Groupe PSA, the parent firm for Citroen, is seeking to develop a mass-market electric vehicle for the Indian market
Citroen, one of the leading carmakers in France and a subsidiary of Groupe PSA, has set the mark in the Indian market through the launch of its premium C5 Aircross SUV in April this year. The company has also laid down plans of expanding its portfolio with the C21 SUV, next in line for launch.
However, official reports indicate that the automaker has signaled a low-cost CC21 SUV that would be rolled out in the Indian market by late 2022.
It has been speculated that the idea behind launch of EVs in the country follows Groupe PSA’s plans of focusing on cleaner vehicle for India, which not only includes EVs, but flex-fuel vehicles as well. In fact, the upcoming Citroen EV would emerge out to be the electric version of CC21 mini-SUV, whose launch is estimated to take place anytime this year.
According to reliable sources, the Citroen CC21 EV, or eCC21, would be underpinned by the brand’s e-CMP architecture, which has been co-designed with its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor. Although the e-CMP platform handles battery capacity of up to 50 kWh and an electric motor up to 100 kilowatts, it has been alleged that the Indian model would boast of a relatively smaller-motor combo to reduce manufacturing costs.
Importantly, credible reports have suggested that the vehicle would be available with a 30kWh battery pack, which currently feels to be bit expensive for the segment in which the car would be launched.
However, soon to be launched eCC21 is likely to be priced around Rs. 8 lakhs, making it one of the most affordable electric vehicles in the global market. However, company officials have mentioned that the launch window of this novel automobile is bit away.