Citroen’s The all-electric car lineup is currently in first place with the e-C4 (vans discount e-Berlingo MPV), but soon expanding the company’s EV range will be the next electric version C3. We expect it to be named ‘e-C3’, reflecting the format of e-C4 nameplate.
The third generation C3 has been with us since 2016 and is based on the now defunct PSA Group PF1 platform. Electrifying the C3’s powertrain was not possible, but now Citroen is looking to Stellantis for the next C3’s architecture. Citroen is likely aiming for a new C3 release in 2023, before SUV Aircross version.
The CMP platform underpinning Stellanis Group cars such as Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208 will be included in the new C3 superjumbo. This means that an all-electric ‘e-C3’ model will be possible, using the same technology from Corsa-e and e-208. Those cars’ 50kWh battery-based powertrain isn’t likely to be altered if it were in the e-C3, so we can expect 134bhp and a range of around 225 miles (Peugeot unlocks an additional 14 miles of range in 2022).
Arnaud Ribault, the European boss of Citroen, confirmed the use of the CMP platform and explained the decision behind it. “The work we are doing now is to reduce costs or potentially offset the increasing cost of materials and electrification in all the projects we are developing.”
Will focus on providing a more budget-friendly alternative to things like Vauxhall and Peugeot with the new e-C3, so we can expect prices to be lower than the Corsa-e’s £27,055 starting figure. There will also be a cheaper internal combustion engine version, using the widely used 1.2-litre three-cylinder Puretech petrol engine we see in other Stellantis Group vehicles alongside the current C3.
In terms of design, the new C3 will draw inspiration from the recent revision C5 Aircross and our exclusive render depicting what the new car might look like when it arrives. At the front, the angular headlamp design has been seen on other recent Citroens, as well as the lighting effect on the stacked dual grille. There’s a black wheel arch, like the current C3, to give it a cleaner stance, along with Citroen’s ‘Airbumps’ on the side.
Stellantis announces its plans earlier this year that it will go all-electric in Europe by 2026. This means petrol variants of Citroen C3 will have a short lifespan, but the e-C3 will be able to continue operating.