Groupe PSA had announced in 2016, that they will be stepping into the Indian market once again, but with another brand - Citroen. The French carmakers are working hard and they have been developing their plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. As of now, they are producing engines and transmissions at their India plant and are even working on some SUVs as well. Many test mules have been spied lately, with the DS7 Crossback SUV spotted last year. But Groupe PSA will be bringing in the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV for our market. So let’s have a look at the top 5 things you need to know about the upcoming Citroen C5 Aircross SUV.
The C5 Aircross is indeed a good looking SUV and it showcases many sporty and aggressive design elements. It gets a split headlight setup along with short overhangs at the front and the rear. In terms of styling, it is a typical chunky SUV and it gets a high bonnet line along with a seeping grille, which gives it the road presence it needs.
The Citroen C5 Aircross is built on the EMP2 platform which underpins the DS7 SUV, hence it is large in indeed. Coming to the actual size of the Citroen C5 Aircross, it measures 4500mm in length, 1840mm in width and it is tall by 1670mm. It gets a ground clearance of 230mm and wheelbase length measuring 2730mm.
Having a look at the model sold in the international market, the C5 Aircross gets a modern and roomy cabin, it is offered with a two-tone dashboard and a unique split air-con vents at the centre. In terms of amenities and features, Citroen has equipped this SUV with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, digital instrument cluster and steering mounted controls. Keeping in mind safety, it gets multiple airbags, attention assist, cross-traffic detection, blind spot assist, smart headlamps with an auto high beam feature, hill-hold assist, etc. As only one variant will be launched in India, we can expect all of these features to be offered in it.
In the Indian market, Citroen will be offering the C5 Aircross only with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine that churns out 180 bhp of power. This oil burner will be coupled with an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Although the facility in Hosur produces the 1.5-litre diesel unit, it will most likely not make it into the Indian market and the 2.0-litre diesel unit will be fully imported.
Citroen will be bringing in the C5 Aircross into the nation via the CKD route, hence the prices on it will be high. The French carmaker had originally planned to launch this SUV at the end of this year, but taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic, the launch has been delayed. It is now known that Citroen plans to launch the C5 Aircross some around the first quarter of 2021. We expect this SUV will be priced somewhere around the Rs 30 lakh price bracket and once launched it will compete against the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and the Skoda Kodiaq.