Citroën unveiled its first-ever electric car in the Indian market last week. We even got a chance to drive the car in Chennai for a quick review. If you want to know more about the eC3 EV, you can check out the review by clicking here. A review video is also available here. Citroën has now opened bookings for the upcoming eC3 electric hatchback. Buyers interested in the vehicle can go directly to the dealership and make a booking by paying Rs 25,000 or they can do the same by visiting Citroën’s official website. Citroën unveiled the electric hatchback just 6 months after the launch of the ICE version.
Citroën eC3, as mentioned above, is the brand’s first electric car for the Indian market. The electric version is based on the ICE version that came on the market last year. In terms of design, both the ICE and the electric version of the hatchbacks look the same. Both cars get the Chevron logo that acts as part of the front grille. Unlike many other EVs we have in India, the eC3 doesn’t get a closed grille or a different looking front from the petrol version. The only distinguishing features on the exterior are the eC3 badging on the fender and tailgate, and the charging port is located on the right front fender.
From the start, Citroën had developed the C3 platform with the aim of making it suitable for an EV. That’s one of the reasons why the C3 has the longest wheelbase in the segment. The long wheelbase of the C3 helped the brand to fit the battery neatly under the chassis without taking up space in the boot. Just like the exterior, the interior of the car also looks the same as before. However, the car now gets manual day/night IRVMs. The ORVMs are not electrically adjustable and the AC is also a manual unit. The car gets a monochrome instrument panel, which is the same as the ICE version. The information on the display is adapted for the EV.
The car does offer a 10-inch touchscreen in the higher models. Citroën will offer the eC3 in two variants: Live and Feel. Features such as the touchscreen, 4-speaker audio system and height-adjustable driver’s seat are only available on the higher Feel variant. Citroën also offers connected car functions using the MyCitroen Connect application. The Citroën eC3 is powered by a 29.2 kWh battery pack. The electric motor of this hatchback generates 57 hp and 143 Nm of maximum torque. The hatchback has a top speed of 107 km/h and accelerates from 0-60 km/h in 6.8 seconds. The car offers a claimed range of 320 km.
There are standard and eco driving modes. The car also gets regenerative braking, but this is not adjustable. Citroen gives 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 should reach dealerships next month and would compete with Tata Tiago EVs in the segment.