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Citroen C3 compact SUV: New spy video + new renders

Citroen recently unveiled its first SUV for the Indian market, which is called the C5 AirCross. The manufacturer has not yet announced the pricing for the SUV. They are already working on a compact-SUV that will be launched in India by the end of this year or early next year. The small SUV has been codenamed CC21 and while the exteriors of the SUV have been already spied on our Indian roads. However, this time the spy shots are of the interior of the CC21.

The new spy shots of the interior bring us new information about the features the new compact-SUV will be offering. The video has been uploaded by Power Stroke PS on their YouTube channel. The video first shows us the exterior bits of the CC21 but first, we will talk about the interior.

From the spy shots, we can see the three-spoke steering wheel that does come with buttons so it will be a multi-function steering wheel. There is also a silver square garnish on the steering wheel and the headrests are integrated. It seems like there is a large horizontal touchscreen infotainment system that takes the centre stage of the dashboard. It will also come with features like push-button to start/stop, cruise control, automatic climate control, multi-information display, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and much more. The infotainment system will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

There is also a 5-speed manual gearbox on offer which will be mated to a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine will produce 100 PS of max power and 150 Nm of peak torque. Now, we know that is will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, there should also be an automatic transmission on offer.

The CC21 is expected to be the first Flexi-fuel vehicle of India. Its engine would be able to run on regular petrol and ethanol blends (from 27% to 100%) also. According to Citroen, the Flexi-fuel system should help them get the first-mover advantage in the segment as emission norms are only going to become stricter in India’s automotive industry.

The design of the CC21 is similar to the C3 AirCross which is sold in the international markets. However, the manufacturer cannot bring the C3 AirCross to India because it is longer than 4-metres. It measures 4,154 mm long, 1,756 mm wide, and 1,637 mm tall. Due to this, it won’t be able to take the advantages that are offered on vehicles less than 4 metres.

Speaking of the design, it is expected to come with a split headlamp upfront with a faux skid plate. It will also get quirky design elements just like the C5 AirCross gets. At the rear, the design will be rounded and bulbous.

The CC21 is developed on Citroen’s Common Modular Platform. It is also used on other Citroen and Peugeot products. Interestingly, the same platform will also be used for the Jeep’s upcoming compact-SUV. The CC21 is expected to be priced at Rs. 5 lakhs ex-showroom. It will compete against the Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet and the Ford Ecosport.