Citroen has taken the wraps off the 4th gen C3—which will be offered initially as an all-electric e-C3, scheduled to go on sale in select markets in Europe in the second quarter of 2024 with a starting price of €23,300. In 2025, the company plans to introduce an even more affordable e-C3 variant with a starting price of €19,990.
The new e-C3 sports Citroen’s new design language with the brand’s new oval logo. The new design language is almost a departure compared to Citroen’s current lineup of cars which includes the very stylish C4, C4 X and C5 X. Citroen says that this new design language was first previewed in 2022 with the Oli concept, which is kinda true if you consider the new logo, the shape of the front fascia and the design of headlights and taillights. The side profile, especially the C-pillar design where the two paints meet, still bears a resemblance to the old design.
In Europe, the new e-C3 will be available in ‘You’ and ‘Max’ trims, with the latter boasting 17-inch alloy wheels, a two-tone paint finish, front & rear skid plates, LED taillight signatures, auto wipers, and power-folding and heated door mirrors. LED headlights and so-called Citroen Advanced Comfort Suspension come standard.
As for paint options, there are five: Polar White, Montecarlo Blue, Elixir Red, Mercury Grey and Perla Nera Black. For two-tone paint, buyers get to choose from black or white contrasting roofs.
Inside, the redesigned dashboard houses a 10.25-inch touchscreen (standard on ‘Max’ trim) with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay compatibility. You can also notice a tiny digital cluster. Other key highlights depending on the trim include a leatherette-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, auto AC, TEP/Fabric seats, wireless smartphone charging, all four power windows, rear privacy glass, and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror.
Safety features include Active Safety Brake, Active Lane Departure Warning System, Driver Attention Alert, Coffee Break Alert, Speed Limit Recognition, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Intelligent Beam Headlights, and Rear Parking Sensors.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the new e-C3 is powered by a single electric motor at the front that develops 83 kW (113 metric hp) and yet-to-be-disclosed amount of torque. Compared with the India-spec e-C3, this global model packs more power. In fact, the power is more than all the ICE-powered C3s. For those interested to know the official performance figures, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 11 seconds and the top speed is 135 km/h (84 mph).
The motor draws juice from a 44 kWh LFP (Lithium Ferro Phosphate) battery pack that is estimated to deliver a WLTP range of up to 320 km (199 mi). The battery pack can take up to 100 kW DC fast charging which is claimed to allow recharging from 20 to 80% capacity in 26 minutes. Standard AC recharging, from 20% to 80%, takes around 4 hours and 10 minutes using 7 kW power, or 2 hours and 50 minutes if 11 kW is available. The aforementioned cheaper variant is claimed to offer a range of up to 200 km (124 mi).