Citroen unveiled its first electric car on the Indian market last week. I even had the chance to drive in Chennai for a quick review. If you want to know more about the eC3 EV, you can check out our review by clicking here. Check out the review video here. Citroën has opened pre-orders for its upcoming electric hatchback eC3. Buyers interested in this vehicle can go directly to the dealer and pay Rs 25,000 to reserve it, or visit Citroen’s official website to do the same. Citroën unveiled its electric hatchback just six months after the launch of the ICE version.
The aforementioned Citroën eC3 is the brand’s first electric vehicle for the Indian market. The electric version is based on the ICE version that hit the market last year. In terms of design, the ICE and electric versions of the hatchback look similar. Both cars get the Chevron logo, which serves as part of the front grille. Unlike many other EVs in India, the eC3 doesn’t have a closed grille or a front fascia that looks different than the petrol version. The only differentiators on the outside are his eC3 badging on the fenders and tailgate and the placement of the charging port on the front right fender.
From the outset, Citroën developed the C3 platform with the aim of being EV ready. This is one reason why the C3 has the longest wheelbase in the segment. The C3’s long wheelbase helped the brand neatly place the battery under the chassis without taking up space in the trunk. Like the exterior, the interior of the car looks the same as before. However, this car now gets his IRVM which is manual day and night. The ORVM is not electrically adjustable and the AC is also a manual unit. The car gets the same monochrome instrument cluster as the ICE version. The information on the display is customized for EV.
The car offers a 10-inch touchscreen on higher models. Citroën offers the eC3 in his two variants, Live and Feel. Features such as the touchscreen, four-speaker audio system and height-adjustable driver’s seat are only available on the higher feel variants. Citroen also offers connected car functionality using the MyCitroen Connect application. The Citroen eC3 has a 29.2 kWh battery pack. This hatchback’s electric motor produces 57 Bhp and 143 Nm of maximum torque. The hatchback has a top speed of 107 kmph and can do 0-60 kmph in 6.8 seconds. The car offers a claimed range of 320 kilometers.
There are standard and eco drive modes. The car also has regenerative braking, but it is not adjustable. Citroën offers a 7 year or 1,40,000 km warranty on the battery pack, a 5 year or 1,00,000 km warranty on the electric motor and a 3 year or 1,25,000 km warranty on the car itself. The car will start arriving at dealerships next month and will compete with the likes of the Tata Tiago EV in this segment.