Near-production: Citroen C3 spotted in India without camouflage..

Citroen C3 spotted in India ahead of launch without a Camouflage....

Citron is going to launch it's second SUV in India as per the reports. Citroen's first major product C3 for the Indian market will be the hatchback unveiled last year. The C3 has now been spotted testing in India ahead of its its expected launch in the next few months.

2022 Citroen C3 Styling, looks and Specifications

The images show that Citroen C3 will stay true to the model shown earlier, although there seem to have been some minor styling enhancements. These are seen in the form of the chrome highlights to the headlamp cluster, the side indicator, the taillamps and bumpers. These could be part of the heavy focus on customisation that Citroen in touting with this car. There will be 78 accessories available which will be both cosmetic and functional. 

Keeping of Indian needs in mind, the Citroen C3 has been developed with short 10m turning circle and a sloping bonnet for better visibility specifically for the Indian market. The ground clearance is 180mm. The 3.98m long C3 will be made in India and is the first model based on Citroen's C- Cubed architecture. This architecture is heavily localized and will be the base for a range of models for India and other developing markets.

Citroen C3 Interior and Features..

As seen earlier, the interiors of the upcoming Citroen C3 carries on with the brand's design theme, with the tubular central panel in contrasting colour, a layered shelf below it and the C5 Aircross-inspired split AC vents. The squarish steering wheel with mounted controls is seen here too but the highlight is the 10-inch widescreen touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple Carplay. Practicality was focused on heavily side with touches like the phone mount, numerous cubbies and class-leading elbow, knee and headroom. Boot space is 315 liters while wheelbase is a sizeable 2,540mm.

Citroen C3 Engines, Platform, Suspension and safety....

The Citroen C3 is based on a heavily localized architecture, a development of the global EMP platform which can accommodate EV powertrains in the future. There will be no diesel engine options in this segment from Citron but it is expected that it will get 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit as well as the naturally aspirated units. The car will produce the power and torque around 110PS and 205 Nm respectively. This should pair with a six-speed manual and the 6 six-speed torque converter automatic. Lower-spec versions might even get the N/A 83PS version of this engine. Citroen has tuned the suspension specifically for the Indian market. The comfort focus remains the same. This car gets front dual airbags with ABS and EBD, Seatbelt pretensioner with load limiter, rear parking sensor as a standard in all variants.

Citroen C3 expected Launch Date, and Pricing ??

Earlier the SUV was planned for 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed back launch timelines for Citroen C3 to launch in India. Now it is expected that the Citroen C3 will launch by the first half of 2022 and is expected to be followed by an SUV based on the same architecture. The Citroen C3 is expected to competes with the Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Tata Punch, Maruti Suzuki Swift and other hatchbacks/crossovers in the Rs 5 to 9 lakh range.

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