The Stellantis-owned French automaker Citroen has announced that its all-electric hatchback eC3 will be making its debut this month itself. However, even before the official launch, we have seen this upcoming vehicle testing across the country numerous times. And in the latest encounter, the base variant of the eC3 was seen extremely clearly as it was not wearing any camouflage.
The latest set of pictures courtesy of Team-BHP, shows us this forthcoming EV in its full glory. From the spy pictures of the eC3 we can note that there will be no change in the exterior styling of the eC3 from its ICE counterpart C3 hatchback. The base variant pictured will continue to boast the same body with the exception of the right front fender which will accommodate the charging point of the all-electric hatchback. We can also note that only the rear left fender where the fuel door is situated in the ICE C3 was covered in camouflage.
The Citroen eC3, which is built on the same Common Modular Platform (CMP) that the C3 is, will also assert a 90% localization level in India. Aesthetic elements on the Citroen eC3 include the same twin V-shaped daytime running LEDs that blend with chrome accents on the front grille on the C3. The eC3 will also get the same simple halogen units that make up the available split headlights. Other exterior features of the Citroen eC3 include wraparound LED tail lights, contrast surrounds, and a cladding surrounding the fog lamps.
On in the interior as well there will not be any huge difference than the ICE model. The only major difference between the C3 and the eC3 will be the gear lever. In place of the manual gear lever in the ICE model there will be an all-new toggle switch gear selector in the eC3. Apart from this no major changes will be witnessed. The top-end variant unlike the one showed in the pictures will come with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a tilt-adjustable flat bottom steering wheel with music and Bluetooth controls, and a completely digital instrument dashboard make up the Citroen C3’s cabin.
To save money, the eC3 will lack modern conveniences such as automatic temperature control, a push start-stop button, a rear wiper, and electrically adjusted outside rearview mirrors. The more expensive trims of the hatchback will come equipped with reverse parking sensors, ABS with EBD, and twin front airbags. Citroen’s eC3 should have enough space for three adults in the rear with a segment-leading wheelbase and claimed class-leading shoulder room.
As of yet, no official details for the future eC3’s drivetrain have been released, however assumptions have been made. According to sources, the eC3 would have a 30.2 kWh battery that will power a single electric motor. It is expected to produce 84 BHP and 143 Nm of torque. The battery pack in the eC3 is designed to give slightly more range than the Tiago EV, which can go over 315 kilometres on a single charge and will be its direct competitor.