Citroen marked its debut in the Indian market with the launch of the C5 Aircross and now, the French carmaker looks all prepped up to strengthen its assault with the upcoming C3 hatchback. It won’t be long before we will get to see it on our streets as the company has already commenced the production of this funky hatchback in Porto Real, Brazil. Once it sets foot on our shores, it will have to go up against the likes of Maruti Swift, Tata Punch, Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. A treacherous path lies ahead for the Citroen C3 but it does have its own unique traits to assist in the battle.

Design

The Citroen C3 boasts a raised bonnet and has an upright stance with a high ground clearance of 180mm. However, the prime weapon in C3’s arsenal has to be its unique styling. The front fascia screams Citroen with the company’s signature double-slate grille and split headlamps.

The same cannot be said about its rear profile though as it looks a bit bland as compared to the happening front profile. An upright tailgate, rectangular taillamps and a dual-tone rear bumper complete the look. Citroen has also sprinkled some hints of ruggedness with cladding around the wheel arches.

Interior

Step inside and it is a similar story with a dash of uniqueness prominently making its presence felt. The AC vents are very quirky to look at and even the dashboard’s finish is something that really ups the aesthetic quotient of C3’s interior.

The C3 will boast a 10-inch infotainment screen that is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. Storage spaces are aplenty as it gets 2-litre door pockets upfront, a 1-litre door pocket at the rear and a 315-litre boot.

Powertrain options

Reports suggest that the India-spec Citroen C3 will be offered with two powertrain options: a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated and a 1.2-litre turbocharged. Transmission choices should include a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT.

The C5 Aircross might be a formidable SUV in its own right but it hasn’t sold that much in the Indian market, primarily because of its premium price tag. If Citroen really wants to make a dent in the price-sensitive Indian market, it will have to price the C3 aggressively. Expect it to be priced between the 5.5 Lakh-10 Lakh mark.