The French automaker has confirmed the Citroen e-C3 India launch in early 2023. Although its launch date has not been revealed yet, the electric hatchback will likely arrive in January. The Tiago EV comes in four trims – XE, XT, XZ+ and XZ+ Tech – priced between Rs 8.49 lakh and Rs 11.79 lakh (all ex-showroom).
To achieve aggressive pricing, the company will use a 30.2kWh battery. The carmaker has confirmed that it will source LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) cells from Asvolt Energy, a subsidy to China’s Great Wall Motors. LFP batteries are more stable and cheaper than NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) cells. The life cycle of these batteries is also very long.
The new Citroen electric car will come with a 3.3kW onboard AC charger with a CCS2 fast charger. It will feature a single electric motor producing 63kW (86bhp) power and 143Nm torque. The C3 Electric is expected to offer a range of 200km – 250km on a single charge. Its rival – Tata Tiago EV, is available with 19.2kWh and 24kWh batteries, which offer a range of 250km and 315km, respectively. Tata’s electric car comes with three charging options. There is a 50kW DC fast charger, a 7.2kWh AC fast charger and a standard 3.3kW home charger.
How different would it be?
The upcoming Citroen e-C3 will have a similar overall design language to its ICE counterpart unless these EV-specific alterations are made. A 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless smartphone connectivity, a digital instrument cluster, tilt-adjustable steering, four speakers, speed-sensitive auto door locks, and other amenities are features we anticipate it to have.