Citroen Revealed New Basalt SUV-Coupe

Citroen Revealed New Basalt SUV-Coupe

Citroen has taken the wraps off the Basalt Vision, an all-new coupe-SUV, marking the fourth model under its C-Cubed program. This lineup already includes the C3 and eC3 hatchbacks and the C3 Aircross SUV. The Basalt Vision is set to hit the Indian market in the latter half of 2024 and, although currently labeled as a concept, Citroen assures that the final production model will stay true to this design.

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Citroen Basalt Side View

A Fresh Naming Approach and Global Ambitions

The Basalt, deviating from the traditional alpha-numeric 'C3' naming convention of the C-Cubed models, signifies a new direction for Citroen. This vehicle will not only cater to the Indian market but is also destined for export to South American regions.

Design and Aesthetics

The exterior of the Citroen Basalt closely mirrors that of the C3 Aircross, with minor tweaks like a different grille finish. It retains the chrome-lined Chevron logo, two-part grille, and faux silver skid plate. A notable upgrade is the introduction of projector headlamps, replacing the halogen units seen in other C-Cubed models. The LED DRL signature and bonnet design remain consistent.

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Citroen Basalt Rear 3-Quarter View

From the side, the Basalt showcases a unique profile with more squared-off wheel arch cladding, a pinched window line, and a smoothly flowing roofline that merges with the boot. The removal of door claddings reveals a contoured surface, with the C-pillar featuring a stylish blacked-out extension. The concept is adorned with stylish gun-metal finished alloy wheels which may be toned down for the production model. The pull-type door handles are retained from the C3 Aircross.

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Citroen Basalt Rear View

At the rear, the Basalt sports a short, stubby design with clean surfacing and newly designed tail lamps that are larger and feature new LED signatures. The bumper is chunky and dual-toned finished in black and silver.

Interior, Powertrain, and Specifications

While the interior details are yet to be revealed, it's expected that the dashboard will be carried over from the C3 Aircross, with added equipment. Automatic climate control, wireless charging, cruise control, push-button start, keyless entry, and electronic folding mirrors are among the expected facilities.

The Basalt will share its engine with other C-Cubed models, being powered by a 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine, paired with either a manual or torque converter automatic transmission. An all-electric version is also in the pipeline, expected to debut around six months after the petrol model's launch.

More details about the Citroen Basalt are expected to be released by mid-year, with the electric variant likely to follow by early 2025. The Basalt's entry into the midsize coupe-SUV segment, alongside models like the Tata Curvv, is set to add a new dimension to Citroen's offerings in the market.