Upcoming Citroen C3 Aircross SUV confirmed to get electric powertrain

    The petrol-powered Citroen C3 Aircross SUV will launch first, followed by its EV derivative.

    Published On Feb 23, 2023 08:00:00 AM

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    Citroen will bring the all-electric eC3 Aircross SUV by 2025. The petrol-powered Citroen C3 Aircross SUV will go on sale first, most likely later this year in India, followed by other markets. The EV powertrain option on the upcoming C3 Aircross was confirmed by Citroen's branding executive Laurent Barria to our sister publication, Autocar UK. 

    1. eC3 Aircross will rival Creta EV, Maruti eVX in 2025
    2. Multiple seating options expected
    3. Will be based on PSA's modular eCMP platform

    The C3 Aircross SUV was spied testing on Indian shores recently, showing that it will come with 5- and 7-seat layouts. While the petrol-powered C3 Aircross is expected to launch in India later this year, the all-electric C3 Aircross is still some time away and will only go on sale sometime next year.

    Citroen eC3 Aircross: exterior design

    Barria added that the car will focus on “accessibility to electric mobility”. While camouflage serves to distort its looks, it is expected that the C3 Aircross’s design is likely to borrow cues from the C3 hatchback and also the facelifted C5 Aircross SUV, both of which are on sale in India currently. It will come with chunky tyres and an abundance of cladding to meet customer demands for rugged-looking SUVs. 

    The new C3 Aircross will be slightly larger than the outgoing model that is sold abroad, with a boxier profile. It will be around 4.3 metres long, which would make it more or less the size of the Hyundai Creta sold in our market.

    Spy shots have confirmed that a large split radiator grille is present alongside production-specification headlights with an LED daytime running strip that curves upwards and toward the windscreen much more. At the rear, a portion of the lights is exposed to show a striped design, while the boxy bodywork makes it appear less like a crossover. A design of this type could mean more space inside for occupants and their luggage. 

    Citroen eC3 Aircross: interior layout, platform 

    Inside, the C3 Aircross will have a new dashboard layout compared to the Citroen C3 hatchback but will carry over some elements such as the steering wheel and switchgear. The high-mounted touchscreen housing is also new compared to the hatchback. While the HVAC controls and vents look basic in these pictures, higher variants could also get automatic climate control. The SUV will get 5- and 7-seat layouts, as reported by us earlier. 

    As far as platform goes, expect the new C3 Aircross SUV to sit on PSA's modular eCMP architecture that also underpins the eC3 electric hatchback.

    Citroen C3 Aircross' interior shows a basic layout.

    Citroen eC3 Aircross: expected price and rivals

    When it launches in India in 2025, we expect the eC3 Aircross to have an aggressive starting price – a similar strategy that is expected to be seen on the eC3 hatchback when it launches here. Expect the eC3 Aircross to rival the likes of the Creta EV, Seltos EV and Maruti's eVX EV SUV, all three models are expected to be on sale by 2025 in the Indian market. 

    What do you think of the Citroen eC3 Aircross? Let us know in the comments section below. 

    Also see:

    Citroen eC3 EV bookings open

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