Citroen, a relatively unknown French manufacturer in India, is set to explore its fortune with the official launch of its first mass-market car, the C3. The manufacturer has taken the Indian market quite seriously and invested heavily in developing the product. The C3, ‘Made in India for Indians’ car, is based on the Common Modular Platform (CMP). Citroen’s ambitious bet on 90 per cent localisation has not only resulted in keeping the price in check but has also boosted the local economy. The price starts at Rs 5.71 lakhs for the entry-level Live variant and goes up to Rs 8.06 lakhs for the top-end Feel variant. You can officially book the car across dealerships and on the company’s website at a token amount of Rs 21,000. And before you do that, here is everything you need to know about the Citroen C3.

Citroen C3 : Design and Styling

In terms of exterior appeal and stance, it resembles its elder C5 Aircross. The design language is quite sporty yet youthful. On the front, we get a Citroen’s signature grille flanked with split halogen headlamps and LED DRLs. The 15-inch chunky wheels, black cladding, and smart dual dual-colour option go well with the flamboyant lifestyle of the youth. The major highlight of the C3 is its total of 56 customisation options. Moreover, the manufacturer offers six dual-tone colour options and four mono-tone colour schemes.

Citroen C3: Interior and features

The interior of the C3 features a dual-tone dashboard layout, depending upon the choice of exterior colour. It gets a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a wireless AndroidAuto and Apple CarPlay .There are three USB charging ports and a 12V charging socket to charge your electronics. Also, there are provisions for steering mounted control, a four-speaker sound system, and a complete digital intrument cluster. However, the C3 misses out on a keyless entry, ambient lighting, rear camera, ESP and electrically adjustable ORVMs. The C3 comes equipped with basic safety features like dual airbags, ABS with EBS, a high-speed alert system and a speed-sensing auto door lock.

Citroen C3: Engine and Performance

The Citroen C3 comes with two petrol engine options – a 1.2-litre N-A engine and a 1.2-litre turbo-engine option. The later 1.2-turbo engine produces class-leading 110 horses and 190Nm of torque. In comparison, the 1.2-litre N-A engine churns out 81 horses and 115 Nm of torque. The 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine comes mated with a 6-speed manual transmission, whereas the 1.2-litre N-A comes mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. There is no option of an automatic transmission yet.

Citroen C3: Rivals

Citroen has priced the C3 quite competitive and has the capability of gaining popularity over its rivals. It goes up against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Tata Punch on one side, and on the other hand, it still packs the potential to take on its French competitors’ Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger. To read comprehensively about the Citroen C3, please click here.