Citroen Basalt vs C3 Aircross: Exploring the Differences

Citroen Basalt vs C3 Aircross: Exploring the Differences

Citroen recently introduced the Basalt coupe-SUV for the Indian market, marking the brand's fourth model based on the C-Cubed program. This new vehicle shares its underpinnings with other body styles on the modular CMP architecture, including the C3 and eC3 hatchbacks, the C3 Aircross SUV, and now, the Basalt coupe-SUV. While Citroen has not disclosed precise dimensions yet, it is expected to measure around 4.3 meters in length, placing it in the midsize SUV segment. 

Currently, only the exterior design of the Basalt has been unveiled, allowing us to examine the similarities and differences between it and its SUV counterpart, the C3 Aircross. 

Comparison of Citroen Basalt and C3 Aircross: Front Design

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Citroen Basalt  Front View and C3 Aircross Front View

At first glance, the Basalt and the C3 Aircross appear quite similar from the front, with perhaps a bit more distinction desired.   However, one notable upgrade is the Basalt's projector headlamps with a smoked effect, contrasting with the halogen units on the C3 Aircross. Additionally, the inserts on the grille are finished in different colors on each model. Moreover, the trim between the Chevron logo and the upper grille differs in the finish, being blacked out on the C3 Aircross and body-colored on the Basalt. 

Comparison of Citroen Basalt and C3 Aircross: Side Profile

While the Basalt and the C3 Aircross share similar body panels until the front door, their distinct identities become apparent beyond that point. The C3 Aircross, being an SUV with three rows of modular seating, exhibits an MPV-like silhouette, appearing long and upright. In contrast, the Basalt features a sloping roofline and a more pronounced shoulder line giving it a distinct appearance. The window line on the Basalt is pinched towards the rear, and the wheel arches feature squared-out cladding with a gloss finish. Additionally, the C-pillar extension differs between the two models, and the Basalt does not have the same dual-tone paint finish for the roof. 

Comparison of Citroen Basalt and C3 Aircross: Rear Design 

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Citroen Basalt Rear View and C3 Aircross Rear View

The rear design of the Basalt and the C3 Aircross differs significantly, primarily due to their rooflines. The C3 Aircross boasts an upright tailgate with a wraparound rear windscreen, while the Basalt features a notchback-like form with a taller boot lid. The rear windscreen of the Basalt does not wrap around, and the tailgate is more contoured. Furthermore, the rear lamps on the Basalt are larger and feature new LED signatures. However, the rear bumper treatment is largely similar between the two models. 

Additional Details about Citroen Basalt 

Although Citroen has not yet revealed the Basalt's interior, it is expected to share similarities with the C3 Aircross, albeit with additional equipment. The Basalt will be powered by the 110hp, 1.2-liter turbo-petrol engine, available with either a manual or torque converter automatic transmission. 

Citroen plans to unveil more details about the Basalt in the middle of the year, with sales expected to commence in the second half of 2024. Upon its release, the Basalt will compete with the Tata Curvv and other midsize SUVs. Together with the Curvv, the Basalt represents the emergence of a new midsize coupe-SUV class which is likely to include electric variants in the future, along with Mahindra's upcoming electric coupe-SUVs.