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Citroen C3 to Get 6-Speed Torque-Converter AT in 2023

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The transmission from Aisin should give it an advantage in a segment filled with standard AMT automatics.

The Citroen C3, the brand’s second offering in India, was introduced last month, and while you can read our full review of the vehicle here, the lack of an automatic transmission at launch was a significant omission. The automatic transmission was always promised for the future, and now we know when and what to expect.

  • 6-speed torque converter sourced from Aisin
  • Similar unit used by VW, Skoda and MG
  • New-gen 1.2 petrol engines coming too

Torque Converter Amongst AMTs

The C3’s body style and design may give its positioning some ambiguity, but its pricing places it squarely among mid-range hatchbacks such as the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Maruti Suzuki Swift and Ignis, and subcompact and entry-level SUVs such as the Tata Punch and lower variants of the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.

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Torque Converter Amongst AMTs
Torque Converter Amongst AMTs

All of these vehicles use AMTs or automated manual gearboxes, which are a more cost-effective solution to driving with two pedals. This helps keep prices reasonable in these segments, but for the convenience an AMT provides, its shifting speed and smoothness are compromised.

A 6-Speed Automatic Manufactured by Aisin

The torque-converter automatic is considered by many to be the most conventional automatic transmission, and it is arguably the smoothest in the broadest range of driving conditions. Citroen will source the 6-speed gearbox for the C3 from Japanese transmission manufacturer Aisin. This gearbox belongs to the same family as those used in the Skoda Kushaq and Slavia, the Volkswagen Taigun and Virtus for their 1.0 TSI engines, and the MG Astor for its 1.3 turbo-petrol engine.

This will undoubtedly be more expensive than an AMT, but Stellantis (formerly Groupe PSA) has installed the Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission in a number of Peugeot and Citroen models, including the European Citroen C3. Furthermore, the use of a robust and smooth torque-converter automatic is consistent with Citroen India’s strategy for the C3 – making no engineering or mechanical sacrifices while saving money elsewhere in the vehicle.

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Citroen C3
Citroen C3

Will have Locally Assembled New-Generation Gasoline Engines

The engine, or rather two versions of the 1.2-liter 3-cylinder ‘Puretech’ gasoline engine, is a component of this robust mechanical package. Citroen India will launch the upgraded third-generation versions of the 82hp naturally aspirated and 110hp turbo engines in the second half of next year, most likely alongside the introduction of the automatic transmission.

It is anticipated that power outputs and performance will remain unchanged, but new electronics will likely result in reduced emissions and enhanced fuel economy. Moreover, while the engines are imported at present, Citroen India intends to heavily localize the next-generation models when they are introduced.

When it was introduced, the Citroen C3 lacked in a few areas, but the introduction of this premium automatic transmission could be what entices people back to the robustly engineered subcompact SUV.

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