Citroën’s first-ever model, Citroën C5 Aircross is confirmed to be launched in India by September 2020. The Citroën SUV will rival SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass
In a recent press conference in Chennai, Citroën India Sales and Marketing Director, Roland Bouchara announced his company's plan to “re-conquer” the Indian market with the Citroën C5 Aircoss, which will become first-ever Citroen car coming to launch in India. It will be here by September 2018.
The Citroën C5 Aircross will be the first Citroën SUV to come in India.
Held in Chennai, the latest event displayed a white-coloured Citroen C5 Aircross that was checked out by the media. Aimed to penetrate the premium SUV segment in India, the French automaker promises to commence its “Citroën Inspired by You” campaign in the country, which has brought the company a triumph in Europe during the past five years. As per the carmaker's words, the Citroën C5 Aircross will be a strong and distinctive product offering state-of-the-art design philosophy and also, creating a new benchmark of comfortable usage.
First wrapped off to the world at Shanghai Motor Show in 2017, the Citroën C5 Aircross joins the Peugeot 3008 company’s portfolio of Efficient Modular platform (EMP2)-based vehicles. To be honest, the C5 Aircross C-SUV did brighten up the whole media event in Chennai yesterday by its out-of-the-way funky design and many premium magnetic elements on the outside, e.g. a set of full LED headlamps, 3D oblong-shaped LED taillights, air intake door protectors and more. The new Citroën SUV sports a unique look that no other model, even in the most developed of the markets, can offer.
It is the company's latest attempt to re-enter the fourth-biggest automobile market in the world.
Back in its native land, the French-spec C5 Aircoss has been available with four different engine options- 1.2-litre turbo-petrol, 1.6-litre turbo-petrol, 1.5-litre turbo-diesel and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel motor unit. Different states of tune are generated including 131 PS/ 230 Nm, 181 PS/ 400 Nm, 131 PS/ 300 Nm and 170 PS/400 Nm, respectively. Besides, the transmission package encompasses a 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic options.
In our country, we can look forward to, at least, a 2.0-litre oil burner combined with an 8-speed automatic gearbox to be integrated into the India-spec SUV. Except for the plug-in-hybrid variant, the C5 Aircross is not available with AWD system across the globe, so we will likely to see all configurations of the SUV to come in hand with an FWD system in the future.
Citroën enters India with the C5 Aircross SUV | Will take on the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass
While price is positioned at the heart of the Indian car space, the Groupe PSA has drawn up a strategy with a high level of localisation. Hence the Citroën C5 Aircross will be a locally assembled CKD unit, based on the venture agreement with CK Birla Group (car assembly, distribution and powertrain production) in Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu. The Citroen C5 Aircross road testing has reportedly already started.