New Citroen C8 Facelift Revealed  

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Restyled inside and out

One of the options for the Citroen C-reveal from last Wednesday, which turned out to be the Citroen Berlingo, was the new facelifted C8 MPV. Two days after the hyped-up Berlingo reveal comes the quiet C8 facelift revealing.

The restyled Citroen C8 is ready for dealerships by early 2008 and will feature new styling and the new Hdi diesel engine (also found in the C5 and C6) producing 173 bhp (125 kW) and 273 lb/ft of torque at 1,500 rpm with DPFS (particulate filter) and will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Later in 2008 some countries will also have the option of a six-speed automatic transmission.

The styling features new and enlarged chevron motifs in the center of tauter radiator grille lines, small chrome bars, more pronounced grille rim, chrome door handles, painted body protectors and translucent reversing light. Inside more chrome finished on the door handles, gear lever and air vent cursors while the door wood trims, steering wheel, carpet, mats and upper dashboard arch are now painted black contrasted with softer colours on the stowage compartments and air vent thumbwheels.

The C8 has a 2.82 meter wheelbase and can hold from 225 litres to 2,948 litres of cargo, or hold up to 8 people in three rows. Please read the attached press release for further details.

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Press Release

Building on the commercial success of its compact MPV range, recently bolstered by the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso, Citroën is continuing to develop models with spacious interiors by combining elegance and driving pleasure in its top-end C8 MPV.

Depending on the country, from the start of 2008 the C8 will be restyled inside and out, making its decidedly modern lines even more dynamic and enhancing the luxury of the cabin.

At the same time the C8 range will be extended, in some countries, with a new HDi diesel engine developing 173 bhp DIN (125 kW or 170 bhp EC), complete with a particulate filter (DPFS) and mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. In the course of 2008, the engine will also be available in some countries with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The new engine completes a range comprising a 2-litre 143 bhp 16V petrol injection engine available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox, and two diesel engines, the HDi 120 and the HDI 138 DPFS, both with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Already available on the C5 and C6, the HDi 173 DPFS is the flagship of Citroën’s range of 4-cylinder HDi engines. A number of innovative features (double parallel sequential turbo and new combustion and injection systems) provide outstanding driving pleasure by offering maximum torque of 273 lb/ft at a low 1,500 rpm. To complete the upgrade, Citroën has made changes to the running gear and brakes.

Finally, in addition to the new engine launch, new comfort equipment and driving aids have been added to the already richly equipped C8 range.

Singular silhouette and roomy interior

Updated, prestige styling

With its powerful and dynamic styling, the C8 stands out at first glance. The MPV features style changes that strengthen its top-range positioning and consolidate Citroën’s position in the large MPV segment.

The C8 front end features new, enlarged chevron motifs in the centre of tauter radiator grill lines, featuring small chrome bars stressing the vehicle's statue-like elegance. The grille rim, with its more pronounced lines, provides the perfect junction with the bonnet and the headlights, taking perceived quality to new heights.

The top-range appearance of the MPV is also reflected in new chrome door handles and painted body protectors with a chrome strip at front and rear. As though echoing the front end, the rear chevrons are more imposing than before, clearly denoting that the MPV forms an integral part of the Citroën range. Finally, the reversing lights are translucent.

A new interior that says "top of the range"

The restyling of the C8 cockpit is in keeping with the exterior style changes. They stress the MPV's top-of-the-range position and ensure a refined onboard atmosphere.

All the door wood trims, the steering wheel, the carpet, the mats and the upper dashboard arch are now black. The main contact parts (stowage compartments in front doors, glove box handle, air vent thumbwheels…) have been treated in soft paint for a more pleasant feel. Lastly, the top-range positioning of the C8 cabin is underlined by the use of a brilliant chrome finish on the door handles, gear lever and air vent cursors.

Roomy and versatile interior

All the changes made inside the C8 stress the space and comfort on board. With a 2.82 m wheelbase, the C8 meets the requirements of top-range MPV clients who want a truly spacious interior.

The design of the seats is a perfect illustration of the model's versatility and stresses that all passengers are treated equally in terms of individualised comfort. The C8 can seat up to eight people on three rows of identical seats. Furthermore, the highly modular approach to seating means the luggage compartment can vary in size from 225 litres to 2,948 litres depending on the needs of the moment. This large volume, the width of at least 1,153 mm between the wheel arches, and the interior height are extremely practical.

Lastly, the cabin is particularly welcoming thanks to the electric sliding side doors which ensure easy boarding in all circumstances, even if the MPV is parked close to a wall or between two other vehicles.

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