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Citroen C3, Affordable and Funky French SUV, Expected to Launch in Nepal Soon

Citroen C3 is expected to launch soon in Nepal.

Citroen C3 price nepal
Citroen C3

Shangrila Motors, the authorized distributor of Citroen vehicles in Nepal, is expected to introduce its second SUV for the Nepali market.

Citroen C3 will be an affordable SUV offering without losing out on its unique styling. However, the feature list does take a considerable dip to keep things affordable.

We will talk about those sacrifices in a bit.

As for the pricing, the Citroen C3 price in Nepal is still under consideration.

It is expected to arrive in the Nepali market soon. With the entire auto market going towards premium SUVs and EVs, Citroen is trying to do something different.

Citroen C3 will be a stylish SUV that people can actually afford.

With that said, let’s take a quick look at the Citroen C3 along with its key specifications.

Citroen C3 Specifications

  • Engine: 
    • 1.2L PureTech 82 Petrol
    • 1.2L PureTech 110 Turbo Petrol
  • Emission Standard: BS6
  • Displacement: 
    • 1198cc in Petrol
    • 1199cc in Turbo Petrol
  • Dimension: 3981 x 1733 x 1586 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2540 mm
  • Max Power: 
    • 82 PS @ 5750 rpm in Petrol
    • 110 PS @ 5500 rpm in Turbo Petrol
  • Max Torque: 
    • 115 Nm @ 3750 rpm in Petrol
    • 190 Nm @ 1750 rpm in Petrol
  • Transmission:
    • 5-Speed MT in Petrol
    • 6-Speed MT in Petrol
  • Drive Type: FWD
  • Top Speed: 140 Kmph
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 30 liters
  • Mileage: 19 kmpl
  • Front Tyre: Disc
    • 215/60 R16 – Alloy / Steel
  • Rear Tyre: Drum
    • 195/65 R15 – Steel
  • Tubeless Tyres: Yes
  • Safety System: Dual Airbags, ABS, EBD
  • Suspension Setup: McPherson Strut and Torsion Beam with Coil Springs
  • Seating: 5-Seater
  • Storage Capacity: 315 liters
  • Ground Clearance: 180 mm
  • Kerb Weight: 958-1035 kg
  • Colors: Orange, White, Silver, and Black

Citroen C3 Price in Nepal: TBA

Citroen C3 Overview

Design

Citroen C3 brings in a unique design.

Like the C5 Aircross, the front section sports the signature Dual Chrome Chevrons. It helps to further extend the grille with chrome extensions.

It also gets LED DLRs with a Split Halogen Headlamp.

In contrast to the front design, the side profile is simplistic. It does not get any chrome treatment.

Nevertheless, there are a few orange accents that help the SUV feel funky.

Moreover, the wheel arches are strong with a combination of fluid lines for a confident stance.

Citroen C3 Front Styling
Citroen C3 Front Styling

Citroen hasn’t defined it as an SUV, rather calls it a hatchback with a twist.

Similarly, the rear profile is also simplistic. It gets a LED Tail Lamp with a Chromed Emblem.

The exterior styling has a less apparent cost-cutting. However, the cost-cutting is more apparent on the inside.

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In fairness, Citroen has tried its best to include a welcoming ambiance.

It is stylish, spacious, and comfortable. However, it lacks any kind of interesting feature set.

Nevertheless, it is justifiable for the segment.

Citroen C3 Rear Styling
Citroen C3 Rear Styling

Additionally, Citroen C3 is available in four different colors: Orange, White, Silver, and Black. It is also available in six different Dual-Tone color options.

Performance

Citroen C3 is available in two engine options: 1.2L Petrol and 1.2L Turbo Petrol.

The 1.2L Petrol engine generates a max power of 82PS at 5750rpm and a max torque of 115Nm at 3750rpm. Moreover, it is mated to a 5-Speed MT transmission.

Citroen C3 Side Styling
Citroen C3 Side Styling

The 1.2L Turbo Petrol engine generates a max power of 110PS at 5500rpm and a max torque of 190Nm at 1750rpm. Furthermore, it is mated to a 6-Speed MT transmission.

Both engines come with a 30-liter fuel tank capacity and 19kmpl mileage.

Citroen is trying to counteract the lack of features with its refined performance. Despite the lack of features, C3 should shine through in engine and styling.

It will be interesting to see how it will perform in the Nepali market.

Additional Details

MacPherson Strut and Twist Beam handle the suspension duties.

The dimensions are 3981mm in length, 1733mm in width, and 1586mm in height. Moreover, the wheelbase is 2540mm.

Citroen C3 gets a 180mm ground clearance. And, the kerb weight is 958-1035kg.

Furthermore, the boot space is 315 liters.

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Features

Here is a quick list of features in the new Citroen C3.

Interiors in Citroen C3
Interiors in Citroen C3

Citroen C3 Features Highlight

  • Two Petrol Engine Options
  • Muscular SUV Stance
  • Signature Citroen Design DNA
  • Split Halogen Headlamp with LED DRLs
  • LED Tail Lamp
  • 10-inch Infotainment System (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto)
  • 4 Speaker System
  • 180mm High Ground Clearance
  • ABS + EBD
  •  Dual Airbags

Citroen C3 Price in Nepal and Availability

Unfortunately, it is still too early to predict the Citroen C3 price in Nepal. However, there are multiple reports suggesting a price range of more than Rs. 30 Lakhs.

C3 is available in two different variants for the Indian market: Live and Feel. But, Citroen Nepal might only introduce the top “Feel” variant for Nepal.

Citroen C3 Price in Nepal
Citroen C3 TBA

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Talking about its availability, nothing is set in stone.

Citroen C3 might be showcased at the NADA Auto Show 2022. If that doesn’t happen, it will likely launch after the removal of the luxury import ban.

There are a few points to note on its “aggressive price tag”.

Citroen C3 is a mix of hatchback and SUV, manufactured in Tamil Nadu, India.

It is based on the C-Cubed Platform. Hence, it is directly targeted at the Indian market. Nevertheless, the lack of features is concerning for now.

Citroen C3 rivals Renault Kiger and Tata Punch.


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