Citroën C3 SUV spotted in India undisguised, reveals exterior details

Citroën C3 SUV is expected to be launched in India in the second half of this year. The C3 SUV will be the French manufacturer’s second offering in the Indian markets after the C5 Aircross SUV.

By : HT automatic office
14 April 2022, 11:06

Citroën C3 SUV is expected to be launched in India in the second half of this year. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/@SandeepSreeram)

The Citroën C3 SUV is expected to be launched in India in the second half of this year. Ahead of its launch, the C3 SUV was once again spotted on Indian roads, this time without any camouflage. Images of the C3 SUV have been shared on social media revealing key exterior details of the C3 SUV, the French manufacturer’s second offering in India.

The images shared show a C3 SUV with just the manufacturer’s badge under camouflage. All other exterior details are clearly visible. The SUV, which was unveiled earlier by the automaker, appears to be slightly different in terms of exterior design than the one presented by Citroën at the event last year.

The C3 SUV has a front end that will have the typical Citroën grille with LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. The bumper is slightly different from those of the C5 Aircross SUV, Citroën’s first car in India. The bumper is flanked by a large fog lamp housing.

On the sides, the design of the alloy wheels is also different from those used on the C5 Aircross SUV. The C3 shown in the pictures also lacks the large plastic side claddings seen on the larger model. It also has no body-color ORVMS. At the rear, Citroën maintains a minimalist look with a new set of taillights as well as a bold and thick bumper.

Citroën C3 SUV, which the French call a “Made In India for Indians” car, has already entered production in some South American countries. While the automaker hasn’t shared powertrain details for India, the global-spec model offers a clue as to which engine will drive the SUV. The 2022 C3 that will be sold in Brazil will receive an optional 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. In Argentina, the C3 will be equipped with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that powers the new Peugeot 208. In the Peugeot 208, this engine develops 82 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 118 Nm of maximum torque at 2 750 rpm.

The engines will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Citroën can also offer a seven-speed automatic transmission for Indian markets.

Citroën C3 is based on the Common Modular Platform (CMP) with a wheelbase that measures 2,540mm. Citroën promises that passengers seated in the rear seats will also have “one of the best legrooms in the segment”. For the rear seats, there is 653 mm of legroom. Up front, there’s 1418mm for the elbows and 991mm for the head.

The 2022 C3 SUV will also come with 180mm of ground clearance, slightly less than rival Tata Punch offers. The C3 also has a turning radius of 10m, making it an easily manoeuvrable vehicle.

Date of first publication: April 14, 2022, 11:06 a.m. IST