Citroen Will Launch Entry Level Electric Car For Just Rs 8 Lakhs, Will Introduce Flexi-Fuel System Vehicles
French auto company Groupe PSA is preparing to enter the Indian market through the Citroen brand. The company has also started testing its premium midsize SUV C5 Aircross, which has also been spotted several times. The company will build it at the CK Birla Group facility in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu. At the same time, the company will focus on electric vehicles, which will cost less than 1 million.
SUV Name eCC21
Given the potential of electric vehicles in India, the company will focus on the electric vehicle segment. The company will also introduce a small electric car in India, priced at Rs 8 lakh. The company has named this SUV eCC21. This SUV will be a mini crossover utility vehicle. The company will launch it around the year 2022. Citroen’s new electric car will be launched at the same time Hyundai will launch its first electric car in India. At the same time, other automakers Mahindra, Reno, Tata and Maruti Suzuki will also launch their own electric cars. Mahindra will introduce its small electric car eKUV100, Renault Kwid EV and Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Electric. At the same time, Tata will launch HBX EV.
Focus on entry level electric car segment
The focus of automakers these days is on the entry level electric car segment. Maruti’s electric wagon R has been tested for the last one year and it has been spotted many times. There were reports that Maruti was to launch it this year, but its launch was postponed due to Corona. While Tata Motors is working on the anti-level EV HBX, its concept model has also been introduced at the 2018 Auto Expo. At the same time, Renault’s Kwid will also be an entry level electric car.
Target 3,000 units annually
Citroen has set a sales target of 3,000 units per year for its electric UV eCC21 in India. However, before this, the company will launch its flagship mid-size SUV C5 Aircorss, which can be launched early next year. At the same time, the company will launch Subcompact UV CC21, which can be brought in the festive season next year. Recently, it has also been spotted during testing.
The subcompact UV CC21 will feature a flexi fuel system, which will get a 1.2 liter petrol engine. The special thing will be that its petrol motor will also be able to run on ethanol along with petrol. This means that it will be the first biofuel car in India. The company hopes that with the introduction of this UV, it will strengthen its hold in the Indian market.
What is c-cube program
The CC21 product is based on Citroen’s smart car platform C-Cube program. Which is specially designed for the Indian market. It is also called Common Modular Platform (CMP), on which Peugeot 208 is also built. The CC21 biofuel and electric version will also be offered in the other cars, the CC24, which will compete with the Kia Sonnet and Hyundai Venue. It will be introduced in 2022.
Benefits of Ethanol Fuel
For the last few years, the government has been pushing the auto sector to develop flexi fuel systems to automakers. So that the cost of fuel imported from abroad can be reduced. Ethanol blended petrol not only reduces the emission of corn dye oxide but also increases the octane value of the fuel, which improves the performance of the engine. At present, the oil companies in the country are giving only 5-7% ethanol blend petrol, which should be up to 10%. The special thing is that there is no need for any kind of modification in the new internal combustion engine for its use.