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2021 Citroen C3 Aircross detailed: Bold facelift for Mazda CX-3, Toyota Yaris Cross, Volkswagen T-Cross, Ford Puma and Nissan Juke rival

The Citroen C3 Aircross has been facelifted.

Citroen has revealed the facelifted version of the first-generation C3 Aircross, with the light SUV getting a bold new look.

Much like the related third-generation C3 light hatchback, the C3 Aircross’ nip and tuck is inspired by the CXperience concept from the 2016 Paris motor show.

As such, the C3 Aircross features a new version of Citroen's double-chevron logo up front, the lower louvre of which falls away at its ends to link up with the reshaped LED daytime running lights.

The redesigned fascia is punctuated by a shorter but wider grille and a significantly taller lower air intake, both complete with vertical slats, while a tweaked silver skid plate rounds out the changes there.

Around the side, it’s more or less business as usual, with fresh sets of diamond-cut or black 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels fitted alongside new C-pillar graphics, which are simpler than their predecessors.

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Khaki Grey, Voltaic Blue and Polar White are fresh paintwork options, taking the total to seven, while Anodised Orange and Dark Blue are new contrasting exterior trim options, with four now available.

Inside, Advanced Comfort front seats have been introduced alongside a redesigned centre console, which features a large storage space at the rear, so that’s accessible from the first and second rows. It can be concealed with a sliding lid.

However, the biggest change is the fitment of a 9.0-inch touchscreen, which is a marked improvement over the previous 7.0-inch unit, bringing with it a sharper-looking multimedia system.

Citroen Australia is yet to confirm local timing for the facelifted C3 Aircross, only going as far to say it “is working closely with the factory” on the matter.

For reference, the pre-facelift version of the Mazda CX-3, Toyota Yaris Cross, Volkswagen T-Cross, Ford Puma and Nissan Juke rival is priced from $34,990 plus on-road costs in Australia.

Of note, the local C3 Aircross’ single front-wheel-drive Shine grade is powered by an 81kW/205Nm 1.2-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine with a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, a combination that is no longer offered in Europe.