New Delhi: On Tuesday, Citroen India has announced that the C3 will make its India debut on 20 July, 2022. The Citroën C3 will be the second model from the French carmaker, which entered the Indian market last year with the C5 Aircross mid-size SUV. The pre-bookings for the micro-SUV will commence from 1 July.
The upcoming C3, which will come with the option of two 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engines. While the first one will be a naturally aspirated motor tuned to offer about 81 bhp, while mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Citroën C3 is built on the company’s C-Cubed platform, which will spawn several new India-made models. Visually, the car looks every bit a Citroën, right from the sleek chrome elements that extend from Chevrons (the brand logo) to the dual-tone treatment with contrast inserts, and heavy cladding.
Additionally, the C3 will also get a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is tuned to develop 108 bhp and 190 Nm of peak torque, while mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The turbo petrol version can go from 0-100 kmph in 10 seconds. As for fuel efficiency, the 1.2-litre NA motor returns 19.8 kmpl, while the turbo petrol option offers 19.4 kmpl.
In fact, the car does look like a baby C5 and that’s not a bad thing. Citroën will offer the car in about 10 exterior colour combinations, including two dual-tone options, and a range of customisation choices. Other features will include, sporty alloy wheels, roof rails and more.
In terms of features, the C3 gets a stick-out infotainment display with a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen unit. It offers the Mirror Screen function, in order to reproduce the display of the driver’s smartphone apps like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The car also gets a flat-bottom multi-functional steering wheel, along with other features like auto climate control, a USB charger and a 12V socket among others. Transmission options will include a 5-speed MT and a 6-speed MT, respectively. There won’t be any automatic transmission on offer at the time of launch. However, it is expected to get a 7-speed DCT for the turbo petrol mill later.
The Citroen C3 will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20 as well as being an alternative to affordable sub-4m SUVs like the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger. It will likely be priced between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).