Posted On : 18 Mar, 2019
India, March 18, 2019 : Groupe PSA (French multinational carmaker) recently announced that it will introduce Citroen brand in the Indian market and will be locally assembled here using about 70 per cent of the local contents at Groupe PSA's Hosur plant in Tamil Nadu. The Indian-spec Citroen C5 Aircross which made its first public appearance last year will be revealed on April 3, 2019.
The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV is also one of the design finalists for the prestigious World Car Of The Year (WCOTY) design award. It measures 4500 mm long and is underpinned by Groupe PSA's EMP2 platform which will also spawn a plug-in Hybrid variant at a later date.
Powering the Citroen C5 Aircross is a 2.0 litre diesel engine and a 1.2-litre petrol engine which are mated to an eight-speed auto transmission as standard. The cabin is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with a 12.3-inch TFT-digital instrument screen and gets 20 new age driver assistance features.
According to sources, Citroen is also evaluating the C3 Aircross as the second model for India which will likely be launched by the end of 2021 after its scheduled facelift. The facelifted Citroen C3 Aircross will also be assembled at the Hosur plant which Citroen has established along with the CK Birla Group under a Joint venture. The French marque has invested Rs. 600 crore in the plant so far and has a manufacturing capacity to produce 200,000 powertrains and 300,000 transmissions.
Globally, the premium SUV is offered with two powertrains – 129bhp, 12L turbo petrol and 118bhp, 1.6L diesel – with a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options. In Indian market, Citroen C5 Aircross will compete with the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.