MPV EV Concept
Estimated Price : ₹ 17 Lakh - ₹ 23 Lakh
Expected Launch : December 2023
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A new beginning for all the hatchback lovers in the country. The entry of the French automobile manufacturer has made some heads turn in the Indian market. This will be Citroen's first automobile made in India and South America, and it will replace the current generation Citroen C3 crossover in those markets. Since the Citroen C5 Aircross, which was released earlier this year, has received a lot of attention, let's have a look at what the Citroen C3 has to offer. The C3 is not a crossover, despite its crossover cues. Citroen CEO Vincent Cobee described the car as a "hatchback with a twist" in a statement. Shortly after the C3, Citroen plans to launch a more upright compact SUV in India. The 3.98 m tall C3 has its attraction as a cross-hatchback because of its high suspension, high hood, and raised driving position. Citroen's design is quirky and chic, as is typical of the brand. On the front fascia, two split-LED headlights are connected by Citroen's characteristic double-slat grille. The C3's SUV look is further enhanced by its black cladding all around. Orange details can also be found on the front bumper, side cladding, roof rails, and dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels. On the back of the C3, there are rectangular tail lamps on each end of the tailgate, as well as a dual-tone bumper. Customers will be able to customise the dual-tone colour selections on the C3. The C3 appears to be a scaled-down version of the C5 Aircross, which is already on the Indian market. On the one hand, photos show a massive three-spoke steering wheel and a digital instrument cluster, yet the mirrors can be adjusted internally, the air conditioning is controlled manually, and the front seat has integrated headrests. The automobile provides "market-leading comfort and space," according to Citroen's press release. The vehicle's actual dimensions have yet to be revealed. The rear seat bench has big (although fixed) headrests, indicating that it was built for two people. There is no centre armrest in the back of the car, and the rear window controls are visible on the centre console between the front seats. The Citroen C3 is built on the CMP modular platform, which will also be utilised in a Jeep SUV that is under four metres long. Over 90% of the platform's components were sourced locally, making it highly specialised for India. Citroen is expected to position the C3 rather aggressively in its segment. Citroen has not published the C3's engine specifications, although it is believed to be powered by a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine in India. There will be no diesel engines on hand. There will be an automatic transmission and a 5-speed manual transmission available. The Citron C3 will be manufactured in Chennai's Thiruvallur facility, with serial production starting in December. The price for the C3 will be announced in the first half of 2022. In preparation for the debut of the C3, Citroen will expand its dealer network in India; currently, the company's dealer network in the nation is restricted to a few La Maison flagship locations and an online sales platform.
French automaker Citroen India is believed to be gearing up to take on the midsize SUV segment with its upcoming offering. Likely to be named the C3 Aircross, it is reportedly undergoing the final phases of testing currently. The new model will slot in between the C5 Aircross and C3 in the brand’s India lineup. Here is all that we know about the upcoming vehicle. Citroen C3 Aircross: Exterior Design and Interior Features Recent spy shots of the new SUV reveal that the four-wheeler will be considerably larger than the C3 and will look quite different from the hatchback. However, it will share a few design elements like the split headlight setup, grille, and wraparound tail lights. The new model is also reported to be offered in both 5-seat and 7-seat configurations. Further, the spy shots also reveal the interior of the upcoming C3 Aircross. The SUV features a new dashboard layout, with a fully digital instrument cluster replacing the hatchback’s bare bones unit and a bigger touchscreen infotainment screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While it will share some elements like the steering wheel and switchgear, the upcoming model will get additional equipment like auto climate control, ambient lighting, wireless charging, push button start/stop, and more. Citroen C3 Aircross: Powertrain Details The New Citroen C3 Aircross will be offered with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol motor that currently does duty on the higher trim levels of the C3 hatchback. It makes 110 bhp power output with 190 Nm of peak torque. Both manual and automatic transmission options are likely to be offered with the four-wheeler. Read Also: Citroen C3 to Feature Automatic Gearbox in 2023 Furthermore, Citroen is also planning to launch an all-electric model soon after the introduction of the ICE-powered model. Citroen C3 Aircross: Launch and Rivals in India While Citroen has not announced an official launch date yet, expect the C3 Aircross to be introduced by the end of 2023. Upon launch, it will become the latest entrant in the midsize SUV segment, rivaling the likes of the Škoda Kushaq, VW Taigun, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Maruti Grand Vitara, MG Hector and the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder in its segment. Read Also: Citroen India to Introduce its First Electric Car by 2023
Citroen has opened bookings for its first EV model, the eC3 at a token amount of Rs 25,000. Based on the recently launched C3 hatchback, the new EV will be the first of the many electric models planned for India. The eC3 will be offered in two variants, Live and Feel. The new EV will be made in India and exported to international market to help boost the vehicles sales. Citroen eC3: Exterior Design and Interior Features The exterior of the new eC3 uses the same bodyshell and looks largely similar to its ICE counterpart. Changes to the EV include a new charging port on the front fender and the omission of the tailpipe. On the inside, the cost cutting is evident with plastic panels all-around and a tiny digital speedometer. Overall, the layout of the cabin is identical to the C3 hatchback except for an updated centre console with a new drive controller replacing the gear lever. Other than that, all exterior panels and interior trim remain the same which are already made in India. This will help Citroen price the eC3 at a competitive price point in the market. Citroen eC3: Powertrain The eC3 uses a 20.9 kWh battery pack sourced from Chinese firm Svolt currently while localisation plans later. It powers a single front-axle mounted motor that pumps out 57 bhp with 143 Nm of peak torque. The automaker claims an ARAI-certified range of 320 kms, and the EV gets a 3.3 kW AC charger onboard that also supports CCS2 fast charging that fills the battery from 10-80 percentage in just 57 minutes. Citroen is also offering a warranty of up to 7 years or 1,40,000 kms on the battery pack and 5 years or 1,00,000 kms on the electric motor. The EV itself gets a warranty of 3 years or 1,25,000 kms. Citroen eC3: Pricing and Rivals While Citroen has not announced the prices yet, expect the Citroen eC3 to start from around Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). Bookings will start from January 22nd, while the EV will reach showrooms from next month. Upon launch, it will compete with the recently launched Tata Tiago .EV, which is priced between Rs 8.49 lakh - Rs 11.79 lakh (ex-showroom).
The price of the upcoming Citroen MPV EV Concept is expected to be in the range of Rs 17 to Rs 23 lakh (ex-showroom).
The estimated launch date of the upcoming Citroen MPV EV Concept is set around December 2023.
The Citroen MPV EV Concept will be an all-electric vehicle which is expected to be powered by a 50 to 60 kWh battery pack offering a claimed range of around 400 kilometres on a single full charge.
The upcoming Citroen MPV EV Concept will compete against the Tata Nexon EV MAX, MG ZS EV, Hyundai Alcazar and MG Hector Plus in its segment.