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FIRST LOOK: New Citroen e-C3 Aircross. Is this £25k family SUV a winner? | Electrifying

FIRST LOOK: New Citroen e-C3 Aircross. Is this £25k family SUV a winner? | Electrifying

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Back in late 2022, managed to get an exclusive first drive of a concept car called the Citroen Oli. We loved it – and so did you. It’s the most watched video on the channel! At the time, were promised that all future Citroens would take their inspiration from that bold show car… So, has Citroen kept that promise with its latest new car – the Citroen e-C3 Aircross?

So, where does the Aircross fit in? Well, it’s a bit bigger than the dinky e-C3 hatchback, and is intended to offer a more practical, family-focussed electric SUV offering while still keeping things compact and affordable – hence a starting price of £25,000 and a range of up to 250 miles. For that money, we think it could be a big hit.

We haven’t driven it just yet, but you can find out everything there is to know about the Aircross, right here. Check out Nicola’s video of the Citroen e-C3, too, as it shares a platform, motors and a lot of its styling with this new, e-C3 Aircross.

The Citroen e-C3 Aircross uses the same basic bits as the e-C3, and also the Vauxhall Frontera. and that means a new 113bhp electric motor powering the front wheels along with a 44kWh or 54kWh battery pack, giving between 186 and 250 miles of official range.

The smaller battery is a LFP – or Lithium Ferro Phosphate – pack which is more bulky than the usual lithium-ion NMC batteries used in a lot of electric cars, but it’s also cheaper to make and should be more resistant to degradation too.

Both of the e-C3 Aircross’s batteries have 100kW DC fast charging capability, which means the battery can get from 20 to 80 percent capacity in 26 minutes on a suitable rapid charger. Standard AC recharging can be done at up to 11kW, or plug into a normal 7kW home wallbox and the battery will be full in 7- or 9 hours depending on which battery you’ve got.

Now, we need to talk about that motor, because 113bhp doesn’t sound like a lot. But, it’s more power than was offered in the original Nissan Leaf and about the same as a 1.4-litre petrol engine, so should be adequate, if not exciting. I like a bit of performance, but I actually admire that Citroen realises that we don’t all need 600bhp in a family SUV.

Join Nicki as she checks out the Citroen e-C3 Aircross for the first time. Has Citroen built a winner? Let us know in the comments below.


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