Citroen releases photos of C3 Red Block, opens order book for DS4

Article by Christian A., on February 27, 2011

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.

Press Release

Citroen At The 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Citroën is showcasing its bold creativity at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with a range of stylish and innovative new models. The New Citroën C4 Aircross makes its world debut and will be shown alongside the newly restyled C1 and Berlingo Multispace. A production version of the C3 Red Block, which made its debut in concept form at Geneva in 2011, will also be on display.

Visitors to the Citroën show stand will be able to view the complete DS line, along with a new DS4 Racing concept and new special editions - DS4 and DS5 Paris Rendez-Vous and DS3 Racing S. Loeb.

Committed to improving the ecological performance of its vehicles, Citroën will also highlight the reduced average CO2 emissions of its range - by 5g/km in a year - thanks to the use of e-HDi micro-hybrid, full electric and full hybrid diesel technology, amongst other innovations.

The Geneva Motor Show starts with press days on 6 and 7 March. Citroën's stand is located in Hall 6 where the following representatives will be available for interview:

Citroën is proud to display all three models in the DS line at the 2012 Geneva show, with New DS5 taking centre stage. The DS line instantly stands out from the crowd, offering bold and creative design, premium quality and innovative technologies.

In just two years, DS3 has sold over 140,000 units worldwide. DS4 has attracted nearly 30,000 orders since its launch in 2011. And DS5, an outstanding model with sophisticated, original styling and intelligent design, sold nearly 4,000 units in France in just two months following its launch at the end of last year.

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Citroën is showcasing the most luxurious and prestigious versions in the DS line, boasting even more premium materials and unprecedented manufacturing processes for the automotive sector. A corner of the Citroën stand will also be dedicated to the fine craftsmanship of the DS line's upholsterers.

As with DS3 Racing, Citroën Racing's engineers have taken their multi WRC winning expertise and put their unique stamp on Citroën DS4 to create this hot blooded new concept.

Making its debut at Geneva, the DS4 Racing concept features new carbon fibre components including an air diffuser, front splitter and wheel arch extensions. The 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, developed by Citroën Racing, provides up to 256bhp (160bhp per litre), which is a record for a Citroën series production car. This spectacular performance is accompanied by CO2 emissions of just 155g/km.

Citroën Racing's engineers have modified the chassis and running gear with the utmost precision. The chassis has been lowered by 35mm and the track widened by 55mm at the front and 75mm at the rear. The braking system boasts fixed four-piston callipers at the front together with special 380mm diameter discs. The concept is also fitted with larger diameter 19-inch wheels and 235/40 tyres.

Another stand out feature of the DS4 Racing concept is the textured-effect matt grey paint, which catches the light to further enhance the lines of the car. The colour is stylish and modern, ideal for a sports car. Further exterior refinements include a two-tone roof and two-tone wheels with a special DS4 Racing design.

DS3 Ultra Prestige is a confident foray into the world of luxury, combining sophisticated style, premium specification and all the distinctive personality of the DS line. Recently launched in the UK and powered by a punchy THP 155 petrol engine or a fuel and CO2 efficient e-HDi 110 diesel with Stop & Start, prices start from £20,700.

Citroën is introducing two sophisticated new Paris Rendez-Vous limited edition versions of DS4 and DS5. The models feature pearlescent white paint, chrome-finished door mirrors, chrome trim and black diamond-effect 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the club leather interior is finished with the DS line's signature ‘watchstrap' design in a warm brown colour with striking blue overstitching. The leather upholstery is of a quality generally reserved for made to measure products. The club leather finish on the dashboard of the DS4 Paris Rendez-Vous is available in the same brown colour to match the seat upholstery.

Another Geneva debut, Citroën is launching DS3 Racing S. Loeb, a signed and numbered series of just 200 examples based on DS3 Racing. The model is fitted with Citroën's MyWay navigation system and features a distinctive use of colours and materials. The body is cloaked in a unique matt black colour with a textured effect. Citroën is the first manufacturer to launch a car with this type of paint. The special finish is not only robust, but also highlights the lines of the car. The roof, door mirrors, grille, dashboard fascia and gearstick base all feature a contrasting shade of red. The new model also features special decals and, as an exclusive limited series, sports a numbered identification plate on the roof lining.

DS5 is the first Citroën with a full hybrid drivetrain, combining an HDi diesel engine with electric power. Hybrid4 technology successfully blends performance - up to 200bhp, four wheel drive, zero emissions for urban use and an acceleration boost function in the ‘Sport' setting - with low CO2 emissions from just 99 g/km. The Citroën DS5 Hybrid4 is a major technological advance, with savings of up to 35% during urban driving.


Making its world premiere at the Geneva show 2012, the New Citroën C4 Aircross is a fresh take on the compact SUV, bringing together contemporary styling and technological innovation. Ideally suited to motorists who like a touch of adventure in their day to day activities, C4 Aircross offers the following features:

strong & elegant styling, which clearly draws on Citroën's design DNA
a flexible transmission system with three manually selected settings; 2WD, 4WD & LOCK
just 119g/km of CO2 with the HDi 115 version in two-wheel drive form - the best in its segment
compact exterior dimensions (4.34m long), combined with a spacious interior & a 442-litre boot
all the driving pleasure & serene comfort of a traditional Citroën hatchback
a raised driving position with a panoramic glass roof
a wide range of equipment, including NaviDrive satnav with touch screen & reversing camera, hands-free access & ignition, a Rockford Hi-Fi system & an integrated server for storing music.

On display at Geneva is an exclusive version of C4 Aircross with all-new Vapor Gray frosted-texture paint. The roof bars, door mirrors and door handles are all chrome-finished to match the new colour, while the two-tone diamond-effect wheel rims sport the same Vapor Gray tone as the interior.

Having attracted more than 620,000 customers worldwide since its launch in June 2005, Citroën's compact, economical and ecological C1 city car has been refreshed for 2012. New C1 offers 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.

Citroën is also displaying the production version of C3 Red Block, which debuted in concept form at Geneva in 2011. The model features enhanced dynamics and a more muscular look to reflect its extra performance.

The C3 Red Block comes with more dynamic suspension settings - roughly 50% more stiffness and nearly 25% less roll - with the steering adapted to the new suspension settings for a more defined road feel. The body height has been lowered 25mm and ESP has been fitted as standard for even more verve and control. C3 Red Block is available with three engines, VTi 120 petrol, e-HDi 90 diesel and e-HDi 100 diesel, mated to manual gearboxes.

Outside, the Shark Blue body paint is combined with a bumper strip in the same colour. The other body colours - Banquise White, Aluminium Grey, Manitoba Grey and Obsidian Black - come with a gloss black bumper strip. The door mirrors and door handles are finished in Obsidian black. The 17-inch diamond-effect wheels are fitted with 205/40 tyres.

Inside, C3 Red Block features a gloss black dashboard fascia, while the pedals and front door surrounds are finished in aluminium. The diameter of the steering wheel has been reduced by 20mm to further enhance driving pleasure with a tighter feel. Special red leather seat upholstery is available as an option.

Having sold more than 1.4 million examples worldwide since its launch in 1996, the Berlingo Multispace continues to be one of the leaders for practicality in the family car segment.

Updated for 2012, the new Berlingo Multispace features new styling including a wider, more defined grille, a new chevron badge and a new headlight arrangement. The indicators, for example, are now to the side of the main light units and are underlined by blue segments for an even stronger personality. The lower part of the grille can be fitted with static cornering lights integrated with the fog lights and LEDs provide an eye-catching daytime lighting signature.

A ‘Black Pack' is introduced, with customised Onyx Black trim on the top of the front bumper, side mirrors, side rubbing strips and rear number plate moulding. Inside the cabin, colours and materials have been revised on all levels of trim for a more contemporary feel. New Berlingo Multispace is also available with two new body colours, Nocciola and Belle Ile Blue.

One of the most robust, practical and spacious models in its segment, Berlingo Multispace can be specified with up to seven independent seats. The model's generous interior dimensions can be fitted with the Modutop®, a Citroën design inspired by the world of aviation, which combines a glazed roof with multiple stowage compartments, a dual access boot, individually controlled ventilation and additional lighting for passengers in the rear. The Modutop® integrated boot is easily accessible, with a rear window that can be opened from the outside for easy loading.

The new Berlingo Multispace is available with a range of efficient engines and gearbox options, including Citroën's e-HDi micro-hybrid powertrain with Stop & Start and a six-speed automated manual gearbox - e-HDi 90 Airdream EGS6 versions deliver CO2 emissions of just 125g/km.

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