The new Citroen C-Elysee has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 83.800 yuan and ends at 118.800 yuan. The current C-Elysee, based on the first generation Citroen ZX, will continue as a super-cheap budget car, likely to be called ‘C-Elysee Classic’. The current and new C-Elysee are made in China by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture.
Power will comes from a rather old 1.6 tuned up to 114hp, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. A 1.8 and a high-tech 1.2 turbo will be added to the line-up in 2014. The 1.2 turbo will become the top-spec engine with the 1.8 sitting in the middle.
The C-Elysee is basically the same car as the new Peugeot 301 which will be made in China by Dongfeng-PSA too, it will be launched in the first half of 2014. The C-Elysee and 301 will compete head-to-head with the Volkswagen Jetta, the Volkswagen Santana, the Skoda Rapid and the Guangzhou Auto GA3.
Flat bottomed steering wheel helps to keep those 114 fiery French horses under control.