In this post, we bring to you our first drive impressions of the Citroen C3 Aircross with automatic transmission. Until now, the mid-size crossover SUV was only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. With the popularity of automatic cars in recent times, the French carmaker had to introduce the automatic version of the C3 Aircross as well. We finally got the opportunity to drive this Creta rival from Citroen. Here are our thoughts.
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Citroen C3 Aircross Automatic Review
The C3 Aircross comes with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. We are able to drive it out on an open stretch of road, as well as mild traffic conditions. This transmission provides a great balance between performance and fuel efficiency. Note that the SUV makes 15 Nm more torque with this automatic transmission in comparison to the manual variant. Hence, there is no shortage of power. In fact, the vehicle feels eager to deliver power at all times. However, the suspension is geared more toward a softer side for maximum comfort. This automatic gearbox performs decently in highway, as well as city conditions.
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The Citroen C3 comes with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 110 hp and 190 Nm of peak power and torque. It is currently coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission, achieving an admirable ARAI-certified fuel efficiency rating of 18.5 km/l. Notably, the automatic trim features 205 Nm of peak torque, presenting a decent 15 Nm increase compared to the manual variant. Both the Citroen C3 and C4 share a common foundation, constructed on the same CMP architecture. The automatic model is set to be launched in our market soon. Manual versions are priced between Rs 9.99 lakh and Rs 12.75 lakh, ex-showroom, with the automatic variants commanding a premium over these prices.
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We had visited the Citroen dealerships when the C3 Aircross was first launched. The initial response was decent but the customers were demanding an automatic transmission. The French carmaker listened to the feedback and finally brought this gearbox. Note that there are no other changes to either the exterior or interior and features. We shall have to wait for the pricing to see how well the customers receive it.