It seems like Citroen is working on the CNG version of its newly-launched C3 premium hatchback. Recently a test mule of the Citroen C3 CNG was caught on camera with heavy camouflage. Though, one can notice its Orange paint scheme. As of now, there is no official information on the same. Even if launched, the CNG version will come with the 1.2L naturally aspirated Puretech petrol engine with the factory-fitted CNG kit. Its power and torque figures could be slightly lower than the gasoline unit. The latter delivers a peak power of 82bhp and 115Nm of torque.
The new Citroen hatchback is also available with a 1.2L, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor that’s good for 110bhp and 190Nm. Both motors are currently available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. If reports are to be believed, the company will introduce a 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox sourced from Aisin in the second half of 2023. It will be the first car in its category to offer torque convertor automatic transmission.
Reports suggest that the Citroen C3 will be unveiled with electric powertrain by December 2022. The model will come with the Peugeot e-208’s 50kWh battery pack and an electric motor (136PS/260Nm). It promises a range of up to 362km in a single charge. The premium hatchback could also be offered with the multiple battery size options.
Citroen’s new hatchback has been packed with lots of goodies including a large 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a digital instrument cluster, a four-speaker sound system, manual air conditioning, front and rear USB charging ports and more. With respect to safety, the hatch offers dual airbags, seatbelt reminders and rear parking sensors. Though, it misses out on features such as powered wing mirror adjustment, rear windscreen wiper and defogger, a day/night IRVM, a tachometer and a central lock/unlock button for the doors.