Just days before the start of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, French manufacturer Citroen released the first images of the newest version of the C3, dubbed Red Block. Citroen meant for the Red Block to be a “rebel version of the city car.” It has been fitted with special features that make it different from its rivals.
Citroen has yet to reveal what is powering the C3; however, on Facebook, the C3 was shown to have lowered suspension, red 17 inch wheels, mat Thorium tint and 3D Bulldog carved dashboard.
It’s obvious that this special version is aimed at the young segment of the market as it has been given a makeover that gives it a distinct look compared to the regular production version of the model. So far, this is all that Citroen has revealed. Further details will be released through Citroen’s Facebook page.
In a separate matter, Citroen said that the pre-ordering program for the DS4 model has already started. Reservations can now be made online for the DS4, which is offered with a choice of two HDI diesels and three petrol engines. Prices start from EUR22,500. Only 500 units of the model will be produced.
Also unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is the production version of the Citroen C3 Red Block, whose concept form was unveiled in the 2011 edition of the event. It is now more menacing in terms of dynamics, performance and looks. Its suspension settings are now more dynamic.
In fact, it is now 50 percent stiffer with nearly 25% less roll. Moreover, the steering of the new Citroen C3 Red Block has been adapted to the new suspension settings to provide a more distinct road feel.
Citroen also lowered the car’s body height by 25mm and fitted ESP as standard – modifications that allow for better control. Customers could avail of the Citroen C3 Red Block in a variety of body color choices: Aluminum Grey, Banquise White, Manitoba Grey and Obsidian Black and Shark Blue. The first four body colors feature a gloss black bumper strip, while Shark Blue is paired with a bumper strip of the same color.
All models feature Obsidian black door mirrors and door handles. The new Citroen C3 Red Block is fitted with 17-inch diamond-effect wheels wrapped in 205/40 tires. On the other hand, the interior of the new C3 Red Block is fitted with a gloss black dashboard fascia and aluminum-finished pedals and front door surrounds.
Citroen made the steering wheel smaller (minus 20 mm in diameter) to boost the driving enjoyment. Customers may avail of the optional special red leather seat upholstery. They could also choose from any of the three available engines: VTi 120 petrol, e-HDi 90 diesel and e-HDi 100 diesel – all paired to manual transmissions.