Citreon has officially entered India. The Citroen C5 Aircross will be the first car to be launched by the brand in the Indian market. This car will be a premium SUV or as Citroen calls it, a Comfort Class SUV. It is going to compete with the kinds of the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass. The car as you will further read the story is actually larger in dimensions than the other two. Now we have got a detailed walk around video of this car on our channel and you can see it above too. The latest development with this car has been its Euro NCAP crash results. To know more about the results, scroll down now.
The Citroen brand has been a topic of discussion and debate for some time now. Group PSA took the right decision with going with the French automaker rather than Peugout which had left the country abruptly and in fact never repaid customers who had made down payments on cars. So the re-entry into India in the form of Citreon is the right move for Group PSA. Citreon is here in India with a collaboration with CK Birla. The company has been in India since a few years now and the Housar plant in Chennai has already begun to make engines for export.
So what is the Citroen Aircross? When is it launching here? Will this car make a dent in the Indian market? Scroll down and read the story below.
Citroen C5 Aircross Safety
According to the officials of the Euro NCAP, e C5 Aircross remained stable in the frontal offset test. n. In the side barrier impact, protection of all critical parts of the body was good and the car scored maximum points. A geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated good whiplash protection. Overall for safety the C5 Aircross scored 87% for the Adult Occupant, 86% for the Child Occupant, 58% for Pedestrians and 75% for Safety Assist.
Citroen C5 Aircross Launch
The Citroen C5 Aircross will be the brand’s first car in India, it is a bold choice. The car is not an entry-level vehicle and will command a premium price. The company, however, is not launching the car now. The car will be brought to the masses next year. The brand will want to build a presence in the sub-continent as Kia and MG did in the beginning. The car will also be localized and the will not be sold as a CBU or CKD to us. Manufacturers have realized how key it is to have localization in India. The Citroen C5 Aircross will launch in India in the year 2020. The company is looking up to 98% localization. There is an also going to be 90% localization for the engine and transmission in India.
|Citroen C5 Aircross||Launching in 2021|
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Citroen C5 Aircross Price in India
The price as I mentioned above will be a premium one. But the one thing that Citreon has to keep in mind is that the level of localization required to make the product a force to be reckoned in the market with is going to have to be very high. The car will need to be priced at the same level as the Jeep Compass and the lower than the Hyundai Tucson to make itself look like the viable and value-for-money alternative. The top-end of this car should be not more than Rs 20 lakhs according to us. If this pricing can be achieved, we think the company will be off to a good start.
|Citroen C5 Aircross||Price|
|Base||Rs 15 lakhs|
|Mid||Rs 18 lakhs|
|Top-end||Rs 20 lakhs|
Citroen C5 Aircross Design
The styling of the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV shouts powerful and strong attitude. It is immediately recognizable as an SUV in terms of its design and dimensions, measuring 4.50m long, 1.84m wide and 1.67m high, with a ground clearance of 230mm. It is available with a range of 17-inch, 18-inch and 19-inch wheels. We know that in India only 1 option will be on offer, the 18-inch wheels. The broad and imposing front end is classic Citroën with a two-tier full-LED light signature and an assertively designed grille. The upper light units, which comprise the daytime running lights and indicators, extend out from the iconic chevrons that stretch across the entire width of the vehicle. The lights at the top are paired perfectly with the lower lighting units. Together they give Citroen C5 Aircross a look many have compared to the Tata Harrier and the MG Hector. Colorful inserts bring the front end to life and underline the vehicle’s unique character, similar to the recent Citroen C3, New C3 Aircross, New C4 Cactus and New Berlingo. These powerful graphic elements are distinctive markers of the new Citroen range. All of this is topped off with a floating roof, glazed area wrapping 360° around the vehicle, thanks to gloss black A and B pillars and gloss black quarter-lights. The uninterrupted glass surface is emphasized by the chrome ‘C’ signature on each side of the car, reflecting the spacious interior. The body features wheel arches and lower body panels with a classic SUV look, highlighted by the graphic shapes of the Airbump® panels with colored inserts for extra modernity and personality. The raised rear lights, with four 3D LED modules on each side of the vehicle, create a graphic and high-tech light signature. The rear bumper is enhanced with two chrome tailpipes, one on either side.
Citroen C5 Aircross Interior
The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV’s cabin immediately suggests comfort with a high-set driving position for a commanding view of the road. This is a spacious environment which is consistent with the exterior styling. The feeling of space and refinement is reinforced by the horizontal design themes in the cabin. The dashboard features a thermocoated strip that extends across the entire width of the car. A colored strip on the upper part of the seats adds a further touch of differentiation. The high-end interior of the C5 Aircross combines style and a relaxed atmosphere. The generous dashboard is punctuated by double air vents highlighting the SUV’s muscular aspect. On the driver’s side, the instrument panel features a 12.3-inch customizable TFT digital screen with three different graphic styles. The selected driving information is located directly within the driver’s field of vision, improving comfort and safety. The steering wheel with built-in controls features a thick rim and a flat base together with a gloss black and satin chrome finish. A two-tone full-grain leather steering wheel is available on some versions. In the center, the air vents and+ 8-inch touchscreen form a unique and integrated unit.
Internationally, the C5 Aircross SUV is available with a broad choice of interior trims, ranging from cloth to Nappa leather. This is something Indian customers will be very happy to see on offer.
Citroen C5 Aircross Specifications
The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV is available internationally with a range of high-performance latest-generation Euro 6 engines. They are equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox or the 8-speed EAT8 automatic gearbox. Two petrol versions: PureTech 130bhp S&S 6-speed manual and PureTech 180bhp S&S EAT8. Three diesel versions: BlueHDi S&S 130bhp 6-speed manual, BlueHDi 130bhp S&S EAT8 and BlueHDi 180bhp S&S EAT8.
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Citroen C5 Aircross Competition
The Citroen C5 Aircross will compete with the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and also the upcoming MG Hector.