The C3 offers two engine options to choose from
Citroen India has launched its second product in the country- the C3 hatchback, priced from 5.71 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The figures go up to 8.05 lakh (ex-sh) for the top-spec turbo variants. There are a total of 6 variants to choose from. Though introductory, the prices seem quite competitive. Unlike the bigger Citroen SUV, the C3 is locally manufactured in India, with heavy degrees of localization gone into it.
|Variant||Introductory Prices (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)|
|1.2 P Live||5.71 lakh|
|1.2 P Feel||6.63 lakh|
|1.2 P Feel Vibe Pack||6.78 lakh|
|1.2 P Feel Dual Tone||6.78 lakh|
|1.2 P Feel Dual Tone Vibe Pack||6.93 lakh|
|1.2 P Turbo Feel Dual Tone Vibe Pack||8.06 lakh|
Citroen C3 Design
Citroen C3 gets the carmaker’s signature design cues. Key exterior highlights include a sculpted bonnet, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, Black body claddings, a stylish front grille with integrated Citroen Chevron logo, split headlamp design, stylish tail lamps, and 15-inch wheels. Even when it is labeled a ‘B-hatchback’, the C3 looks more like a crossover and has a ground clearance of 180 mm. There are 10 different exterior colorways to choose from, including 6 dual tones.
Interior And Features
The interior looks nice and up-to-date. It involves the use of wacky and classy colors and soothing textures. Key highlights include a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, digital instrument cluster, manual air conditioning (no climate control), rear USB charging ports, 4 speaker audio, rear parking sensors, day/night IRVM, powered wing mirrors, etc.
The C3 offers the choice of two different powertrains- naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions of the 1.2-liter petrol engine. The 3-cylinder NA engine would produce 82 hp and 115 Nm, mated to a 5-speed transmission. The more interesting turbocharged engine churns out 110 hp and 190 Nm and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. There are no automatics on offer though.
The baby Citroen features an epic suspension setup. There is a sweet balance between ride quality and handling here. This could simply be the most comfortable offering for the price.
Even when it bears the ‘B hatch’ label, the Citroen C3 would compete with the B-SUVs with its styling and prices. One key competitor could be the Tata Punch, which has a lot of similarities with the C3. Besides, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Maruti Ignis could also compete, going by the pricing.