The C2 follows in the tyre tracks of the Saxo, with ample 'Max Power' appeal – a 1.6-litre 110bhp VTR version and wheel arches with room for 16-inch alloys. But there are also practical touches such as a split tailgate.
Unlike the Saxo, the C2 is available with air conditioning, parking sensors, multi-adjustable steering wheel, trip computer, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and an overspeed warning.
As well as a 1.6-litre engine, the C2 will also be offered with 1.1-litre and 1.4-litre petrol engines and a 1.4HDi common rail diesel and the SensoDrive paddle-shift transmission.
The three-door C2 will join the five-door C3 and convertible C3 Pluriel in Citroen's small car line-up.
Citroen UK managing director Alain Favey said: 'With its dynamic yet mischievous looks, the C2 is set to make a great new addition to our supermini range and will help us build further on Citroen's rapidly-growing UK popularity.'