French automaker Citroen has launched its first electric car in India.The eC3 EV, which debuted in China earlier this year, starts at ¥1.15 million (ex-showroom). Citroen will offer four variants of the eC3, called Live, Feel, Feel Vibe Pack and Feel Two-Tone Vibe Pack.Prices for the top-spec version are ¥1.243 million (ex-showroom). The eC3 is an electric hatchback based on its ICE version, the C3, and deliveries are expected to start in the next few days.
The Citroen eC3 will compete with the likes of the Tata Tigor EV in its price point. The Tiago EV was earlier billed as its main competitor, but more affordable than the eC3.In fact, the most affordable electric car in India, the high-end Tiago EV, costs up to ¥1.2 million.
The Citroen eC3 EV comes with a 29.2 kWh battery pack and claims to offer a range of 320 kilometers on a single charge. The electric motor can produce a peak power of 57 PS and a maximum torque of 143 Nm. The eC3 can accelerate from 0-60 km/h in 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 107 km/h. The battery pack supports DC fast charging and can be charged from 10-80% in 57 minutes. It takes 10.5 hours to charge the battery pack from 10% to 100% using a 15A power outlet.
|Citroen eC3 variants
|price (at ¥ex-showroom)
|feeling vibe pack
|Feel the Dual Tone Vibe Pack
Design-wise, the eC3 doesn’t look too different from the standard C3 model. It has an “e” badge on the car to distinguish itself as an electric car. The car is the same size as its ICE version.
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Apart from a few minor changes, the eC3’s interior is also identical to the C3 version. It gets a three-spoke flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. In addition, the infotainment system has more than 35 connected car functions. The manual gear lever in the EV has been replaced by a drive select switch.
First published date: Feb 27, 2023 at 14:42pm CST