Citroen is all set to launch its much-anticipated C3 compact crossover in the Indian market in the coming months. With funky exteriors, spacious interiors and a focus on comfort, the brand aims to add some freshness in the crowded mid-hatch segment with the C3.
Here are five things to know about Citroen’s newest product for India.
Will be based on CMP modular platform
The Citroen C3 is based on the CMP modular platform, which will also underpin other vehicles, including a sub-four-metre SUV from sister brand Jeep. The platform has been heavily localised for India, with more than 90 percent components being sourced from here. This will enable the company to aggressively position the C3 in its segment. The C3 is also first of the three models under Citroen’s C-cubed programme, and has been developed specifically for emerging markets like India and South America.
Will have fresh yet quirky design
While the C3 gets a crossover-like look, Citroen is not calling it a compact SUV. The model has been described by Citroen CEO Vincent Cobee as a “hatchback with a twist”. One of the reasons for doing so is that a more upright compact SUV is in the works for our market, which will follow the C3.
Best categorised as a cross-hatchback, the 3.98- metre C3 with high ground clearance, high bonnet and elevated seating position does have some presence. Styling is quirky and cool like other Citroens. The front facia features a pair of split-LED headlamps, with the company’s traditional double-slat grille connecting the two units. The C3 also features black cladding all-round, adding to the SUV-like presence. The company will also give buyers an option of dual-tone paint scheme.
The quirky theme continues inside, with stand out features like the dimpled panel running the width of the dashboard, a phone holder, flat-bottom steering and complex aircon vents. The car will come with a 10-inch touch screen, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a digital instrument cluster. The C3’s interior also appears to be spacious and practical.
To get a turbo-charged engine and dual-clutch automatic gearbox
Citroen has yet to reveal the C3’s powertrain details, but sources tell us that the hatchback is expected to be powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine. It will be paired either to a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. There will be no diesel engine on offer.
Expected to be priced aggressively
As the Citroen C3 will be heavily localised, we expect it to be competitively priced between Rs 5.5 lakh-8 lakh. Thus, the C3 will take on the likes of the Tata Punch, Maruti Ignis and lower variants of Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. In addition to heavy localisation, Citroen has skipped some features like adjustable headrests, powered rear-view mirrors and an armrest in order to keep the costs in check.
Could get an electric variant in future
Citroen has confirmed that the CMP platform is compatible for electric-vehicle configuration. It means the C3 and other upcoming models on this platform would be future proof. When Citroen does launch an electric version, we can expect it to be positioned below the Tata Nexon EV.