Next-gen Citroen e-C3 electric likely to get a 30-40 kWh battery

After unveiling the Citroen C5 X in May, Citroen is gearing up for the emerging-market special micro SUV (codenamed Citroen CC21). The company will unveil the new model for emerging markets in September 2021, as per a report on Challenges.fr.

Citroen electric car eCC21 codename
An artist’s rendering of the Citroen electric micro SUV for emerging countries (code: eCC21) based on the prototype sightings. The next-gen e-C3 could borrow parts or modules from the low-cost vehicle.

Under its ‘C Cubed’ program, a pure electric variant codenamed eCC21 is in the works, which will rival the like of the Dacia Spring. The CC21 will ride on the Citroen CMP, and the eCC21 on the eCMP, though Citroen will pare down this architecture to achieve a target cost of EUR 10,000 as these products are targeted at emerging markets. As we pointed out in an earlier report, Citroen will manufacture the CC21 and eCC21 in India (Chennai) and Brazil (Porto Real).

Citroen planned to unveil the CC21 on 20 May 2021, but given the Coronavirus crisis in the target markets, the company postponed the world premiere to September 2021. Now, the company will simultaneously take covers off the new model in India and Brazil. It will likely begin customer deliveries in the same month or in October 2021, as per the report.

Next-gen Citroen C3 to have Dacia-like attributes

As per a report on Largus.fr, for the European market, the next-generation Citroen C3 electric and its combustion counterpart will be made at Trnava, Slovakia, where group company’s Peugeot 208 is also made. The 208 is also based on the CMP architecture, and Largus states the forthcoming Citroens will save cost thanks to lesser soundproofing and equipment (headliners, size of the wheels, plastics, and seats). The next-gen C3 would ride on a pared-down eCMP, but not to the extent of the eCC21, the report notes.

However, Vincent Cobee, CEO, Citroen, who spoke to Challenges.fr confirmed that the company could use the emerging-market CMP spec for European products but with visually different bodies. The publication reports that the low-cost architecture could also be found on a future Fiat product, as Stellantis is leveraging every opportunity to increase scale.

Dacia Spring Electric unveiling
With the electric C3, Citroen will target upper variants of the Dacia Spring EV, which holds the title as Europe’s most affordable electric car with a starting price of around EUR 17,000 before incentives. Image: Dacia

Going back to the Largus report, it states that the next-gen Citroen C3 electric will be available in two variants: 30 and 40 kWh battery variants with power outputs in the region of 60 and 80 hp, respectively. The battery supplier is reported to be China-based Svolt.

For reference, the Dacia Spring EV has a 26.8 kWh battery pack with a 43 hp electric motor and a WLTP range of 140 miles (224 km). We should have more details of the electric C3 in the coming months.

Next-gen Citroen C3 electric FAQs

What is the price of the Citroen C3 electric?

The Citroen C3 electric version is expected to start in the whereabouts of 20,000 EUR.

What are the rivals to the Citroen C3 electric?

The chief rival to the C3 electric could be the Dacia Spring, and later, the VW ID.2 and Seat ‘Urbano’ based on the MEB-Lite.

What is the release date of the Citroen C3 electric

Expect the next-gen C3 to debut next year, and the electric version to follow in 2023.

Featured image: Current gen Citroen C3, courtesy Citroen