First spy shots of the Citroen C5 Aircross have emerged online that shows that the brand’s getting ready to start over its innings in India.
Earlier this year, Citroen first showcased its C5 Aircross compact SUV in India and announced its plan to enter into the Indian car space. Recently, the first set of spy shots of the Citroen C5 Aircross convoy has been released, showing the SUV undergoing testing by the ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology) in Manesar, Haryana. From these spy shots, we assume that the French automotive company is getting ready to kick off its operation in India with the C5 Aircross.
Citroen will see its first entry into the Indian soil with the C5 Aircross SUV that rivals the like of Tata Harrier.
The spotted convoy of the C5 Aircross consists of at least four models – 2 black and 2 white. All these cars were wearing “HR55” number plates and spotted with “On Test” sticker by ICAT. Therefore, we are pretty sure that Citroen is trying to achieve the regulatory approvals prior to the launch of the model.
As for the C5 Aircross, the international-spec SUV gets two petrol and two diesel engine options under the bonnet. The base petrol model is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine making 131 PS of power and 230 Nm of torque. The other gasoline burner is a 181 PS/ 250 Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged unit. The two diesel engines comprise of a 131 PS/ 300 Nm 1.5-litre version along with a 181 PS/ 400 Nm 2.0-litre unit. Transmission package of the SUV includes a 6-speed manual and an 8-speed automatic option. Besides, a hybrid powertrain with a pure-electric range of 60 km is in the works for the late 2019 launch.
The C5 Aircross has been spied on test in India for the first time by ICAT.
Aesthetically, the Citroen C5 Aircross gets quite a distinctive look that makes it stand out from the crowd. It looks fresh and sporty with a dynamic front design packed with short overhangs, a chunky body cladding & wheels and a floating roof.
The French SUV measures 4,500 mm in length, 1,840 mm in width, 1,670 mm in height as well as a wheelbase of 2,730 mm, making it shorter than the Tata Harrier but longer than the Hyundai Tucson.
The expected launch of the C5 Aircross is around the Q3 of 2020.
Thanks to its size, the C5 Aircross offers plenty of space on the inside and we do expect the Indian-spec car to do the same. The final feature list and wheel size of the car are things that we can’t comment right now. Given the C5 Aircross is Citroen’s first product for India, however, we are pretty sure that the SUV will be feature-loaded as well. Launch of the Citroen C5 Aircross might take place in the latter half of 2020.