Since Citroën unveiled the fourth generation C3 in electric form, we must refer to the car as the ë-C3 model. The novelty is based on the Smart Car platform, which the Stellantis concern originally developed for battery cars. At the same time, the platform is flexible enough to allow the installation of internal combustion engines. However, we do not yet know if this will apply to the new Citroën C3 for European markets. The manufacturer is currently only talking about electric versions.

The new Citroën ë-C3 immediately catches the eye with its distinctive appearance, based on the brand’s new design language, which the carmaker first presented with the Oli concept in 2022. It is particularly characterized by the contrast of vertical and horizontal elements, but the lights are also striking, and notice that the car is already decorated with a new oval logo with double arrows.

While the current generation represents a more or less classic hatchback of the B segment, the fourth interpretation is aimed more at crossovers. It remains compact in size, measuring 401 cm in length and 176 cm in width, but the height of the car is already 157 cm and the ground clearance has increased to 163 cm.

The new ë-C3 is powered by an 83 kW (113 hp) electric motor, with which the new model accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in approximately 11 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 135 km/h. The engine draws energy from an LFP (lithium-iron-phosphate) battery with a capacity of 44 kWh, which should be enough for a range of almost 320 km – of course according to the WLTP cycle.

Take a look at the video with the new Citroën ë-C3.Video: Citroën

The car handles direct current (DC) charging with a power of 100 kW, allowing the battery to be recharged from 20 to 80% capacity in 26 minutes. Recharging from 20 to 80% using standard AC current takes approximately 4 hours 10 minutes using 7 kW, or 2 hours 50 minutes if 11 kW is available.

In addition, Citroën is preparing a version with a shorter range of 200 km, due to arrive in 2025. And, of course, it will cost less than the version with a larger battery. But we’ll get to the prices later.

Let’s first look at the interior, which should be more spacious compared to its predecessor. The luggage compartment offers a volume of 310 liters.

Citroën calls the cabin concept C-Zen Lounge. It is dominated by a wide dashboard, lined with vertical air vents. It is divided into two different levels, with technical elements on top and a fabric-covered part below, whose appearance is inspired by the world of sofas.

The absence of a traditional instrument panel is interesting, as the ë-C3 offers for the first time a new head-up display that displays vehicle information on a glossy black section between the upper part of the dashboard and the lower part of the windshield. In the middle of the dashboard there is a color infotainment screen with a diagonal of up to 10.25 inches, which is slightly angled towards the driver.

Citroën also prides itself on its emphasis on comfort, which is why the car has been equipped with Citroën Advanced Comfort seats, equipped with reinforced foam, which are supposed to be extremely comfortable. The deployment of a suspension system with double progressive hydraulic stops is also related to comfort.

The new Citroën ë-C3, which will be produced in Trnava, Slovakia, will arrive on the market in the second quarter of next year. The carmaker is enticing with an “irresistible offer”, the novelty is supposed to be the first affordable electric car produced in Europe. The price should start at 23,300 euros, which translates to about 574 thousand crowns.

A cheaper version with a range of 200 km, which will appear in 2025, is even expected to cost 19,990 euros, i.e. roughly 490 thousand crowns.