Citroen will enter the Indian market via its long term partner CK Birla Group and both the carmakers have formed a Joint venture for efficient vehicle retailing and to operate their assembly plant as well.
Also Groupe PSA has signed another JV agreement with Avtec Limited which will assist them to produce as well as supply powertrains.
What is Citroen C5 Aircross?
Citroen C5 Aircross is a 5-seater SUV and a successor to the C4 Aircross. The name comes due to bigger dimensions than the latter. The SUV is grabbing good numbers in China as well as European markets.
Citroen C5 Aircross Timeline
- April 20, 2015 – Citroen C5 Aircross concept unveiled at Shanghai Auto Show 2015.
- April 13, 2017 – Production version Citroen C5 Aircross showcased at 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.
- February 2021 – Launch and price announcement of Citroen C5 Aircross is scheduled to take place.
What are the dimensions of Citroen C5 Aircross?
Citroen C5 Aircross measures 4.5 m in length, is 1,67 m tall and 1.84 m wide. Wheelbase of the French SUV is 2,730 mm. Ground clearance is rated 230 mm. Boot carrying capacity is 580 litres while the fuel tank is 53 litres.
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Citroen C5 Aircross Exterior
The Citroen C5 Aircross looks funky and make uses of minimalistic elements. Front grille as well as LED headlamps are split up. Lower end of the bumper houses air dams and two slots with red surrounds on the other side.
Black cladding runs across the sides and along with wheel arches. Alloy wheels size is expected to be around 18-inch and sync well with the design of the SUV. Roof rails are also on offer.
At the rear, it gets big size tail lamps with LED in shape of four rectangular boxes. Rear bumpers hoses the twin exhaust tail pipes on the either sides.
Citroen C5 Aircross Interior
Step inside the cabin and you will notice the air con vents in split type as well which is even used for the LED box pattern in the tail lamps, headlights as well as split type grille. Instrument cluster is of 12.3 inch and all digital; while 8-inch infotainment system is placed in the centre of the dash bundled with all the modern connectivity options.
Application of chrome is on air con vents, steering control surrounds, door armrest, gearbox surrounds and much more to enhance the overall premium feel of the cabin. It gets a darker interior environment with the use of black and beige colours.
Which engine options will Citreon C5 Aircross offer?
- Turbocharged petrol engine of Citroen C5 Aircross is tuned to generate out 178 BHP and 250 NM of max torque. It will have the option of both the gearbox option unlike the diesel unit which comes paired with just 8 speed AT.
- Citroen C5 Aircross is likely to be be available with 2.0-litre turbo Diesel engine putting out 174 BHP and 400 NM of peak torque. Transmission duties will be handled by 8 speed torque converter automatic.
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What features will C5 Aircross offer?
Citroen India will load the C5 Aircross with all the bells and whistles since there are already highly feature rich products and some of the top features that the French carmakers’ debut car for India will come boast are:
- Panoramic Sunroof
- Digital Instrument Cluster
- 2-zone automatic climate control
- LED headlights, tail lights
- Electrically adjustable driver seat
- Connected car technology
- Hands free tailgate
- Ambient lighting
- 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Push Button Start with Keyless Entry
- Leather seat upholstery
And along with this long list of features, safety equipments are:
- 6 airbags
- ABS with EBD
- Rain sensing wipers
- Traction control
- Hill Start Assist
- Auto Dimming IRVM
- Electric Parking Brake
- 360 degree camera
Which platform does C5 Aircross uses?
The French SUV is built up on the Groupe PSA’s EMP2 platform which even underpins the Peugeot DS7 SUV. This platform is modular and makes use of high strength steel, aluminium and composite material.
In 2019 Euro NCAP safety test conducted, Citroen C5 Aircross scores 4 stars with 87% in adult occupant protection, 86% in child occupant protection and 75% in safety assist. The tested model had a kerb weight of 1495 kg.
Where is C5 Aircross manufactured?
Citroen C5 Aircross is manufactured at Rennes facelift of PSA Group in France and the SUV will be brought to India via the CKD route. It will then we assembled at Tiruvallur plant in Chennai. Peugeot-Citroen also have an assembly facility in Chengdu, China.
What will be the price of C5 Aircross?
Citroen C5 Aircross won’t be introduced at a really competitive price sticker as it will come to India as a completely built unit (CBU). The French SUV is estimated to be priced between Rs. 28 Lakhs and Rs. 33 Lakhs (Ex Showroom). It will take on the likes of VW Tiguan.
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When will Citroen bring C5 Aircross to India?
Citroen C5 Aircross has earlier planned to hit the showrooms by September 2020 but since the coronavirus pandemic has affected every sector and due to imposition of nation-wide lockdown, the launch has been pushed to first quarter 2021.
The French carmakers will have 10 to 15 dealerships at the time of launch with first showroom in Ahmedabad already being ready.
Citroen India will focus on mass localisation of parts after the successful launch of their first car in India and will assist them to price their upcoming products really competitively.
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