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2017 Citroën C3

2017 Citroën C3

Other manufacturers should take note of Citroën’s dedication to redesigning the C3

It’s been six years since Citroën debuted the second-generation C3 and three years since the car’s last facelift. Now, Citroën is kicking off the 2017 model year with a redesigned C3, and let me just say that it is a huge departure from the outgoing model. The front end has been completely redesigned; the side panels now include Airbump panels like we’ve seen previously on the C3 Cactus, and the new generation brings a new range of personalization options previously unavailable to the C3. Furthermore, there is some new technology to talk about, and Citroën has even gone so far as to add in the option of four different interior themes. In the power department, there is are three gasoline-powered engines and two diesel-powered mills to choose from, making this a versatile option in the world of compacts.

After seeing the spy shots, we really didn’t expect the C3 to change all that much but, upon first glance, the three-year wait from the last facelift is well worth it. Furthermore, this thing actually comes with its own built-in dashcam, which is something that you don’t generally find in a new car – at least not that I can recall anyway. The most interesting thing about this debut is that it was just earlier this month that we caught the C3 testing under heavy camo, and we certainly didn’t expect to see the sheet pulled off the car so soon. With that said, let’s quit wasting time and take a good look at what Citroën is bringing to the table with the all-new C3.

Updated 06/29/2016: Citroën dropped the official details on the new C3.

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2016 Citroen E-Elysee

2016 Citroen E-Elysee

All-electric power for the affordable C-Elysee sedan

Launched in 2013, the C-Elysee replaced the Elysee, a small family sedan produced for the Chinese market by the Dongfeng-Citroen joint venture. The second-gen model is strongly related to the Peugeot 301 and shares its PSA PF1 platform with the Citroen C3 and DS3. But, unlike its predecessor, the C-Elysee is also built outside China and sold in certain markets in Europe and North Africa. While the compact isn’t particularly popular in these markets, it enjoys significantly more success in China, where it was Citroen’s best-selling vehicle in 2015 with 90,000 units sold. As a result, the French are looking to build on the momentum and expand the C-Elysee range in the world’s largest market.

Previously available with gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines, the C-Elysee will soon go on sale with an all-electric drivetrain. The new powertrain will also bring a new name, with the electric sedan to be called the E-Elysee.

The upcoming sedan is part of Donfeng-Citroen’s ambitions to become a key player in the Chinese electric car market and joins the recently unveiled E-Mehari. But, unlike the four-seater cabriolet, the E-Elysee will offer enhanced practicality and a longer range.

Details about the E-Elysee are still scant as of his writing, but Citroen should unveil more data closer to the vehicle’s launch in 2017. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the sedan.

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2016 Citroen C6

2016 Citroen C6

Citroen revives the luxury C6 sedan for the Chinese market

Like most automakers nowadays, Citroen is looking to grab a big chunk of the Chinese automobile market, currently the world’s biggest. And, the French are planning to do so using the luxury DS brand and its cooperation with China-based company Dongfeng. The latest results of the Dongfeng-Citroen joint venture have been unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show and the C6 is one of them.

If the C6 moniker sounds familiar is because Citroen has used it in the past for a full-size executive car. Launched in 2005 as a replacement for the Citroen XM, the C6 was one of the most innovative vehicles of its time, featuring a head-up display, a lane departure warning system, xenon directional headlamps, Hydractive suspension with electronically controlled springing and damping, and a rear spoiler which automatically adjusted to speed and braking. Its design was also bold and unique with a tall, fastback-like glasshouse and a concave rear window.

Although the C6 didn’t catch on commercially — only 23,400 units were built until 2012 — it became an emblematic vehicle of the mid-2000s and is often regarded as Citroen’s last bold attempt in terms of production cars. The new C6 has nothing in common with its predecessor and according to Citroen it will only be sold in China as the company’s range-topping sedan. More on that and what it brings to the table in our full review below.

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2016 DS E-Tense Concept

2016 DS E-Tense Concept

France’s answer to the Audi R8 e-tron

Launched in 2009 as the premium division of Citroen, the DS brand became a standalone entity in 2014. The first separation took place in China, where the DS 5LS and DS 6WR were sold in distinct dealerships. With the facelift of the DS5 in 2015, the DS brand was also separated from Citroen in Europe. No longer sporting the Citroen badge, DS vehicles will soon become available in DS dealerships worldwide. Until then, DS is planning to launch more new models, one of which could be previewed by the E-Tense concept that was just confirmed for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

While previous DS-badged vehicles were based on Citroen models and platforms, the E-Tense was conceived from a clean sheet, employing a design that blends the cues of a grand tourer with those of a modern sports car. And, unlike other models from the current DS lineup, it uses an electric drivetrain that cranks out more than 400 horsepower.

DS didn’t say whether the E-Tense is slated to spawn a production version in the future, but it could be a signal that the French brand is looking to enter the sports car market as well. We should find out more about that at the Geneva Motor Show next week, so make sure you stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at DS’ most intriguing vehicle to date.

Updated 03/04/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official presentation at the 2016 Geneva

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2016 Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition

2016 Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition

Citroën has created a new C4 Cactus with a focus toward the surfer population

Fans of the Citroën C4 Cactus has something to be excited about when the doors open at the Geneva Auto Show. Citroën has created a special edition C4 Cactus, dubbed the Rip Curl, that brings some interesting design cues and new technology to the C4 line – some of which aren’t available on any other C4 model.

This new, special-edition model is built out of a collaboration between Citroën and the surfing brand, Rip Curl. The idea behind the special edition is to boost the outdoor spirit already offered by the C4 Cactus and take it to another level. As Citroën put it, “The C4 Cactus Rip Curl encourages drivers to hit the road anytime, anywhere” and is “ideal for lifestyles focused on leisure and well-being.”

The biggest highlight of the C4 Cactus Rip Curl is the new Grip Control system that was designed specifically for this model, and promises enhanced traction and drivability over most terrain. Surely this model will spawn a lot of interest for fans of the C4 Cactus when it official debuts in Geneva, so let’s take a closer look at the C4 Cactus Rip Curl and what makes it so special.

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2016 Citroen SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept

2016 Citroen SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept

Citroën has teamed up with the popular French pop group Hyphen Hyphen to create a go-anywhere version of its SpaceTourer van. Looking like a modern version of a 1970s American conversion van, the vehicle, known as the SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept, sports a high-energy vibe inside and out, matching the high-energy electronica music from Hyphen Hyphen.

“Citroën has always known how to innovate, to be a pioneer and to spot talent,” says Arnaud Belloni, Director of Marketing and Communication. “After meeting Hyphen Hyphen, the idea for a partnership came about naturally. This vibrant, offbeat group has a real graphic and musical signature. This may be a communication campaign, but one that comes straight from the heart! It’s also a way for us to pool our values of optimism, sharing and creativity.”

The SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept is based on the production version of the van, with three main differences. Citroën says they are a “supercharged design, an invigorating interior, and enhanced mobility.” Those three things, or rather themes, make this SpaceTourer something completely unique.

Citroën will officially unveil the SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Until then, keep reading for the preliminary details.

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Citroen Cactus M Concept

Citroen Cactus M Concept

Citroen first introduced the C4 Cactus as a concept vehicle two years ago at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, the Cactus has morphed into not only a production crossover, but a variety of separate prototypes as well, including the 2015 Aircross. It also gave the French automaker the 2015 World Car Design of the Year accolade at the New York International Auto Show back in April. Unsurprisingly, the platform has transformed once again, this time as homage to the Mehari light utility off-roader.

Between 1968 and 1988, Citroen produced 144,953 examples of the Mehari. Based on the stout 2CV, the Mehari served many different purposes, including military use in the French army. However, civilians also got to enjoy the Mehari’s rugged capability – not only was it lightweight enough to tackle rough terrain, its plastic body resisted corrosion, even in the grit and salt of repeated beach runs.

Drawing inspiration from the Mehari “and the seaside world associated with” it, the new Cactus M Concept hopes to prove the versatility of the C4 Cactus platform for future models in a variety of different bodystyles, exhibiting several fun ideas along the way.

Updated 09/21/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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2016 Citroen DS 4 Crossback

2016 Citroen DS 4 Crossback

Crossovers are already, as the name implies, a vehicle type that is wedged in between two other types of vehicles. But Citroen has taken it upon itself to further confuse the whole classification system with the Crossback, an even more car-like sort of crossover. The 2011 Citron DS4 is already a fashion statement for Citroen, essentially a 2015 Citroen C4 with a more daring look to it, and now it seems that Citroen has added the option of getting a slightly taller one. The Crossback doesn’t replace the DS4, even though they are very similar.

Citroen has a whole line of DS sub-models, with the DS4 being the mid-range model in the lineup. This is likely why it has gotten the new Crossback option; Citroen wouldn’t want you to overlook its middle child. The range takes its name from the wonderful original DS, one of the most iconic cars of all time, that was produced from 1955 to 1975. The DS was unlike anything else in the automotive world at the time, and an incredibly bold styling statement. This is Citroen’s way of making sure that you know these cars are special, hence the much higher prices on DS models.

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2014 Citroen DS3 Ines De La Fressange Paris Concept

2014 Citroen DS3 Ines De La Fressange Paris Concept

Citroen is serious about making a splash at the Paris Motor Show. After unveiling the Divine DS Concept on September 8, 2014, the French automaker followed that up by pulling the covers off of a pair of DS3 Concepts that highlight its collaborative powers with the high-class Parisian fashion scene.

Citroen’s DS Styling Centre recently collaborated with French fashion label Ines de La Fressange Paris to develop special-edition versions of the DS3 and DS3 Cabrio. The two concepts were designed with a clear objective in mind, enhance the DS3’s appeal as a model suited for the discerning French fashionista.

The concepts come loaded with unique styling and plenty of graphics, the kind you expect to see when a fashion label with the style de vie’ of Ines de La Fressange Paris gets involved.

The DS3 and the DS3 Cabrio were designed separately, each with its own distinctive flavor that emphasizes the personalization potential of the entire DS3 line.

The two concepts are set to make their debuts at the DS WORLD PARIS event this week before heading to the Paris Motor Show on October 4, 2014.

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2014 Citroen Divine DS

2014 Citroen Divine DS

It takes a special kind of gravitas to name a car ‘Divine’. That brings out a number of expectations that might not be met. But Citroen doesn’t seem to be unfazed about the kind of expectations its new Divine DS concept is going to have. On the contrary, the French automaker is actually putting a lot on the concept’s plate, essentially developing it as a preview of its future plans for the DS line.

The launch of the DS3 in 2010 proved to be a success for Citroen and gave the company a model that could compete with its rivals in Europe, so much so that it’s been touted as its own brand that has the potential to become more popular in the coming years.

If this is the road the Citroen DS is going to, then save some room for us in the bandwagon.

I, for one, am impressed at the design of the Divine DS. It’s got a sporty and aggressive character that can be used to build on the Citroen’s plans for the DS to be a stand-alone brand. The concept itself doesn’t wear any Citroen badges. It doesn’t even have the company’s logo. Instead, we see a prominent ‘DS’ emblem on the front grille, which is as good an indication as any on what the Divine DS really aims to accomplish.

There are currently no plans to build a production version of the Divine DS anytime soon. I’m not even going to get my hopes up that Citroen will actually build one.

Instead, I expect the company’s future DS line to carry the DNA of the Divine DS. If that does happen, then sign me up as a fan.

Updated 10/03/2014: The new Divine DS was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in all its glory making us wonder when Citroen models will end up looking like this. Check the images from the unveiling in the "Photos" tab.

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2014 Citroen DS 5LS R Concept

2014 Citroen DS 5LS R Concept

Late last year, Citroen unveiled the DS 5LS, a compact sedan specifically developed for the Chinese market. The four-door sports an attractive design, a high-quality interior and turbocharged 1.6-liter engines that deliver up to 200 horsepower. In short, the DS 5LS is among the coolest ten cars we can’t drive in the U.S.

And if that grinds your gears, then it’s time to find out that the French are planning to unveil an even hotter version of the sedan at the upcoming Beijing International Auto Show. It’s been christened DS 5LS R and packed with more power, a more luxurious interior, and wrapped in a sporty body that pays tribute to Citroen’s racing heritage.

No need to blow a fuse yet, the DS 5LS R is only a concept car, at least until the manufacturer says otherwise. However, we do feel the need to stress the fact that Citroen absence from the U.S. market is getting increasingly frustrating as their most impressive offerings are taking the road to China.

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2014 Citroen Technospace Concept

2014 Citroen Technospace Concept

Don’t get carried away with the cool Technospace Concept, as it is merely an insight on what to expect from the upcoming C4 Picasso MUV — one of the best-selling models for the French Automaker.

Slated to be shown off at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Technospace Concept looks production ready. Given the new radical design language that Citroen currently follows (Check out the Citroen DS5 for instance), expect the 2014 Picasso to retain minimal changes from the concept design.

If Citroen were to choose the above path, the 2014 Picasso will be 40 mm (1.57 inches) shorter in height than the outgoing model and 55 mm (2.16 inches) longer for extra cabin space. With these changes, the new Picasso will feature new proportions that delicately combine compactness and a large cabin space — a good aspect to impress customers looking for sheer practicality in a well-built package.

To befit the name, the car boasts several cool features to fascinate the children you will soon be ferrying such as a full-touch driving interface with a high-definition 12-inch panoramic screen.

The all-you-can-fit French van sits on Citroen’s new Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) that aims to make the car lighter and more stable. And with an eco-friendly lineup in the cards, expect emission to be at a record level of 98 g/km.

The production version of the Technospace concept, aka the 2014 C4 Picasso will see the light of day from the second half of 2013. We’ll update this review once details fly by.

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