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Citroen C21 Compact SUV (Hyundai Venue Rival) in the Works

Citroen C3-XR compact SUV

French automaker, Citroen will officially launch its first model – the C5 Aircross in the Indian market this year. A new media report claims that Citroen has already started working on an all-new compact SUV, internally codenamed Citroen C21. This small SUV will sit under 4 meter in length and will challenge the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and others.

Besides compact SUV, Citroen is also readying an all-new compact sedan and hatchback. These vehicles are internally called “C-Cubed” and will be based on a common platform with unique top hats. The new cars will be based on a modified version of the platform that underpins the Citroen C3 hatchback and the Peugeot 208.

Citroen C3 Aircross top view

The report further claims that Citroen has started testing the new platform. In fact, a test mule has been spotted with Peugeot 208’s bodyshell with higher ground clearance and a massive gap in its wheel wells. The upcoming compact SUV will come with high level of localisation (close to 95%) and is expected to be priced aggressively in the market. Also See – Made-in-India Citroen compact SUV in the works

The Citroen C21 compact SUV is currently in early stages of testing and will have unconventional styling with design inspiration from the current-gen C3. Under the bonnet, the sub-4 meter SUV is likely to be offered with 3 engine options. The engine line-up likely to include a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine along with a turbocharged version of the same unit. Adding to it, the SUV will also receive a 1.5-litre DV5 diesel engine. It is likely to receive a locally developed 6-speed manual gearbox along with an automatic unit.

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