Citroen electric car for India (Tata HBX EV rival) rendered

This new year, Groupe PSA plans to re-enter India, with the launch of Citroen models. Following the Citroen C5 Aircross compact SUV this quarter, the company would launch a micro-SUV codenamed Citroen CC21 towards the end of the year. The second model will have an all-electric variant, codenamed Citroen eCC21.

With inputs derived from spy media on the web, ElectricVehicleWeb.in is presenting an exclusive rendering of the Citroen eCC21 electric car. Indirectly, this is a preview of the Citroen CC21 due this year as well.

The rendering shows a small hatchback trying to be an SUV with a tall, squarish body, slightly higher ground clearance, two-tier headlamps, and roof rails.The split headlamp setup would include LED DRLs with turn indicators put inside in squarish modules and positioned along on the top, and main lamps positioned below. Citroen designers have been designing split headlamps for years now, from before they became a trend globally.

The chunky underbody cladding heightens the tough styling of the micro-SUV, while making it more practical in combating broken roads and speed breakers. The grilles have been closed off, as there’s no combustion engine sitting behind with the need for intensive cooling.

Groupe PSA e-CMP Citroen eCC21 platform
e-CMP, the platform of the first Citroen electric car for India (Citroen eCC21), currently underpins the Peugeot 208 and the Peugeot 2008, as well as the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and the Opel Corsa-e.

Groupe PSA will launch the first Citroen electric car in India in 2022, economictimes.indiatimes.com reported in October last year. This micro-SUV is developed for the A-segment or the city car segment and would become the brand’s third launch in India.

With the CC21 Citroën will set out to conquer new markets or markets in which its presence is declining, such as in Brazil. The vehicle could become the Citroen C3 in emerging markets, the report adds.

Citroen CC21 compact SUV side view spy shot
The Citroen CC21 micro-SUV and its all-electric variant, the Citroen eCC21, will be the first Citroen cars manufactured in India.

In November last year, rushlane.com had posted an image that revealed the side angle of the donor model of the Citroen EV. It had revealed a squarish rear window that should allow ample light into illuminate the cabin. The C-Pillar looks thicker due to angle of the image and the camouflaging. The top-end variant is expected to sport roof rails and a spoiler. Before this sighting, we had spy images of the CC21 from its testing on the Chennai-Bengaluru highway, courtesy Romit who shared them with motorbeam.com.

The road testing of the Citroen CC21 began in early 2020. The car is likely to be positioned in the market between the Renault Kwid and the Maruti Ignis and could be a segment breaker with its design, space, features and notably its ride quality.

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, but it won’t sell the India-made units there. It will, however, export main parts of the Citroen electric SUV to the Old Continent from India.

The Citroen CC21 and the Citroen Citroen eCC21 will ride on Groupe PSA’s CMP and eCMP platforms respectively, though we expect a considerably pared down specification. Groupe PSA has co-developed the CMP 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 and a more conservative configuration to match the Indian market’s price expectation.

Groupe PSA will reportedly price the Citroen eCC21 from around INR 8 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. 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).