New Citroen C3 Aircross for Europe teased ahead of April 18 debut


Citroen has released a teaser of the new C3 Aircross for Europe ahead of its debut tomorrow. The C3 Aircross sold in Europe is based on the same platform as the India-spec model, however, features a completely different design.

  1. C3 Aircross for Europe will be an EV initially
  2. Will get seven seat layout, more features
  3. Citroen Basalt Coupe coming to India later this year

Euro-spec C3 Aircross: what is different?

Talking about design, the new C3 Aircross is expected to have similar styling cues as the new eC3 sold in Europe. The teaser reveals its angular C-shaped LED DRLs, a dual-tone paint scheme, as well as the integration of the new Citroen emblem up front. The teaser also confirms that an all-electric powertrain will be on offer at launch.  The C3 Aircross in India does not get EV powertrain as of now but is expected to be introduced in the near future.

The front and rear bumpers resemble the European C3 Hatchback but get more cladding to make the C3 Aircross look more rugged than the hatchback. The tail lamp design isn’t clearly visible but one can expect it to look similar to the new e-C3 hatchback that is sold in Europe.

Euro-spec C3 Aircross: expected powertrain

The new C3 Aircross will debut as an EV first, which means the badging will be eC3 Aircross, going by Citroen’s current vehicle naming style.  The SUV will most likely come with the same powertrain as the eC3 EV hatchback. Citroen may use the same 44kWh battery pack on the next-gen C3 Aircross, but with a higher driving range. The C3 Aircross could also receive an ICE powertrain at a later date. 

In India, Citroen has introduced the eC3 hatchback which is priced from Rs 11.61 lakh to Rs 13.35 lakh. The eC3 Aircross SUV is yet to make its debut here. Once launched, the eC3 Aircross will rival the likes of the upcoming Creta EV and the Tata Curvv EV among others. 

India-spec C3 Aircross: price, rivals

The changes on the new Euro-spec C3 Aircross will not be made to the model sold in India, and the latter will carry on in its current avatar until a mid-life update arrives a few years down the line. The C3 Aircross is priced from Rs 10-14.27 lakh, but is currently available with a discount of Rs 1 lakh. Being a seven-seater, it does not have a direct rival at its price point but does face competition from five-seat SUVs like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, and so on.

Citroen is currently testing the production-ready version of the Basalt SUV coupe, which is based on the C3 Aircross, and set to go on sale in India in the second half of 2024.

Also see:

Citroen C3 hatchback to get automatic gearbox by June

Citroen Basalt vs C3 Aircross: how different are they?

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