Model will take a new of cues from the C4 Cactus and C4 Picasso.

The second-generation Citroen C3 has been on the market for nearly seven years so it comes as little surprise the company is working on a redesigned model.

Set to debut at the Paris Motor Show, the 2017 C3 is a radical departure from its predecessor as it adopts a bold design which is expected to be heavily influenced by the C4 Cactus and C4 Picasso.  Styling details are hard to make out but we can see the hatchback will have a prominent front fascia with large air intakes.  The model also has a rakish windscreen, a gently sloping roof, and a small tailgate-mounted spoiler.

Spy photographers couldn't get close enough to snap interior photos but the car is expected to have an upgraded cabin with higher quality materials.  Nothing is official but speculation suggests the C3 will have a digital instrument cluster and a new infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display.

Little else is known about the car but reports have indicated it will ride on the same platform that underpins the Peugeot 208.  This is a tad peculiar as the 208 was introduced nearly four years ago.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but we can expect a variety of familiar powerplants including a 1.2-liter three-cylinder with outputs of 82 horsepower and 110 hp.  On the diesel side, we can look forward to a 1.6-liter BlueHDi with outputs of 75 hp, 99 hp, and 120 hp.

Gallery: 2017 Citroen C3 spy photo

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