Citroën has released a teaser image of its first all-electric car targeting the Indian market. The electric hatchback, called the Citroen eC3, is set to hit the roads in March 2023. Media Drive starts the third week of January. It will be the French automaker’s mass-market entry-level electric offering that will directly take over the Tata Tiago EV. The cost of this model is expected to be around Rs 10 lakh – Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). Its biggest rival Tiago EV was offered within the price range of Rs 8.49 lakh – Rs 11.79 lakh (all showroom).
The Citroën eC3’s powertrain setup includes a 30.2 kWh battery pack and an electric motor mounted on the front axle. The electric motor produces a maximum output of 86bhp and torque of 143Nm. The automaker will source its battery packs from Chinese electric vehicle company Svolt. The company will provide a 3.3kW on-board AC charger with the electric C3. It also supports CCS2 fast charging. The electric hatchback will likely promise a range of around 350km on a single charge.
Tata’s Tiago EV offers a MIDC range of 250km with a 19.2kWh battery and 315km with a larger 24kWh battery pack. This model features Tata’s Ziptron high-voltage architecture consisting of a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor. The smaller battery version produces 74bhp of peak power with 114Nm and the larger battery version produces 61bhp with 110Nm. Zero hundred reaches 5.7 seconds (19.2 kWh) and 6.2 seconds (24 kWh).
Visually, the electric Citroen C3 looks similar to the ICE version. But there are new charging ports on the front fenders and no tailpipes. Inside, there could be a new drive controller (instead of a manual gear lever) and an updated center console.