2021 Citroen C3 compact SUV leaked in scale model form ahead of India debut
Citroen is set to ramp up its India operation significantly this year, with its range of heavily localized models from its C-Cubed program. The first of these is expected to be a sub-four-metre SUV which seems to have been leaked through these images of the SUV's scale models. Said to be named the Citroen C3, the compact SUV should be launched in India sometime this year. Although, the second COVID19 wave may delay proceedings.
Citroen C3 styling
The India-spec Citroen C3 will be significantly different from the European version, as these images suggest. The geometric styling remains and seems to have been heavily influenced by that of the C5 Aircross. So there is a similar split headlamp setup with the integrated chevrons but with the new 'X' LED lighting motifs seen on cars like the C4. The Citroen C3 features a large rectangular grille and an intricately stylised air dam below it with silver and orange highlights.
In profile, the sub-four-metre length is quite apparent and there is that slightly upright look and the straight C-pillar that is quite common in the brand's cars. The Airbumps make an appearance here as well while there are dual-tone alloy wheels as well. The rear looks fairly simple with a rounded boot lid, compact LEd highlighted taillamps and a silver skid plate on the bumpers.
Citroen C3 engines, platform
The Citroen C3 is expected to be based on a heavily localized architecture, possibly a development of Groupe PSA's (now Stellantis) PF1 platform. There will be no diesel engine options in this segment from Citroen but the Puretech 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol can be expected with around 110PS and 205 Nm. This should pair with a six-speed manual or the EAT6 six-speed torque converter automatic. Lower-spec versions might even get the N/A 83PS version of this engine.
Citroen C3 features
The interiors of the upcoming Citroen C3 haven't been seen yet, but they should carry the slightly quirky layered dashboard and the deep-set instrumentation and 8-inch infotainment from the C5 Aircross. Some form of Citroen's specially padded seats and the hydraulic bump stops on the suspension should be seen here as well. Other features should be in line with the segment with a sunroof, some form of connected-car tech, climate c0ntrol, LED lighting etc.
Citroen C3 India launch date, expected pricing
Citroen India has confirmed that the first of its C-Cubed offerings will debut here by this year. The model will make its global debut here before going on sale elsewhere. This will be followed by more offerings around the same architecture. As for pricing, the Citroen C3 can be expected to compete at the premium end of the sub-four-meter SUV segment and compete very closely with the Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue with prices ranging between Rs 8 to 14 lakh ex-showroom.
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