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Made-in-India Citroen C3 inches nearer to launch | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Revealed On Jan 08, 2022 06:17:00 PM

The Citroen C3 will go on sale in India within the coming months, and an virtually production-ready mannequin has been noticed for the primary time.

The made-in-India, right-hand-drive Citroen C3 has been noticed testing close to Chennai, utterly undisguised, in close to manufacturing type. That is according to our report from August final 12 months, stating that the India manufacturing of the brand new Citroen C3 would begin in December.

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Made-in-India Citroen C3: what do the photographs reveal?

On first look, the made-in-India Citroen C3 seems to be an identical to the mannequin that made its world debut final September. Nonetheless, a better look reveals that there are some variations.

First up, the automobile is right-hand drive, which confirms it’s a made-in-India unit as our nation is predicted to be the mom plant for RHD variations, similar to all left-hand drive fashions will likely be in-built Brazil. The mannequin noticed additionally has extra chrome components – across the flip sign on the entrance fenders, on the rear reflectors within the bumper and on the tailgate subsequent to the tail-light. Citroen could have added this only for the Indian automobile on condition that consumers in our nation usually like extra chrome. The automobile within the pictures can be working on metal wheels with wheel covers, as a substitute of alloys, and was lacking the plastic cladding on the decrease a part of the doorways that was seen when the C3 made its world debut.

Nonetheless, it’s doable that this is perhaps a mid-spec variant, and therefore, has all of the aforementioned variations to the one proven earlier. Apart from that, the brand new Citroen C3 noticed in India appears an identical to the worldwide model.

The three.98-metre C3 appears like a cross-hatchback because it has a excessive floor clearance and a excessive bonnet. It has a break up headlamp set-up up entrance, with Citroen’s double-slat grille connecting the 2 models. Alongside the edges, there’s cladding across the wheel arches, blacked-out pillars and roof rails, and lift-type door handles.

On the rear, the C3 has an upright tailgate, with rectangular tail-lamps on every finish, a dual-tone bumper and a pretend skid plate. General, the C3 does seem like a smaller sibling of the C5 Aircross that’s already on sale in India.

The photographs didn’t reveal any particulars in regards to the made-in-India automobile’s inside, however we all know that the C3’s cabin has a unusual design with completely different textured surfaces and colored trim. A 10-inch touchscreen takes centre stage and can characteristic Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. There’s additionally a nifty smartphone holder beside the display screen. The C3 will get a chunky three-spoke steering and a digital instrument cluster, however on the flipside, it makes do with inside adjustment for the mirrors, guide air-con controls and single-piece entrance seats with built-in headrests.

Citroen C3: platform and engine

The Citroen C3 is predicated on the CMP modular platform that can underpin different autos, together with a sub-four-metre SUV from sister-brand, Jeep. The platform has been closely localised for India with over 90 p.c parts being domestically sourced.

Whereas Citroen hasn’t revealed the powertrain particulars but, the C3 is predicted to get a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine in India. Transmission choices will embrace a 5-speed guide and a 7-speed dual-clutch computerized. There gained’t be any diesel engine on provide.

Citroen C3: launch timeframe and rivals

The Citroen C3 is predicted to launch in India within the coming months and, within the run as much as it, Citroen will develop its vendor community, which is at the moment restricted solely to its La Maison flagship shops in choose few cities, together with a devoted on-line gross sales platform.

Citroen is predicted to place the C3 fairly aggressively within the sub-4m phase and it’s anticipated to rival fashions just like the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the Tata Punch, the Renault Kiger and the Nissan Magnite.

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