2022 Citroen C3 Front
The overall design is inspired from the bigger brother C5 Aircross

Citroen C3 bookings have commenced at certain dealerships, the launch might take place next month

Select dealerships have started accepting bookings for the upcoming Citroen C3 which is expected to make its official debut and launch as early as next month. The booking amount could be somewhere around Rs. 20,000/-.

The entry-level compact SUV, which is currently undergoing extensive tests across the country, will rival the successful Tata Punch.

The C3 is the French car maker’s answer to those who complained about the C5 Aircross being very expensive starting at over Rs. 38 lakhs (ex-showroom). The C3 having its design inspired from its bigger brother would be its greatest strength.

Citroen C3 Interior
The SUV gets a 10-inch infotainment system

It’s likely to be powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine in both naturally-aspirated as well as turbocharged avatars. The engines would be mated to either manual or automatic gearboxes thereby spanning many variants.

The interesting aspect to note here is the C3’s expected price. Sources say, it would command a starting ex-showroom price of just over Rs. 5.5 lakhs undercutting even the affordable Nissan Magnite.

Despite the low price, the C3 will come packed with many features like a 10-inch touchscreen display with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a digital instrument cluster. Basic safety features are also expected.

2022 Citroen C3 Rear
The huge body cladding and fused roof rails render a rugged look

Another area where the C3 excels the competition is its splash of funky colours. If rumours hold true, the SUV will come with a choice of 10 colours, most dual-tone flashy ones. The exterior detailing is mostly taken care by the huge body cladding.

The fused roof rails further accentuate the SUV stance of the car. The split headlamps and Citroen’s signature grille complete the looks at the front while the side and the rear get subtle detailing.