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Citroen C3 India to launch in India by mid-July | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Bookings have opened at some dealerships for the French model’s first made-in-India product.

Citroen will introduce its first made-in-India product, the C3, someday mid-July this yr, vendor sources have confirmed. Moreover, dealer-level bookings for a token quantity of Rs 21,000 are additionally being accepted.

Citroen made its foray into the Indian market with the flagship C5 Aircross on the area of interest finish. With the C3, the French model is now taking a look at hitting the core of the market.

  • Citroen C3 to be petrol-only
  • Is anticipated to supply excessive degree customisation
  • Will rival the likes of Tata Punch, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, amongst others

Citroen C3: up for a difficult begin

Opposite to the pattern and what has been a confirmed formulation for brand new carmakers to search out success in India, Citroen’s first mass-market product just isn’t an SUV. Though it’s a pretty high-riding mannequin, Citroen refuses to name it an SUV, as a substitute referring to it as a “hatchback with a twist”. The corporate selected to focus on the funds hatchback phase with a cheap platform and excessive ranges of localisation.

Of late, although, hatchback gross sales have been on a decline, because of SUVs virtually consuming into each automobile phase. For Citroen, that is additional compounded by the truth that its community in India is presently fairly sparse, which implies reaching out to the lots can be all of the more difficult.

Citroen, nonetheless, is sort of optimistic, as Vincent Cobee, CEO, Citroen, in an interview with Autocar India stated, “We hope to develop as we go.” The corporate is banking on its localisation efforts (greater than 90 %) and likewise doing issues the “Indian approach”. Uniquely, with the C3, Citroen is predicted to supply never-before-seen ranges of customisation on the funds finish of the market and can be actively working to extend its vendor and repair touchpoints forward of the C3’s launch.

Citroen C3: what do we all know thus far?

As for the C3 itself, in typical Citroen style, it boasts of a unusual design, contrasting trim parts and a really French aptitude. It was globally unveiled in September final yr, nonetheless, the India-spec mannequin is but to be revealed. On the within, the C3 will come outfitted with a big central touchscreen, digital instrument cluster, funky trim inserts, however skips sure necessities like automated local weather management and rear energy home windows within the identify of value saving. For extra particulars on C3’s inside and exterior, check with our story right here.

Citroen has but to disclose the C3’s powertrain particulars, however sources inform us that the hatchback is predicted to be powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine. Will probably be paired both to a 5-speed handbook or a 7-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox. There can be no diesel engine on provide.

So far as pricing goes, we count on Citroen to cost the C3 near the Maruti Ignis and the Tata Punch. The mannequin will even see competitors on the decrease finish of the compact SUV phase that features entry variants of the Nexon and the Brezza in addition to the Magnite and the Kiger.

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