Citroen, Stellantis’ French brand, is working on three low-cost vehicles, one of which is a Dacia Spring competitor dubbed “Citroen eCC21.” The donor model of the eCC21, internally known as the “Citroen CC21,” will debut in September 2021, according to a report from challenges.fr.
Citroen had intended to reveal the CC21 on May 20, 2021.However, given that the target markets are still dealing with the coronavirus epidemic (as well as a semiconductor scarcity), the future model is expected to be delayed. In September 2021, the company will launch the new model in India and Brazil at the same time. According to the article, client deliveries might begin within a month after the launch.
Citroen is working on the aforementioned cheap automobiles as part of its “C Cubed” programme, with hopes to build them in the aforementioned emerging markets. They would be sold for less than EUR 10,000, and their electric equivalents would be similarly priced. Furthermore, the Citroen eCC21, one of the EVs from the C Cubed, is relevant to the EU, where the next-generation Citroen C3 is going pure electric.
In fact, Citroen is currently testing prototypes in Europe (photos on Motor.es), and while the affordable car may not appear in its current form, its platform or components will play a significant part in the construction of the future e-C3.
Design Of Citroen CC21:
ElectricVehicleWeb has already provided an exclusive depiction of the future Citroen electric car, which has been designated as the display image of this article, based on information obtained from spy media. It can also be considered a preview of the Citroen CC21, which will be released in May, as the electric version will be distinguished by unique appearance.
With a tall, squarish body, somewhat increased ground clearance, two-tier headlights, and roof rails, the tiny hatchback looks like an SUV. LED DRLs with turn indications would be housed in squarish modules and positioned along the top of the headlamps, with primary lamps positioned below. For years, Citroen designers have been working on split headlamps, from before they were a global trend.
The micro-rough SUV’s look is enhanced by the hefty underbody armour, which also makes it more practical in overcoming damaged roads and speed breakers. The grilles have been closed because there isn’t a combustion engine behind them that requires a lot of cooling.
Rushlane.com published an image in November of last year that displayed the side angle of the Citroen EV donor vehicle. It had exposed a squarish back window that was supposed to let plenty of light into the cabin. Because of the angle of the shot and the camouflage, the C-Pillar appears thicker.
Roof rails and a spoiler are likely on the top-end model. We received spy photographs of the CC21 from its testing on the Chennai-Bengaluru route before this sighting, thanks to Romit, who shared them with motorbeam.com. The Citroen CC21 began road testing in early 2020.
According to The Economic Times, Groupe PSA (now Stellantis) wants to launch the cheap Citroen electric car in its maiden market (India) in 2022. The pure electric variant, on the other hand, may not arrive on time, at least not before mid-to-late 2022, due to the donor model’s delays.
Citroen will strive to capture new markets or markets where it is losing ground, such as Brazil, with the CC21, which appears to have the attractiveness and versatility to attract customers to its showrooms. In these nations, the vehicle could become the Citroen C3 series.
Platform And Manufacturing Of Citroen CC21:
Citroen will produce the CC21 and eCC21 in Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, India. Later in Europe, the manufacturer may release a new model with a different design and higher quality. Citroen CEO Vincent Cobee stated, “We can use the (CC21’s) base throughout Europe, but with aesthetically distinct vehicles.”
A pure electric engine option should be available on the European model, which is most likely the next-generation C3.
The Citroen CC21 and Citroen Citroen eCC21 will be based on the CMP and eCMP platforms, but with a significantly reduced specification and a strong level of local content. To compete with the Citroen C3, which starts at EUR 14,500 in Euro-spec, the CC21 would have to start at under EUR 10,000.
The CMP was co-developed by Groupe PSA and its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor. Many European EVs, like the Peugeot e-208, Peugeot e-2008, DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, and Opel Corsa-e, are built on the eCMP platform. A 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 100 kW electric motor are shared by these e-CMP platform cars. Their WLTP ranges are 340 kilometers, 310 kilometers, 320 kilometers, and 330 kilometers, respectively. To fit the emerging market’s price expectations, the Citroen eCC21 will have a significantly smaller battery and a more cautious range.