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By Ketan Patel


Citroen C-Elysee 2013 Review

Citroen recently revealed its plans of expanding its range of midsized sedans with the announcement of a brand new model that not unlike the freshly revealed Citroen C4 L 2013, is built on the Peugeot 301 platform. The new upcoming model bears the name of C-Elysee and aims to be an affordable saloon destined to meet the expectations of international markets.

The C-Elysee will offer a choice of three engines including two petrol units and a turbodiesel. The first petrol unit will be a VTi 72 1.2 liter able to deliver 72 horsepower and 110 Nm (81 lb-ft) of torque from 3000 RPM. It boasts a fuel efficiency of 5 l/100 KM and 115 g of CO2 per KM. The VTi 72 unit can be mated with either a five-speed manual or an automatic transmission.

The second petrol engine is a VTi 115 1.6 liter unit developing 115 horsepower and much as the smaller 1.2 liter unit, the VTi 115 will be coupled with either a five-speed manual or an automatic gearbox.

Last but not least you'll have the option of picking up the 1.6 liter HDi 92 diesel engine able to deliver 92 horsepower and a fuel efficiency of 4.1 liters per 100 KM, with only 108 g of CO2 emissions per KM.

The C-Elysee 2013 aims to be a pleasurable car to drive with plenty of space and, high level of safety and good handling on any road condition. That being said, depending on the country the midsized sedan will come with optional extras such as ABS, ESP and up to four airbags.

Unfortunately the French manufacturer has not revealed any pictures with the car's interior but we expect it to be quite similar to that of the Peugeot 301. In terms of space the rear passengers will benefit from a "knee room" of 120 mm and as far as the cargo space goes, the boot allegedly offers 506 liters of storage. On the exterior the Citroen will please the eye with some chrome detailing included in some of the trim levels and a choice between seven body colors.

The Citroen C-Elysee 2013 will be built in Vigo Spain and will make its debut on the automotive market later this year when it will get to compete against the Skoda Rapid 2012 and even perhaps the upcoming Seat Toledo.

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