport four adults in comfort and boasts a plethora of storage compartments in the dashboard, central console and door panels. Boot volume can also be adjusted thanks to folding rear seats and ranges from 139 litres to over 700 litres. The New C1's compact dimensions make it the ideal travelling companion, offering an agile and responsive ride, perfectly tailored for urban and city driving. A turning circle of just 9.63 metres makes the New Citroën C1 incredibly easy to manoeuvre in city traffic.

UP TO 65.7 MPG & 99 G/KM OF CO2

Agile and frugal, the New Citroën C1 is powered by a three-cylinder petrol engine developing 68hp. Equipped with a manual gearbox, the New Citroën C1 1.0i boasts improved fuel economy of up to 65.7mpg over a combined cycle. Emissions are also improved, to just 99g/km of CO2, making the New C1 congestion charge exempt. As well as being the first Citroën petrol model to emit less than 100g/km of CO2, the New C1 is also available with an Electronic Gearbox System complete with steering-mounted paddle controls for enhanced handling and driving pleasure. This EGS version delivers an impressive 62.8 mpg (combined) and emits only 104g/km of CO2.


The New Citroën C1 gains even more appeal and personality through its new front end and shorter bonnet.

The headlights keep their rounded shape, while the front bumper has been entirely redesigned to house fog lights and LED daytime running lights, which are still a rarity in the segment. The vertical design LED light signature - which is specific toCitroën and can also be seen on DS3 and C4 AIRCROSS - strengthens the character of the new model. At the rear, New C1 retains its innovative glass tailgate and features the brand's new chevrons and badging.

New C1 also gains new 'Notus' design 14" wheels and is available with 'Rift' 14" alloy wheels, as standard, on top of the range models.


The playful New Citroën C1 comes in a special launch colour that already adorns the C3 and DS3: Botticelli blue, a fresh-looking body colour included in the 2012 catalogue. The range of body colours also includes Scarlet red, Electra blue, Lipizzan white, Caldera black and two grey tones - one light, Gallium grey, and one dark, Carlinite grey.Citroën has also finished the grille with a chrome strip available from the mid-range trim level. The New Citroën C1 is as attractive inside as it is from the exterior. The leather steering wheel for EGS models has been redesigned, while manual gearbox versions get a new-look gearstick. Most models are available with stylish new 'Orsai' upholstery and entry-level models come with Mistral 'Nokimat' cloth. A Leather/Alcantara® option is now available, adding a high-end touch to the New C1 interior.


The New Citroën C1 comes with a range of 'Créative Technologie' features. Technological treats, just for the driver, include steering-mounted paddle controls for the Electronic Gearbox System - a first for the C1. For even greater travelling comfort, the radio offering has been enhanced by a new facia matching the styling of the dashboard. Featuring a time display, the all-new CD audio system comes with a Connecting Box (optional from the second trim level and standard on top of the range models), which is able to read all MP3 formats and is equipped with a Bluetooth® function. It is accompanied by USB and jack hook-ups at the base of the central console.


The New Citroën C1 is a versatile performer. Complementing its existing on-road abilities, the model features new power steering settings and shock absorbers for more agility and ride comfort at low speeds. The new model will be available with a range of technologies for safer urban driving, including ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Isofix anchorage points and ESP.


The New Citroën C1 will make its official debut at the 2012 Brussels Motor Show.

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