Stellantis’ French brand Citroen is working on three low-cost models, including a Dacia Spring rival codenamed ‘Citroen eCC21’. According to a report from challenges.fr, the donor model of the eCC21, internally called ‘Citroen CC21’, will debut on May 20.
Citroen is developing the aforementioned economy cars under the ‘C Cubed’ programme, with plans to manufacture them in India and Brazil. They would have a selling price of under EUR 10,000, and their electric variants would also be competitively priced. One of the EVs coming from the C Cubed programme, the Citroen eCC21, is relevant to the EU, where the next-gen Citroen C3 could go pure-electric.
With inputs taken from spy media, ElectricVehicleWeb has already presented an exclusive rendering of the upcoming Citroen electric car, assigned as the display image of this article. You can count it as a preview of the Citroen CC21 due in May as well, as the electric version would be differentiated with unique styling.
The rendering shows the small hatchback impersonating 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 were a global trend.
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 will launch the budget Citroen electric car in its first market (India) in 2022, The Economic Times 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 there. Citroen will set out to conquer new markets or markets with the CC21 where presence is declining, such as Brazil. The vehicle could become the Citroen C3 series in these countries.
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.
Citroen CC21 – Platform & Manufacturing
Groupe PSA will manufacture the Citroen CC21 and the Citroen eCC21 in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu (India). The company plans to launch the latter in Europe, but instead of shipping out the whole vehicle, it will export its main parts to the Old Continent, The Economic Times reported, where it could be assembled into a vehicle of a higher specification.
The Citroen CC21 and the Citroen Citroen eCC21 will ride on Groupe PSA’s CMP and eCMP platforms respectively, though in a considerably pared down specification and high local content. Where the Euro-spec Citroen C3 is priced starting at EUR 14,500, the CC21 would have to start at under EUR 10,000 to compete with established rivals.
Groupe PSA (now Stellantis) co-developed the CMP with its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor. The eCMP platform currently underpins a number of European EVs already, including 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. Expect a much smaller battery and a more conservative range on the Citroen eCC21 to match the emerging market’s price expectation.