The Citroen C3 is all set to get a CNG variant. Now, the compact SUV has been spotted on the road during testing.
Recently, the Citroen C3 was launched in India with an aggressive price tag. While the base model comes at Rs 5.7 lakh, the top-spec variant (with turbocharged petrol engine) costs Rs 8.05 lakh. The compact car will be positioned under the C5 Aircross. Now, a CNG variant has also been spotted on the road. The equipment on the heavily camouflaged test mule suggests that it is going through an emission test. The Citroen C3 CNG will take on the likes of the upcoming Tata Punch CNG model. Let’s take a look!
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As you can see in the images above, the Citroen has been reportedly testing the CNG car. While the French maker has heavily camouflaged the test mule, it looks like the Citreon C3. You can even see an orange paint job in the torn areas. This variant of the compact SUV does not feature side cladding. It is likely to be a lower variant with the 1.2-liter Puretech petrol engine (naturally aspirated guise) that offers 81 HP of power and comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. An emission testing equipment is placed on the back.
Since fuel prices are at an all-time high, introducing a Citroen C3 CNG variant is a smart move by the French brand. It is likely to be launched during the forthcoming festive season and will rival the upcoming Tata Punch CNG model. However, while a CNG version of the compact SUV sounds very appealing, its performance in real-world situations is yet to be seen. The current Petrol version offers a peak mileage figure of 19.8 kmpl. It holds an edge over the Punch and seems like a better VFM product.
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The Citroen C3 is built at the company’s manufacturing facility in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu as part of the Made-In-India initiative. It features a geometric design theme with the tubular central panel in contrasting colors and split AC vents. You will also get a phone mount, numerous cubbies, class-leading elbow, knee, and headroom. Additional features include LED DRLS, digital instrumentation, customization options, a 10-inch widescreen touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple Carplay, and a squarish steering wheel with controls.
Overall, the Citroen C3 feels like a premium car model that offers great power and mileage. The company is even offering services like a standard vehicle warranty for 2 years or 40,000 km (whichever is earlier). The new C3 warranty program also covers spare parts and accessories for 12 months or 10,000 km (whichever is earlier), and 24/7 roadside assistance. The addition of a CNG option is likely to make the compact car even more attractive to Indian customers than its rivals.