Electric cars will become the mobility standard as prices become affordable for the vast majority of the market. At Citroën they know this and their most recent electrified proposal, the ë-C3aims to conquer the European consumer with a “groundbreaking” price.
The new Citroën ë-C3 is, in reality, the fourth generation of the classic C3, its most popular model and belonging to the B segment. From the beginning, the French manufacturer’s objective was to create a vehicle whose quality-price ratio is, for the moment, unsurpassed. And, although it is within reach of more pockets, that does not mean that it has given up its quality of construction or equipment, to mention just a couple of items.
“The all-electric ë-C3 proudly leads the fourth generation of Citroën’s most popular car, which has sold more than 5.6 million units since the launch of the first generation in 2002.”
A cutting-edge design
The Citroën ë-C3 is so important for the future of the brand that they are launching a new logo, which will expand to the rest of the products as time goes by.
The Citroën ë-C3 measures 4.01 meters long, 1.76 meters wide and 1.57 meters high. Its exterior design inherits some elements seen in the Citroën Oli, the concept that debuted in 2022. The most obvious: its C-shaped front and rear lights.
One of the most distinctive points of the Citroën ë-C3 is that it displays black plastic lower moldings, which will allow it to contrast with the bodywork. The latter, by the way, relies on multiple aerodynamic lines that will vary the reflection of light. In general, we are looking at a model with sporty characterespecially in its higher performance version.
“Visible in the side profile are the technically sculpted front and rear lines that flow across the beltline to the new headlight clusters and subtle creases in the door panels, which capture light and add visual interest. “
Inside, the Citroën ë-C3 offers all the basics we could expect from a 100% electric utility car. The first thing that will attract attention is its space, suitable for occupants to feel comfortable. The manufacturer mentions that it is more spacious than the predecessor model. In addition, multiple compartments have been integrated for passengers to store objects.
The dashboard will steal your attention, first of all, due to the design of its steering wheel, which has a rectangular shape. However, it does not seem to be uncomfortable when driving. Of course, behind it we do not see the classic instrument panel. At the top there is a small screen with basic vehicle information.
The central region, meanwhile, features a 10.25-inch multimedia screen. The system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. One thing you should consider is that The most basic version of the Citroën ë-C3 does not have this panel. You have to connect a smartphone and use a special application to access the infotainment functions.
The electric offer of the Citroën ë-C3
Moving on to the engine, the Citroën ë-C3 stands out for its automatic transition and the 83 kW/113 HP electric motor. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 11 seconds and its maximum speed is 135 km/h. In this type of vehicle it is more than enough.
The Citroën ë-C3 incorporates a 44 kWh LFP battery pack, which allows it to offer a autonomy of up to 320 km —under WLTP consumption approval—.
It is also compatible with 100 kW DC fast charging. It can go from 20 to 80% in just 26 minutes. Of course, with the standard 7 kW recharge, that same capacity will take 4.10 hours.
“Accessing AC charging facilities, both domestic and public, is easy with the supplied standard Mode 3 cable, which is ideal for regular recharging at home, as well as out and about at public charging stations,” the company mentions.
The price, the key to everything
The Citroën ë-C3 will be available in Spain during the second half of 2024 for 23,800 euros. Be careful, this price still does not include the aid from the MOVES III plan, which can give you a discount of up to 7,000 euros. The manufacturer intends to launch an even cheaper version. Specifically, 19,990 euros. However, it will take until 2025.