The French brand's most affordable model goes on sale in Q1 of 2017.

Citroen’s budget international sedan, the C-Elysee, has received a makeover nearly four years after it was first launched on the market. The car retains its overall shape, but gains a refreshed face with a reshaped bumper featuring more chrome details and LED daytime running lights, a tweaked radiator grille, and new headlights. At the back, we only noticed new 3D graphics for the taillights.

The model also receives new 16-inch alloys with two-tone 3D hubcap, and two new exterior colors - Lazuli Blue replaces Teles Blue, while Aluminum Grey gives way to Steel Grey.

Inside, the atmosphere hasn’t changed that much compared to the pre-facelift version, but now the materials are a bit more elegant like the new decorative strip on the passenger side that reflects the chosen trim. But what’s more important, there’s a new seven-inch color display, which delivers “a faster, more responsive driver experience” of the infotainment system.

2017 Citroen C-Elysee
2017 Citroen C-Elysee
2017 Citroen C-Elysee

Just like before, the interior is spacious and offers room for five passengers and 17.6 cubic foot (506 liters) of boot space. “Robust and elegant,” the cabin makes the car “an extremely comfortable tourer on any surface,” despite its compact appearance.

The range of engines hasn’t been renewed and the model will be available with a rich portfolio of diesel and petrol motors. Depending on the market, there’s a 82-horsepower (61 kilowatts) petrol unit with a manual gearbox, while the beefier 115 hp (86 kW) version can be paired with a six-speed automatic. On the diesel side, the 1.6-liter motor is available with 92 hp (69 kW) or 100 hp (74 kW).

2017 Citroen C-Elysee
2017 Citroen C-Elysee
2017 Citroen C-Elysee

The C-Elysee will continue to be assembled in Vigo, Spain, where cars are shipped worldwide, expect China. The Chinese version will be built in Wuhan and will get the same range of improvements. Sales of both versions star in the first quarter of next year.

Source: Citroen

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