After closely watching the success of the micro SUV Tata Punch, the Stellantis owned French automotive manufacturer Citroën is gearing towards the launch of its very own tiny SUV – the Citroen C3. The model will mark the brand’s second offering in the nation which unlike its first product C5 Aircross, will be a mass-market model. The forthcoming hatchback with SUV styling is expected to come powered by a 1.2L petrol engine. According to reports, it should be launched in the June of this year and could be priced at around Rs. 5.5 lakh.
The newest offering from Citroen is the first model aimed at the international market that has been developed and produced in India and South America. In terms of the exterior, the C3 is a modern hatchback that draws inspiration from SUVs for its ground clearance, high bonnet and elevated driver position.
The model also presents a glimpse of its more premium sibling – the C5 Aircross with similar split-style headlights and roof rails. It will also come with blacked-out pillars, indicator-mounted ORVMs, black plastic cladding, and sporty alloy wheels. The C3’s rear end will come with a set of wrap-around taillights and a silver skid plate.
On the interior, the five-seater micro SUV will get a dual-tone dashboard with a little upright stance. It will also come with manual air conditioning and distinctive air vents along with keyless entry, and a three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel. Meanwhile, in terms of tech, it will come equipped with a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with some new connected car features. The C3 will also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In terms of safety, the C3 will come equipped with dual airbags, ABS, EBD, and rear parking sensors.
The model as per the reports will only be offered with a choice between two petrol engines. The first could be a 1.2L naturally aspirated engine, meanwhile the other could be a 1.2L turbo-petrol engine.
During the unveiling of the model last year, Roland Bouchard – CEO and MD for Stellantis in India said, “The C3 is a very crucial part of our India growth journey and will be the backbone of our local development strategy. This car fits right into the heart of the indian market where 70% of the demand of for sub-4 metre cars and 50% of customers are first-time buyers.
He further added, “This segment has been growing rapidly and C3 will fit right in with its affordability and attractiveness. Our teams in India and Paris have collaborated and developed this car with over 90% localisation. Our ecosystem here includes a strong supplier base that enables right product positioning with high-quality standards. We will be leveraging our r&d centre in Chennai, vehicle assembly plant at Thiruvallur and the powertrain plant at Hosur in the state of Tamil Nadu, in India to further boost localisation efforts.”