Now, we already know that Citroen is planning a whole bunch on new products in India after the successful entry into our market with the premium SUV, C5 Aircross. The French carmaker had already announced that the subsequent products in our market will be volume-oriented. The second product from Citroen is most likely to be a compact SUV, rivalling the likes of Venue, Brezza, Sonet and Nexon. Currently, it is codenamed the Citroen CC21 but it might well be the C3 sold in the international market. There have been desing models leaked online of the C3 which might be the one that will enter our market with some changes. Let us take a look at what to deduce from these desing miniatures.
Citroen CC21 – Exteriors
According to the design models, the exteriors of the CC21 will feature the typicla Citroen desing langugae, which is also the unique selling point of the brand globally. We expect features like a bold front end with LED headlamps with DRLs, squared-theme all over the exterior including the front bumpers and side body panels. There will a set of alloy wheels and possibly the roof rails to give it that crossover look. The rear might also feature LED tail lamps, roof spoiler and that square theme on the bumper. The CC21 is likely to be more of a crossover than a proper SUV. That is true for its international model as well. The dimensions will be under 4m in length to avail of the tax benefits to keep the costs in check.
Citroen CC21 – Expected Interiors and Features
The square-theme is likely to continue on the inside as well just like in the C5 Aircross. We expect that it will come with all the connectivity features including a free standing Digital Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, Connected Car Tech, Multi-purpose Steering Wheel with square design cues and much more. We also expect the continuation of the square theme all across the outside and the inside. This might be the dual-screen setup like we have been seeing on modern cars which gives the cabin a premium feel. Also, in order to compete with the rivals, Citroen needs to pack the CC21 with a lot of new goodies and still manage to keep the costs in check.
Citroen CC21 – Expected Engines, Transmissions & Prices
CC21 will most likely come with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, making a healthy 130 hp. The transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and an automatic. These could be the best-in-segment power output figures but Mahindra XUV300 Sport will feature the new-gen direct injection turbo petrol engine from Mahindra’s mStallion family which will make similar power. Being a compact SUV, the CC21 will take on the likes of Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. The prices are likely to be very competitive to take on the competition and we expect the prices range of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 12 lakh, ex-showroom. The launch is likely to take place before the end of this year.
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