Micro SUV’s have brought a profound change in the market, they have provided the stance as well as the body dynamics of an SUV at the price of an hatchback . India being a market in love with economical products which offer great value, cars like the Tata Punch have garnered a high demand.
Due to cars like the Tata Punch a new market segment has been defined , a segment that would now include a French micro SUV as well , The Stellantis owned French brand Citroen is all set to bring its micro SUV to the market by 20th july this year. Dealers have also started accepting Pre-Bookings for the same.
While the Indian consumers are waiting ardently for the product the brand recently unveiled the car in front of media and here is a walk around of the car.
Citroen has brought the car to the market and its every thing that we expected it to be , while the brand has put out the word that the cars is a an hatchback with a twist, Auto car was the first to do a walk around of the car here are all the details from the walk around. The car would have a a provocative dual DRL setup up front where in the headlights would be on the bumper while the DRL’s would rest on the bonnet of the car. The car would have a twin splat chrome grill which would have the Chevron logo on the front. The front a fascade of the car is an amiable one , it seems friendly and has really short overhangs in the front as well as at the rear to allow the car a better off roading capability, which would further be enhanced by its 180mm ground clearance.
The car in its stock format would arrive with 15 inch wheels , with a substantial black cladding all around the vehicle which helps in giving the car a two tone appeal plus it would also help in keeping the car safe from dents and scratches. The car gets a 351 Litre of space, with a a interior that is full of orange accents and a formidable sized screen in the middle. The car gets ac vents at the back as well with a usb ports in the front center console as well as in the rear. A surprise for us was the availability of window switches in the centre console, which often is a tactic used by smaller cars but on a car like this it seems a bit out of place.
The car would be named Citroen C3, brand’s second offering after the C5 aircross and that wouldn’t be the only similarity as the C3 would also share certain design cues with its elder cousin from the same family. With similar attributes such as split-style headlights and roof rails,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 the car would provide a touch of premium french quality at a low price.
The interior of the car would be cladded in dual tone leather. interior the car would also get manual air conditioning, key less entry. 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 car would be powered by a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated engine , during the unveiling of the car 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.
A recent Report also revealed the Variants the car would arrive in, the car would be brought to the market in two variants Live and Feel.. The 82hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine will be available on both trims, while the 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine will be limited to the higher-spec Feel variant.Citroen had previously announced that the car would come with highly customizable optional extras, which would allow the owner to bring changes to the vehicle according to their taste.
|Citroen C3 Engine Specs vs Rivals|
|Model||Citroen C3||Tata Punch||Maruti Ignis||Renault Kiger||Nissan Magnite|
|Engine||1.2na/1.2 Turbo||1.2 NA||1.2 NA||1.0NA/1.0Turbo||1.0NA.1.0 Turbo|
|Power||82bhp , 110bhp||86 BHP||83 BHP||72hp/100hp||72/100 BHP|
|Torque||–||113NM||113NM||96NM / 160NM||96NM/160NM|
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.”