Citroën has introduced a new model with the familiar C3 index. The crossover hatchback differs from the European C3 in front end design, and is intended for India and South America. Mass assembly in both regions will start in the first half of 2022.
So far, the following dimensions have been disclosed: length 3.98 meters and wheelbase 2.54 meters. For comparison, the European C3 is only one centimeter longer, and the distance between the axles is identical. A ground clearance of 180 mm, coupled with a sloping bonnet, should provide good visibility. Crossover features are also indicated by short overhangs, roof rails and protective linings in the arches.
The volume of the trunk is 315 liters (the European one is 15 liters less), the glove box adds an extra liter, the front door pockets add another four liters, and the rear pockets add two more. There are also trays and niches for storing small items. The salon is designed for five people, and the manufacturer claims that there is enough space in the knees, above the head and in the elbows. At the front rises a 10-inch infotainment screen with smartphone connectivity and access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Now about the design. The photos show a blue hatchback for South America, orange or with orange accents for India. They differ in the possibilities of personalization. Overall, the design is in line with the brand’s identity, with the front end echoing the new C4 and C5 X with chevron headlights and full-width chrome stripes. The back is more like a C3.
Information on engines, as well as prices, is not yet available. The European C3 is equipped with PureTech gasoline “triplets” with 83 and 110 hp, as well as a 100-horsepower BlueHDi diesel engine.