Although not available in the country, the Citroen C-Elysée has been a much sought after model in China and selected countries; with more than 400,000 units sold. To commemorate its relative International success, Citroen has came up with the refreshed version of the C-Elysée.

Since its release in late 2012, and winning three consecutive WTCC Manufacturers’ titles, the C-Elysée has now been facelifted with a more contemporary styling and premium interior. The new exterior attributes consist of 3D rear lights, new hubcaps and 16”-inch alloy wheels, and two new body colors. Already known for its spacious, comfortable interior, the updated model now comes with Citroën Connect Radio and Citroën Connect Nav with 7” touchscreen technology.

The Citroen C-Elysée is a visually appealing and finely poised saloon, epitomizing the very best of the three-box body shape. The latest version has had a full makeover, with a new bumper that reflects the hallmark styling found on other Citroën sedans (saloons).

Citroen C Elysse front Citroen C Elysse rear

The new, broader radiator grille and chrome-plated chevrons blend seamlessly into the redesigned headlights, which are larger than on the previous model and come with two modern-looking chrome-plated spots. The unbroken lines between the radiator grilel and the headlights create an illusion of extra width, reinforced by the horizontal air inlet at the bottom of the bumper and the redesigned fog lights.

When viewed from the rear, the new C-Elysée boasts 3D-effect lights that chime with the Brand’s hallmark styling, making the car appear wider and adding a touch of elegance. The 16” wheels come with two new features – a two-tone “3D” hubcap and “San Diego” alloy rims with diamond-effect finish – that echo the new front-end styling, inject renewed energy into the model’s look and reinforce the contrast of the body shape. The updated C-Elysée is available in two new, more modern body colors– Lazuli Blue replaces Télès Blue, while Aluminium Grey gives way to Steel Grey.

Citroen C Elysse interior

Inside, the dashboard features a decorative strip on the passenger side that reflects the chosen trim. The interior materials are elegant, hardwearing and extremely easy to clean. The dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate the new 7” touchscreen interface, while the instrument cluster boasts bold, visually appealing dials that enhance the driver’s experience. Higher-end variants come with a new white-back panel between the two dials, showing driving information.

A host of technologies included for the facelifted C-Elysée comprise of a reversing camera and the very latest radio and navigation technologies, all connected to a 7” touchscreen interface. The radio and navi. interface consists of Citroën Connect Radio, Citroën Connect Nav, Traffic Pack, Alert Pack and Update Pack.

The new C-Elysée is available with a range of powerful and understated engines, with different options offered according to region. The PureTech 82 petrol engine comes with a manual, while the VTi 115 is available with a manual gearbox or the latest-generation six-speed EAT6 automatic gearbox. The model is also available with either the HDi 92 or the BlueHDi 100 diesel options.

The new C-Elysée is manufactured in Vigo, Spain, and will go on sale in the first quarter of 2017. The Chinese version, built in Wuhan, will also feature similar upgrades and is pegged for release in the next quarter.