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Citroen to C2 it

'Out with the old and in with the new look' is an attempt to make the Citroen C2 much more desirable.

The C2 is largely overlooked as smaller-car buyers desiring the chevron badge grab the C3 model instead.

The C2 sells only a fraction of the number of the C3 in Australia. After all, each starts at the same $19,990 price and it takes further study to discover the C2 is the better equipped of the two at this entry price. The C2 in the $19,990 VTR trim, for example, includes alloy wheels, climate-control airconditioning, fog lamps, sequential shift automatic transmission and leather-trim steering wheel, which the standard C3 does not.

The face-lifted C2 has been revealed in Europe, where nearly 500,000 have been sold in five years. It's picked by a new radiator grille and surround and new front bumper. At present the C2 is sold in Australia only with 1.6-litre petrol engines of 83kW and 90kW power, making them slightly higher tuned than the 80kW base C3. Any diesel engine for the C2 has not been confirmed for Australia but in Europe it offers a 1.6 diesel delivering fuel economy of 4.4 litres/100km.

The C2 shares the same platform as the C3 but is 18cm shorter at 3666mm, 6cm lower at 1461mm and on a 14cm tighter wheelbase at 2315mm.

It is designed for only two rear passengers but each gets an individual seat that slides forward and back depending on whether priority is for rear legroom or luggage space.

Citroen Australia says the updated C2 is due here early next year.

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