Citroen C3 compact SUV: Launch timeline revealed

French car manufacturer Citroen launched the C5 Aircross SUV in the market last year. The next product from Citroen for Indian market is the C3 compact SUV and the same has been spotted several times on our roads as part of testing. Citroen is finally preparing to launch the C3 compact SUV and it is most likely to be introduced in the market by June this year. Citroen has already unveiled the C3 compact SUV for international market and from the spy pictures and video that are available online, we now know how the upcoming SUV would look like.

The exterior design of the C3 compact SUV is actually has Citroen’s signature design language. It has a sleek looking upper front grille with chrome strips on it. The chrome strips becomes the logo of the brand as well. At both the ends, the chrome strips are extended to become a part of the LED DRLs and the headlamps. There is a large lower grille at the front with number plate fixed in the centre. In comparison to the international version, India C3 SUV will have some changes. The SUV will have more chrome elements and the turn indicators will be placed on the fenders instead of having them on the ORVMs.

The overall dimensions of the car are likely to remain compact as it would compete with cars like Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite and Toyota Urban Cruise in the segment. The car has thick body cladding all around which gives the Citroen C3 a muscular look. The rear portion of the car will have a wrap around tail lamps and reflectors on the bumper with a faux skid plate.

Moving in, the Citroen C3 is likely to get a funky looking cabin. It will have a dual tone cabin with body coloured inserts on dashboard. The Citroen C3 is likely to offer decent amount of features. It will come with features like a digital instrument cluster, touchscreen infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, fabric seat covers, manual AC, multi-function chunky looking steering wheel and so on.

Unlike C5 Aircross, C3 will is expected to be priced competitively. The reason behind it is because C3 is completely developed and manufactured in India. It is a product developed under Citroen’s C-Cube Program where they will be developing products in India for India and other international markets. Currently there is no details available regarding the engine on the C3 compact SUV. It will be offered only with a petrol engine. It is expected to get a 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine. This engine is expected to come with a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT gearbox option. Citroen C3 when launched will be the second product for the French car manufacturer and it will be an important launch for the brand as the C5 Aircross is actually a premium SUV which is priced way higher than any other competitor in the segment.

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