French firm Citroen to Launch Entry-Level Electric Car in 2022 in India
French carmaker Citroen is planning to tap the electric car segment with the Citroen eCC21 (codename) mini EV in 2022. As per the recent reports, the carmaker is expected to launch a low-cost EV in India next year. Once launched, the electric car will compete with the Mahindra eKUV100 and the Tata HBX EV. Its prices will start from Rs 8 lakh (ex-showroom).
CC21 EV (dubbed eCC21)
Reports suggest that the Citroen car eCC21 gets massive underbody cladding at the front, which will help the car take on bad roads and speed breakers, it looks more like a tallboy hatchback with a squarish design, a split-headlamp design and functional roof rails. The two-piece headlamp has LED DRL sitting on the top with inbuilt turn indicators, and the main lamp positioned below. The car also gets a tiny grille up front, right where the registration plate goes.
The Citroen CC21 EV will be underpinned by the brand’s e-CMP architecture, which was co-developed with its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor. The e-CMP platform can handle a battery capacity of up to 50 kWh and an electric motor up to 100 kW, which can deliver a maximum driving range between 310 km and 340 km. However, speculations suggest that the Indian model will have a smaller battery-motor combo, to keep costs down.
As per the sources, the Citroen electric mini SUV will come with a 30kWh battery pack. Please note, the battery pack of the Tata Nexon EV is a 30.2 kWh unit, while the Mahindra eKUV100 will have a 15.9 kWh battery.
Citroen in India
The Citroen C5 Aircross, the French carmaker’s first model for India, was launched with introductory prices starting at Rs 29.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Citroen’s debut model for the Indian market, the C5 Aircross is available in a choice of two variants – Feel and Shine. The former is available in single tone (Rs 29.90 lakh) and dual-tone (Rs 30.40 lakh) form, while the higher-spec Shine is priced at Rs 31.90 lakh for both single- and dual-tone versions. Citroen opened bookings for the SUV last month with early customers – those who booked by April 6 – able to avail of a complimentary 5-year maintenance package.
To expand the operations in the Indian market, the next C21 SUV (Sonet and Brezza rival) is in the line of the upcoming vehicle. The carmaker is in the process of introducing Citroen’s first electric car which is expected to be launched in the country next year and will become the carmaker’s third product in the Indian market. To focus on cleaner vehicle for India, Groupe PSA (Citroen’s parent organisation) plans to launch not just EVs, but flex-fuel (ethanol-blended petrol or bio-fuels) vehicles as well. The upcoming Citroen EV will be the electric version of the CC21 mini-SUV, which is expected to launch in 2021 to rival the likes of Maruti Ignis, Ford Freestyle, and the upcoming Tata HBX.