For the reason that begin of 2019, French carmaker Citroen has been making headlines in India. All of it started with the primary sighting of the C5 Aircross on Indian soil, and in February, Groupe PSA confirmed it had chosen Citroen because the model that will lead its India re-entry. In the present day, at its first-ever press convention within the nation, Citroen has confirmed that its first launch in India will probably be that of the C5 Aircross, which can go on sale by September 2020. Current on the press convention for the announcement have been Carlos Tavares, chairman, Groupe PSA, Linda Jackson, CEO, Citroen Model, and Emmanuel Delay, govt VP and head of India-Pacific, Groupe PSA.
The C5 Aircross made its debut in April 2017 in Shanghai and subsequently went on sale in lots of European markets. The SUV is predicated on Groupe PSA’s EMP2 platform that additionally types the premise of the DS 7 Crossback, the Peugeot 3008 and the Vauxhall Grandland X. To present you an thought of its dimension, the Citroen C5 Aircross measures four,500mm in size, 1,840mm in width, 1,670mm in top and a couple of,730mm in wheelbase size, which makes it 25mm longer and 10mm taller than Hyundai Tucson, and provides it a wheelbase that's 60mm longer. It sits fairly excessive up too, with a floor clearance of 230mm.
A cool, modern-looking, two-tone dashboard is the centrepiece of the C5 Aircross’s cabin, replete with cut up air-con vents that look distinctive. It’s loaded with options like a number of airbags, blind spot help, sensible headlights with an auto excessive beam function, consideration help, cross-traffic detection and hill-hold help, amongst others. There's additionally an Eight.Zero-inch touchscreen infotainment system, computerized local weather management, steering-mounted buttons and an all-digital instrument cluster.
Overseas, Citroen affords the C5 Aircross with the choice of 1 petrol and two diesel engines – a 130hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol, a 130hp, 1.5-litre turbo-diesel and a 180hp, 2.Zero-litre turbo-diesel. Transmission choices embody a 6-speed handbook and an Eight-speed torque converter computerized. Whereas all-wheel-drive isn’t on provide, the C5 Aircross SUV does get Grip Management – a function just like the Terrain Response modes on the Tata Harrier – and hill-descent management.
All Groupe PSA fashions – together with the Citroen C5 Aircross – will probably be manufactured at CK Birla’s facility in Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, which additionally produces SUVs for Mitsubishi in India. The group already has a plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, which manufactures and provides engines and transmissions for its international and home companies.
The model additionally plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid variant of each new mannequin primarily based on PSA’s EMP2 platform and in addition an all-electric variant of all new vehicles primarily based on the CMP structure.
Anticipate Citroen C5 Aircross costs to be according to like-sized rivals. PSA boss Carlos Tavares has already acknowledged the producer will begin operations in India with over 90 p.c localisation, and this could replicate in aggressive pricing for the C5 Aircross.