Groupe PSA recently announced their plans to bring the Citroen brand in India, starting their innings with the C5 Aircross premium SUV.
The kind of success enjoyed by compact SUVs once in India has now been taken over by mid-premium-SUVs and the recent launches prove the same. From MG Hector to Kia Seltos, every new car launched in this segment has tasted success, even though both of them are completely new brand for India, which is a not a typical Indian buyer behaviour.
For years, Indians have preferred tried and trusted brand lowering their risk appetite. However, these two launches prove otherwise and so it is obvious any new car manufacturer would like to start their India innings by launching a mid-SUV.
Groupe PSA is one such brand that recently revealed their India plans and will bring a premium SUV as their first product. The French auto group announced in April to bring the Citroen brand in India and their first product will be the Citroen CS Aircross SUV, which is scheduled to come to India before the end of 2020.
The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV measures in at 4.5 metres in length, 1849 mm in width, 1670 mm in height and 2730 mm in wheelbase. This means the Citroen C5 Aircross equals most of its rivals and is bigger than the Jeep Compass.
The higher ground clearance and distinctive roof bars to add to its visual appeal. Citroen C5 Aircross also gets some unique design elements making it look a funky and youthful vehicle, including some red-coloured panels on the white coloured SUV that was showcased at the reveal event.
Inside the cabin is a horizontal dashboard and will get connected technology along with loads of cabin space and comfortable seats that to the Citroen Advanced Comfort. Features will include dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free parking and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, along with a large 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
In terms of powertrain, the C5 Aircross is available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engine options globally – 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines, 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre engines turbocharged petrol. These come mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission along with an optional 8-speed automatic gearbox.