Citroen has globally unveiled the production-spec C3. The C3 is the first of three models under Citroen’s C-cubed programme, and has been specifically developed for emerging markets like India and South America. India launch in the first half of 2022. The C3 will be locally manufactured here in India with more than 90 percent localisation.
Citroen entered the Indian market with the C5 AirCross. It was priced on the higher side because it is being brought as a CKD or Completely Knocked Down unit. Citroen would not be able to rely just on the C5 to compete in the market. So, they have been working on a compact SUV that will be called C3. Launching a compact SUV makes a lot more sense because they are selling like hotcakes right now in our market. The manufacturer has now revealed the C3 for the international market and India launch is expected in 2022.
Citroen is not calling their C3 an SUV, but they said that it is SUV inspired. The C3 will be based on the CMP or Common Modular Platform. It is a very versatile platform as it can be used to produce many body styles. CMP also supports various different powertrains such as petrol, hybrid, diesel and even electric.
While Citroen hasn’t revealed the powertrain details yet, the C3 is expected to be powered by a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine in India. There won’t be any diesel engine on offer. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The design of the C3 resembles a lot of other Citroen vehicles. Up-front there is an LED Daytime Running Lamp that integrates neatly into the upper strip that forms Citroen’s logo. Then the main headlamp unit also has an LED Daytime Running Lamp that integrates into the lower strip of the Citroen’s logo. There is a big air dam and a faux skid plate. Around the fog lamps, there are orange accents. At the sides, also we get the same orange square on the plastic cladding that runs over the wheel arches and doors. The rear has a flat tailgate with a faux skid plate and square tail lamps.
Photos reveal a chunky three-spoke steering and a digital instrument cluster but on the flipside, internal adjustment for the mirrors, manual air-con controls and single-piece front seat with integrated headrests.
The Citroën C3 will be produced at the Thiruvallur plant in Chennai, with series production set to commence from December this year. Price announcement of the C3 will then take place in the first half of 2022. In the run up to the C3’s launch, Citroen will expand its dealer network in India which is currently only limited to La Maison flagship stores in select few cities, along with a dedicated online sales platform as well.