Citroën has released the restyled C1 for the second time. On the market since 2005, the first facelift was launched in 2009 with minor upgrades. Now Citroën has given the supermini bolder looks, better equipment and more efficient engines.

Citroën has released the restyled C1 for the second time. On the market since 2005, the first facelift was launched in 2009 with minor upgrades. Now Citroën has given the supermini bolder looks, better equipment and a more efficient engine.

Stylistically, the C1's revisions remain confined to the front end but some some elements match those already seen on the DS3 and C4 Aircross models. The most noticeable change includes an entirely redesigned front bumper with integrated chevron badge, vertical LED daytime running lights and fog lamps. The headlights stay the same but the bonnet has been made shorter to compenasate for the increased surface area of the bumper fascia. Lastly, new 14-inch wheels are available.

Under the bonnet, CO2 emissions drop to 99g/km on the three-cylinder petrol engine developing 67 bhp (68 PS / 50 kW) making the C1 congestion charge exempt. Equipped with a manual gearbox, the new Citroën C1 1.0i boasts improved fuel economy of up to 65.7mpg (4.3l/100km) over a combined cycle. Also available is an Electronic Gearbox System complete with steering-mounted paddle controls. This EGS version delivers a combined 62.8 mpg (4.5l/100km) and emits 104g/km of CO2.

Interior chnages are limited to a leather steering wheel for EGS models, while manual gearbox versions get a new shift knob. Another new features is a CD audio system with Citroën's integrated Connecting Box (Bluetooth system with USB socket).

Making its world debut at the Brussels Motor Show next week on 10 January, the new C1 will be available in the UK from April 2012. Pricing will be announced prior to market launch.

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