Groupe PSA will launch the first Citroen electric car in India in 2022, reports economictimes.indiatimes.com. Codenamed ‘Citroen eCC21’, the ‘micro-SUV’ falls in the A-segment or the city car segment and would become the brand’s third launch in India.
The eCC21 would be an all-electric variant of the Citroen CC21 micro-SUV. The ICE variant will go on sale in India in the second half of 2021, as the first Citroen car that is manufactured in India. The road testing of the Citroen CC21 has already begun, spy shots have revealed. These pictures have also shown that the micro-SUV has a typical squarish body and features the Citroen two-tier light signature.
The Citroen CC21 and its all-electric derivative Citroen eCC21 are to arrive as the first models developed especially for India under the Citroen C-Cubed low-cost car project. ‘CC21’ presumably stands for ‘C-Cubed Car 2021’, and the addition of ‘e’ to the EV variant is for the obvious reason.
Groupe PSA will manufacture the Citroen CC21 and the Citroen eCC21 in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu. The company plans to launch the latter in even Europe, although it won’t be exported from India. Whether the reason behind that is the specification level, quality concern or an existing production plan at one of the European factories isn’t known yet. The company will, however, export main parts of the Citroen electric SUV to the Old Continent.
The Citroen CC21 and the Citroen Citroen eCC21 will ride on Groupe PSA’s CMP and eCMP platforms respectively. Groupe PSA has co-developed them with its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor. The eCMP platform currently underpins the Peugeot e-208, the Peugeot e-2008, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and the Opel Corsa-e. These e-CMP platform cars share a 50 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack and a 100 kW electric motor. Their WLTP ranges are 340 km, 310 km, 320 km and 330 km respectively, but expect a much smaller battery pack and configuration to meet the Indian market’s price expectation.
Groupe PSA will price the Citroen eCC21 from around INR 8 lakh (ex-showroom) in India, adds the report. This would pit it squarely against the Tata HBX EV (2022), the Hyundai electric car ‘Smart EV’ (2022), Mahindra eKUV100 (2020) and the first Maruti electric car (2021).