Citroen is going to an all-electric drivetrain for the fourth generation C3. The French manufacturer is transitioning to zero emissions with the launch of the 2024 e-C3 on the European market, where it will go on sale with a starting price of roughly $24,500 (23,300 Euros), after more than 5.6 million sales of combustion-powered C3s. In 2025, an even more cost-effective entry-level model is anticipated, making it one of the most cheap EVs on the Old Continent. Later, I’ll go into more detail about that, but first, let’s look at what this new supermini offers.
The model, which is based on Stellantis’ Smart Car Platform, comes with a totally different design language than its predecessor. What was once a conventional compact hatchback has changed.into a more crossover-like machine with wheels positioned as far to the edges as possible. Combined with the high roof line, this creates a significantly roomier cabin with Citroen saying that occupants now enjoy 1.18 inches of additional headroom and 0.8 inches of added knee room. The cargo area behind the rear seats has grown slightly from 10.59 cubic feet to 10.94 cubic feet.
2024 Citroen e-C3
However, the most significant alterations occur below the skin. A all electric powertrain has now replaced the old model’s combustion engines. The 2024 e-C3 has a WLTP cycle-measured range of up to 199 miles (320 km) between two charges using a 44 kilowatt-hour lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery. A 113-horsepower electric motor installed on the front axle provides power, enabling a sprint from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 kph) in around 11 seconds. On a 7 kilowatt charger, it takes roughly four hours to charge the battery from 20 to 80%. The 100-kW CCS port at a DC fast charging station should cut down that time to under 30 minutes.
The new e-C3 will be available from Citroen in two trim levels, You and Max, with the base model coming equipped with cruise control, LED lighting, an emergency braking system, a head-up display, motorized side mirrors, and rear parking sensors. Added perks include 17-inch alloy wheels, two-tone exterior paint, auto wipers, power-folding and heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, wireless phone charging, and others when you upgrade to the Max grade.
According to the aforementioned conversion rates, the starting price for sales will be $24,500 (or 23,300 Euros). Citroen will also introduce a model in 2025 with a smaller battery pack that offers a range of 124 miles (200 km) on a single charge and a sticker price of about $21,050 (19,990 Euros). This will increase the e-C3 one of the most affordable EVs in Europe almost matching the starting price of the Dacia Spring, which is currently available at $22,300 (20,800 Euros) in France before the local incentives.