The French automaker is gearing up to expand its Indian product portfolio with the launch of the new Citroen C3 hatchback. The model, which is currently in its final testing phase, is likely to hit showrooms in the next 2-3 months. It will be the brand’s first Made-in-India product that will compete against cars like Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Tata Punch.
Here’re some key details of the upcoming new Citroen small car.
Design & Styling
Measuring around 3.98 metre in length, the C3 has high bonnet and ground clearance (180mm) giving it a cross-hatchback looks. Upfront, it carries Citroen’s signature double-slat grille connecting split LED headlamps. The blacked-out pillars, black plastic cladding around the wheel arches and lift-type door handles enhance its sporty side profile. The hatchback has an upright tailgate along with a dual-tone rear bumper, rectangular taillamps and a faux skid plate. The new Citroen small car sits on a CMP (Common Modular Platform), which is jointly used and developed by Groupe PSA and Dongfeng.
The automaker hasn’t yet revealed its interior images and details. Though, the upcoming Citroen C3 is likely to come with the dashboard integrated 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It might also come with a digital instrument cluster, a three-spoke steering, single-piece front seats with integrated headrests, 3 USB ports, a 12V socket and manual air-con controls.
The new Citroen C3 hatchback is reported to be offered with a single 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT automatic unit. Rumour has it that the model might also be India’s first SUV to offer flex-fuel engine. If it happens, the hatch will get a 1.6L naturally aspirated engine along with ethanol-based fuel.
The upcoming Citroen small car is estimated to be priced as low as Rs 5 lakh for the entry-level variant. Its range-topping variant will cost around Rs 10 lakh. The C3 will be an affordable offering for the mass-market from the French automaker in the country.