Over the last couple of years, a lot of foreign car manufacturers are attracted towards Indian market and are launching new products. Citroen is one such French car manufacturer who has plans to make their entry in our market early next year. Citroen which is part of Groupe PSA has already showcased their first product for our market and it is going to be the Ctroen C5 Aircross SUV. According to a report, while Citroen is working on C5 Aircross, they are also planning to launch a small sub-4 meter SUV for India. Dubbed the C3 Sporty, the sub-4 meter compact SUV will square off against the likes of the Maruti Brezza and Hyundai Venue.
According Team-Bhp, the upcoming sub-4 meter SUV is codenamed as C21 and is likely to be called Citroen C3 Sporty. The upcoming SUV is likely to carry a design that we have seen in other Citroen vehicles. It is likely to be based on CMP platform and will get the signature grille at the front with integrated Citroen logo in it. Headlights will be positioned on the lower side of the bumper and the black cladding will also be placed around the car.
Citroen has a C-Cube program under which the brand plans to develop new vehicles every year till 2023. The upcoming Citroen C3 Sporty is likely to be a product of this program. The cars that are launched under this program will be completely developed and manufactured in India. These models will also be launched in our market first. Reports indicate that the upcoming C3 Sporty will be powered by a 1.2 litre, three cylinder, petrol engine which will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
There are reports that Citroen might also launch a fully electric version of the C3 Sport SUV. The electric version will generate 134 Bhp and 260 Nm of torque. The 50 kWh battery will provide a maximum range of 330 km when fully charged. Another version with a smaller 37kWh battery with 230 km range might also be launched. Citroen had plans to launch the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV in the Indian market this year but, the ongoing Corona virus pandemic situation delayed the plans and Now Citroen had announced that they will be launching their first product in the first quarter of 2021.