The C1 again shares its platform with the new Aygo and Peugeot 108 however the C1 will be the only version of the little machine to make it to SA showrooms.
At launch there will be two five-door derivatives available: the C1 Feel and the C1 Feel Airscape with a retractable roof. There will be a third, entry-level model with a 1 litre engine added in 2015.
The new model is 3.47m long 1.62m wide and 1.46m high making it a compact machine. It should prove manoeuvrable too, with a 10-metre turning circle. While practicality is decent with space for four inside along with a 196 litre boot.
The top-of-the-range Airscape model comes with a reversing camera and 7-inch touch screen with mirror screen while all models come with Hill Start Assist, tyre pressure monitor and ESC.
There are also 15-inch alloy wheels as standard on the Airscape while the Feel model gets 15-inch wheel covers. There is also a four-speaker digital radio/MP3 audio system with a USB socket and steering mounted controls.
Under the hood
Powering the two models is a 1.2 litre three-cylinder with 61kW/116Nm on tap which is mated to a five-speed gearbox. This translates to fuel economy of 4.3 litres/100 km with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. The low kerb weight of 940kg should ensure peppy performance with figures that include a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 11.0 seconds and a top speed of 170 km/h.
The C1 comes with ABS, EBA, ESC, six airbags, pre-tensioning seatbelts and Isofix mounting points come as standard.
Warranty and servicing
The C1 ranges comes with a three-year/100 000km warranty while a service plan is an optional extra which we were hoping would be standard considering the vehicles price tag.
The current entry level C1 Feel will retail for R168 990 while its soft top sibling the C1 Feel Airscape goes for R194 900. The entry level unit due next year will go on sale at R139 990.