Citroen C5 Aircross to mark brand’s entry to India next-year

Citroen are all set to begin their India operations by the end of the year, with its first product launch planned for 2021. The first Citroen product to go on sale here will be the C5 Aircross, which is slated to release in mid-2021. The brand did confirm its entry to the Indian market last year and are set to resume working on it soon.

The first launch of Citroen in India will be the C5 Aircross. This model will arrive as CKD (Completely knocked-down) kits in the Rennes-La Janais plant (France). The assembly of the knock-down kits will take place at the Groupe PSA-CK Birla Group JV Hosur plant (India).

Initially, the C5 Aircross was scheduled to go on floors by the end of this year. But, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought plans to halt, as is the case with many automakers operating here. After the situation cools down, Citroen will take their time in bringing the C5 Aircross.

On the engine front, the C5 Aircross is set to be offered with a choice of a petrol engine and two diesel ones. The smaller diesel unit and the petrol one will be having a capacity of 1.5-litre. Power output is said to be around 128 BHP for both of them.

Unconfirmed reports say that India will initially have only 10-15 Citroen dealerships. They will be located mostly or only in metro cities.

On the other hand, there will be a 2.0-litre diesel motor, which is likely to produce a power output of 178 BHP. The C5 Aircross will be available with options of both a manual and an automatic transmission. It will be priced close to its rivals, which include the Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks and the new Hyundai Creta.

There is also talk that Citroen will introduce three models models soon after the C5 Aircross gets launched here. The first one to arrive will be the ‘C21’ codenamed compact SUV. It will be followed by a mid-size sedan and possibly an affordable hatchback here.

Three of the four Citroen models arriving in India by 2023 have been locally designed and developed as part of the C Cubed program.

All the four models will be developed here as part of Citroen’s C-Cubed program for India. This will mean that all of them will share parts with each other in order to reduce manufacturing costs and more importantly the price. With these models, Citroen will be eager to crack the Indian market code by offering something new compared to what is sold today.


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