Citroën has announced the prices of the all-electric E-C3 hatchback that was revealed for the Indian market a month ago. It is available in two trims: Live and Feel, priced at 11.50 lakh and 12.13 lakh, respectively. The prices are introductory and ex-showroom, Delhi.
|Feel + Vibe Pack||12,28,000|
|Feel dual-tone + Vibe Pack||12,43,000|
Visually, the E-C3 doesn’t look any different compared with its ICE-powered sibling except for an ‘e’ badge on the front doors and a charging port on the front right fender. But since this is a low-budget EV conversion, it still has that fuel port door on the left side. What are you gonna do with that fuel port? Well, absolutely nothing; just leave it as is, just like the folks at Citroen did. But anyway, the top-spec Feel trim gets LED running lights and gloss black roof rails. Dual-tone paint scheme is an optional extra on the Feel trim. You got 9 dual-tone combinations to choose from and 4 customization packs.
On the inside too, things don’t look all that different except that on the centre console, the gear shifter is replaced with a small toggle for selecting R N D. An Eco mode button is positioned right next to this toggle. The rest of the features and creature comforts have been carried over from the ICE-powered model, including a 10.2-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity. As for safety features, you get two front airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belt reminder, and rear parking sensors as standard across both trims. The Feel trim also gets speed-sensitive auto door lock function.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the E-C3 is powered by a single electric motor at the front that offers 42 kW (57 metric hp) and 143 Nm (105 lb-ft) of torque. Which means the E-C3’s main rival is gonna be the entry-level Tiago EV (45 kW/61 metric hp, 110 Nm/81 lb-ft). But anyway, the E-C3 is claimed to be capable of a top speed of 107 km/h (66 mph), if you’re interested in such things in such a car.
A 29.2 kWh battery pack (Lithium Iron Phosphate) is claimed to offer a range of up to 320 km (199 mi) as per MIDC standards. The battery pack is apparently naturally cooled. Citroën claims that the battery pack has been tested in temperatures ranging between -10 to +55 degrees, and the pack is nail penetration resistant. But I’m not entirely sure how this “natural cooling” is gonna affect the range.
As for warranty, Citroën is offering 7 years or 140,000 km on the battery, 5 years or 100,000 km on the motor and 3 years or 125,000 km on the vehicle itself.