First pictures: Facelifted Citroen C3 Aircross
A new look and improved practicality and versatility mark out the new Citroen C3 Aircross, which gets a restyled and “more expressive” front end that features skid plates, new LED lights and a new grille.
On the inside, the C3 Aircross gets Citroen’s Advanced Comfort seats, as seen on the C4 Cactus and C5 Aircross models, and, depending on trim level, a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen.
The new model arrives in showrooms this June, with 110hp manual and 130hp auto petrol engines and 110hp manual and 120hp auto diesels.
“New Citroën C3 Aircross expresses modernity and originality with a true SUV attitude, featuring unmatched roominess and modularity, and technologies that make everyday life easier,” said Citoen chief executive Vincent Cobee. “We wanted to capitalise on these strong points, creating a more mature vehicle in the expression of its design and extra comfort on board. Its face has been updated radically with a more angular and assertive front-end, and the new seat construction reinforces the well-being experience inside the vehicle.”
Highways England faces manslaughter investigation over smart motorways
Highways England could be investigated in relation to possible manslaughter charges over a woman’s death on the M1, with South Yorkshire coroner Nicola Mundy highlighting the amount of time her broken down car went undetected.
The car had broken down near Woodall Services 16 minutes before it was hit by another vehicle, and it was a further six minutes before warning signs were activated.
The coroner found that nobody was responsible for monitoring cameras, and drivers weren’t aware that the onus is on them to report incidents.
According to reports, 38 people have been killed on smart motorways in the past five years, and the rollout of further smart motorways was put on hold early last year until a Government review has been completed.
VW adds new entry ID.3 electric vehicle
Volkswagen has announced the addition of an entry 145hp powertrain to its electric ID.3 hatchback, joining the existing 204hp Pro Performance version.
The new Pro model is offered in Life, Business and Family specifications and has the same 263-mile range as the more powerful model. It cost from £31,670 before the £3,000 Government grant, £1,320 cheaper than the same spec of 204hp Pro Performance model.
“Like many other Volkswagen models, the ID.3 range aims to offer plenty of choice for the customer – and that includes powertrain options,” said VW UK ID family product manager Joe Laurence. “And, of course, making ‘The Electric People’s Car’ accessible to an even wider band of the EV-buying public is a direct and welcome result of this.”