Citroën Basalt Will Pack FCA Engines and Fastback Crossover Design

New Compact Fastback Crossover Will Be For South American and Indian Markets...

Following in the footsteps of the successful Fiat Fastback, another Stellantis brand is looking to add its own fastback crossover to its portfolio. Citroën is looking to grow its international portfolio with its latest offering – the 2025 Citroën Basalt. Building upon the success of its predecessors and embracing a new era of automotive design and engineering, the Basalt promises to deliver unparalleled style, performance, and comfort.

2025 Citroën Basalt Crossover. (Citroën).

Drawing inspiration from its sibling, the popular C3 Aircross, the Basalt boasts a sleek and dynamic design. With its fastback silhouette and distinctive details, it exudes an air of sophistication and modernity.

Built upon the Stellantis Common Modular Platform (CMP) architecture, the Basalt measures in at approximately 167 inches in length, 68 inches in width, and 66 inches in height. The compact fastback crossover looks to balance agility and spaciousness. With a wheelbase of 105 inches ensures stability on the road while providing ample room in its segment for passengers and cargo alike.

2025 Citroën Basalt Crossover. (Citroën).

Under the hood, the Basalt packs a punch with its 1.0 Turbo Flex 200 engine, belonging to the renowned FCA FireFly engine family. Delivering 130 horsepower with ethanol and 125 horsepower with gasoline, along with 150 lb.-ft. of torque, this engine ensures responsive acceleration and effortless cruising.

Paired with a CVT automatic transmission that simulates seven gears, the Basalt offers smooth and seamless shifts, making every drive a pleasure. And for those seeking even more power, a higher-performance variant featuring the 1.3 Turbo Flex 270 engine from the Jeep® Renegade will be available in 2025, delivering 185 horsepower and 203 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, according to our sources.

1.0 Turbo Flex 200 engine. (Stellantis).

Inside the Basalt, passengers are greeted with a spacious and inviting cabin designed for maximum comfort and convenience. With premium materials and thoughtful touches throughout, every journey becomes an experience to savor.

The panoramic sunroof, available on select models, floods the interior with natural light, creating an open and airy atmosphere. And with advanced infotainment and connectivity features, including touchscreen displays and smartphone integration, staying connected on the go has never been easier.

2025 Citroën Basalt Crossover. (Citroën).

Equipped with the latest safety and technology features, the Basalt offers peace of mind for both driver and passengers. From advanced driver assistance systems to passive safety features, such as airbags and reinforced body structure, the Basalt is engineered to protect and prevent accidents.

Additionally, with features such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking, the Basalt ensures a safe and confident driving experience in any situation.

The 2025 Citroën Basalt will begin production at the Stellantis Porto Real Assembly Complex in Brazil, in the second half of this year. The Basalt will go on sale in select markets in South America and the Indian market.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Why be part of Stellantis if the rapid sharing of R and D for one brand can not be adopted to another. This might not be a perfect fit, but could not this platform or some of the Peugeot newest product be used in restyled Dodges, Chrysler’s and Jeeps. A performance enhanced fastback Dodge hatchback and coupe. A Chrysler upscale hatchback or a Jeep spin-off.
I’m not advocating one particular model here, but the latest Peugeot in particular has merit. I’m sure a platform designed in Europe could quickly find a manufacturing sight here. Just a thought as Europe’s products are launching left and right and I’m waiting for a next generation Cherokee or Durango or something from Chrysler while these domestic brands whither on the vine waiting for new product. Yes I am frustrated. This Dare Forward plan is a boondoggle for our brands. That is obvious and damaging.

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I’m sure a platform designed in Europe could quickly find a manufacturing sight here.

You're right. Unfortunately, the platform for this model was designed in China. The implementation of the STLA medium platform is being slow walked, while models like the Jeep Renegade are quickly tossed to the curb. The dismal state of the marketing for the CDJR brands is relevant to most of the active threads here a Mopar Insiders. While Lexus has become Toyota's lucrative people mover brand in the wake of the sedan downturn, the Chrysler brand remains fallow. The transformation of the Lexis brand occurred over the same time period as Chrysler's downfall. One of the hottest sellers in the Lexus lineup is their NX model, which coincidentally, has the same wheelbase as this Citroen model.

Stellantis had a press event in Europe this week for the new mild hybrid system to be offered in the Renegade and Compass Jeep models. It won't be offered here. The Renegade has been pulled from our market and we don't get the 4Xe option in the Compass. Hybrids are the hottest selling models in our market. The competition to the Stellantis brands typically have waiting lists for their hybrid offerings. Meanwhile the Dodge Hornet hybrid is on the podium for the unsold vehicles contest. I'll discuss this further in another thread.

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I never understood Chrysler's fascination with programming "shifts" into CVT transmissions. And now I read that Stellantis is continuing the oddness with the comment "7 simulated shifts are programmed into the CVT transmission" Weird.

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