New Citroën e-C3, a ray of solar in the cheap electric market

Starting from 23.000 € in the euro-markets (We don’t have the prices for the Scandinavian countries yet), the fourth generation of the smallest of Double Chevron is totally new. The new Citroën e-C3 wants to represent one of the cheapest proposals made in Stellantis, and althought a petrol version is planned, we think the electric will be the only one available in the Nordics.

It is an affordable electric project to follow because, in the perspective, it could give rise to another city car within the Stellantis family: same technology, different style, for the electric alternative to the Panda. These are assessments that look to the future, in which the current situation replaces the world premiere of the new electric C3 thought for European markets. Many things have changed, and it couldn’t be any different from the project unveiled in India at the beginning of 2023. Interiors, comfort, battery, Adas: it’s an e-C3 designed to meet the needs of mature markets.

New Citroën e-C3, natural evolution of a best seller

The elements of style have also changed, with details taken from the Citroen Oli concept: the square shapes of the headlights, the two-dimensional Citroën logo, which is the first mass-car to show.

Citroën e-C3

The SUV body remains unchanged. We are facing a compact car, a B-segment vehicle with dimensions of 3.98 meters in length and a wheelbase of 2.54 meters.

Citroën e-C3

In terms of width, the Citroën e-C3 measures 173 centimeters, while the height is 1.57 meters. The trunk’s volume is quite generous, with a declared capacity of 310 liters, offering space similar to the best conventional offerings in the segment.

Citroën e-C3

It is available in five colors: Polar White, Montecarlo Blue, Elixir Red, Mercury Grey, and Perla Nera Black. Additionally, the ‘Max’ version comes with a standard white or black roof.

The C-Zen Lounge

Inside, there is room for comfortable travel for four people. The interiors include a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces. The infotainment is a feature available in the Citroën e-C3 Max trim, while the You trim offers a smartphone cradle with an app to connect the vehicle and the device.

Citroën e-C3

Regarding the interiors, comfort remains the focal point for Citroen, with seats designed for advanced comfort, introducing a new instrument cluster that replaces the traditional “dashboard” with a head-up display, projecting useful information on a glossy black element between the dashboard and windshield. The simple and pleasing square shapes are the theme of the city car’s interior.

Citroën e-C3

The focus on comfort is further emphasized by Citroen Advanced Comfort suspensions. The two hydraulic stops applied to the shock absorbers ensure progressive absorption of road irregularities, even the most pronounced ones. The new compact car will be available in two trim levels: “You” and “Max” – but can have different names for the nordics.

Citroën e-C3

The ‘You’ version includes features such as LED headlights, the Citroën Advanced Comfort system, Active Safety Brake (emergency braking system), a new Citroën Head Up Display, ‘My Citroën Play Smartphone Station’ for infotainment, electric side mirrors, rear parking radar, a rear spoiler, cruise control, manual air conditioning, and 6 airbags.

Citroën e-C3

The top-level ‘Max’ version is additionally equipped with 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, Citroën’s two-tone paint, roof rails, front and rear protective panels, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, Citroën Advanced Comfort seats, automatic wipers, electric foldable and heated side mirrors, leather-effect steering wheel, a 60/40 foldable rear seat bench, LED taillights, tinted rear windows, automatic climate control, 3D navigation, wireless charging, a rearview camera, and more.

In Denmark, starting in Q2 2024

Apart from projects like the now-dated Renault Twingo E-Tech and the Chinese DR 1.0, the e-C3 competes in a market segment where the Dacia Spring was the first interesting alternative for urban mobility.

Citroën e-C3

As for the engine and charging, the Citroen e-C3 boasts superior interior space. Under the hood, there’s a 113 HP motor powered by a 44 kWh battery with LFP (Lithium Ferrophosphate) battery. Charging can be done from DC fast chargers at 100 kW, AC chargers at 7 kW with the standard charger, or at 11 kW with an optional solution. The range is declared at 320 km, while the cheaper e-C3 version offers a range of 200 km. In terms of performance, the compact car is adequately quick with a 0 to 100 km/h time of 11 seconds, and its top speed doesn’t exceed 135 km/h.

Citroën e-C3

The ë-C3 is produced in Slovakia at the Stellantis Trnava factory and is expected to be introduced to the Danish market in Q2 2024. There aren’t details about the introduction in Sweden and Norway.

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