Citroen C3 Aircross, Citroen Basalt, Citroen C3X global debut on March 27, 2024

Citroen C3X SUV Coupe has been christened Basalt, will rival the Tata Curvv and other mid-size SUVs in India.

Citroen’s upcoming SUV coupe which was so far known as the C3X, has been christened Basalt.  The Basalt’s SUV coupe’s exterior design will be revealed on March 27, 2024; the French brand has confirmed.  The Citroen Basalt’s interior will be revealed at a later date.

  • Citroen Basalt will be based on the CMP platform
  • Will have more features than Citroen C3 Aircross
  • Expected to go on sale in the coming months

Citroen Basalt:  second C-Segment offering from the brand

Citroen’s Basalt SUV coupe will be positioned slightly above than the brand’s C3 Aircross SUV which is essentially a more practical and conventional looking alternative to the Basalt.  While both Citroen SUVs will have a lot in common, the Basalt SUV coupe will offer a four-door coupe-like design coupled with a high riding stance and will be aimed squarely at the upcoming Tata Curvv SUV coupe.

The teaser released by Citroen shows stylish slant-back profile highlighting its coupe-like roofline that neatly merges with a short boot-lid.  The Citroen Basalt however, will come with a lift-back type tailgate similar to what we see on the Skoda Superb.  The teaser also shows its stylish taillamp design which looks similar to the more premium Euro-spec C3 hatchback.

As reported earlier, the Basalt will have quite a few bits shared with the C3 Aircross. These will include the CMP modular platform,  a few body panels and powertrain.  As far as styling goes, the Basalt will have a similar nose but will have some premium touches like additional chrome bits to differentiate it from the C3 Aircross.  The Basalt will have similar ground clearance to the C3 Aircross, large alloy wheels and rugged-looking plastic cladding all around among other bits.

Citroen Basalt to have more features than C3 Aircross

The C3 hatchback and the C3 Aircross haven’t seen desirable sales numbers due to the blatant cost-cutting and feature omissions. Dealers at the moment are still having a good chunk of unsold MY2023 stocks that are being disposed off at mouthwatering discounts.

As reported by us recently, learning from the C3 and C3 Aircross, Citroen went back to the drawing and will equip the Basalt with more features right from its market launch.

There are talks of features like electric folding wing mirrors, automatic climate control, cruise control, wireless charging, LED headlamps, push-button start and keyless entry could be part of the feature list for on the Basalt SUV coupe.

Citroen Basalt powertrain highlights

In India, the upcoming Citroen Basalt X will be powered by the same 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol that powers the C3 Aircross and the C3 hatchback. This engine will be mated to either a manual or torque converter automatic transmission.  Citroen will bring an EV based on the Basalt but that is still some time away.

Citroen C3X India launch details

Citroen Basalt’s exterior design will be revealed in full on March 27,2024. The brand will reveal the Basalt’s interior and features at a later date and a market launch will take place in the coming months.

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