This is the new Citroen e-C3, and it’s set to be one of the most affordable electric cars on the market. Read on for all you need to know.
- New Citroen e-C3 revealed
- Affordable electric SUV
- Styling inspired by the Oli concept
- Up to 199 miles of range
- Costs less than £23,000
- On sale early next year
It’s a funky-looking thing, and it offers up to 200 miles of range. The main selling point will be the price though, as this car is set to cost less than £23,000.
New Citroen e-C3 design
Value for money is important these days, but for a lot of people looking cool is also a high priority. Thankfully, the new Citroen e-C3 seems to tick both of those boxes.
The front end design appears to have been heavily inspired by the Citroen Oli concept from last year. That upright nose and the square C-shaped headlights look to be lifted straight from that car, and the upright windscreen gives it a slightly rugged appearance. The new Citroen logo is also sitting proud on the nose.
The boxy theme continues down the side, where you’ll also find some tough-looking black cladding to fend off those nasty shopping trollies in the supermarket car park. Being a more affordable model, you get either 16- or 17-inch steel wheels as standard, with 17-inch alloys available on higher-spec models.
The taillights has a similar C-shaped design to the lamps at the front, and there’s yet more plastic cladding on the lower bumper which will help avoid paintwork damage in the urban jungle.
New Citroen e-C3 batteries and range
The new Citroen e-C3 uses a different battery to other electric models in the range. This budget-friendly car uses a 44kWh pack delivering up to 199 miles of range.
That makes it much more usable than something like a Honda e, as that car only has 131 miles of range. Citroen is also planning to launch a more affordable version with 124 miles of range, and it could cost from around £17,500.
That version would be more in line with the likes of the Dacia Spring, a car which offers a claimed range of 137 miles. The spring is quite a bit less powerful though, getting up to 65hp from a single electric motor.
New Citroen e-C3 motors and performance
That makes the e-C3 seem like a Porsche 911 by comparison. It uses a 113hp electric motor powering the front wheels, and will propel the car from 0-60mph in around 11 seconds, compared to almost 14.0-seconds in the Spring.
New Citroen e-C3 interior and infotainment
For an affordable model, the Citroen e-C3’s interior actually looks like quite a nice place to be. There’s some funky-looking fabric on the dashboard to lift the mood somewhat, and the two-spoke steering wheel looks pretty cool as well.
Entry-level models don’t actually get an infotainment system, but have a mount for your phone instead. This allows you to access the radio, music streaming and sat nav through an app, which helps to keep the cost down.
All other models have a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and all cars have a neat digital driver’s display mounted high-up on the dashboard.
How much is the new Citroen e-C3?
The new Citroen e-C3 will cost less than £23,000 when it goes on sale next year, and an even more affordable version will be available in 2025 with less range. Prices for that car haven’t been confirmed yet, however it could cost around £17,500.
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