Citroen has been busy laying a strong foundation for the brand in India. It has set up La Maison dealership stores with a modern digital customer experience. The first product that has been showcased is the luxury 5-seater SUV, C5 Aircross. The company wants to build the brand around the core values that Citroen stands for. This includes unique styling elements, plenty of safety, comfort and convenience features and connected technology. That is the reason for starting its Indian operation with a luxury car like the C5 Aircross. Admittedly, this won’t be the volume-driving product for the French carmaker. That will follow soon after it, in the form of a compact SUV with competitive pricing. The C5 Aircross will be launching on April 7, 2021, as announced by Citroen. The official unveiling has already taken place and we will know the prices of the C5 Aircross at the launch itself. Let us see what the Tucson and Compass rival has in store for us.
Citroen C5 Aircross – Exterior Design
The exteriors of the C5 Aircross are distinctive, to say the least. Although there are plenty of SUVs around in our market, you can never mistake the C5 Aircross for anything else. The typical square-theme all across the body gives it a very sporty look. The sleek parallel chrome lines on the front grille, along with the LED DRLs on the bonnet do look modern. The LED headlamp unit just below the DRLs and squared-off air dams on the front bumper sure lets you know that it is a typical Citroen. The sides and the rear reflect the same square design theme with side skirtings and LED tail lamp design having some sort of squares in them. The long-wheelbase will make sure that the space on the interior cabin including the rear legroom will be plenty.
Being a premium SUV, this will ensure a comfortable and luxurious cabin space. Also, 230 mm ground clearance will help with any plans for an off-roading getaway trip. To make sure that you can take a ton of luggage, there is a generous 580-litres of boot space which can be increased to 720-litres by sliding the seats forward and to a massive 1,630-litres by folding the second-row seats completely.
Citroen C5 Aircross – Interior, Safety and Features
The list of modern comfort and connected features is extensive. This includes an 8-inch Digital Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 12.3-inch Digital Instrument Cluster to provide the driver with the necessary information, Automatic LED headlamps with LED DRLs, 18-inch Alloy Wheels to give it a sporty look, Electrically Adjustable, Powered and Heated Wing Mirrors, Electronic Parking Brake, Hands-free Powered Electric Tailgate, Dual-zone Climate Control, Panoramic Sunroof, Auto-dimming Inside Rear View Mirrors, Auto Park Assist with Reverse Parking Camera, Hill Descent and Ascent Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, 6 Airbags, Blind Spot Assist, Driver Fatigue Alert, Adjustable Rear Seat and Powered Driver’s Seat, Connected Car Features, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Various Drive and Traction Modes for all kinds of environment, Cruise Control, 6-speaker Audio System
Citroen C5 Aircross – Engines, Rivals and Expected Prices
The Citroen C5 Aircross is making news because of its unique suspension setup for our roads. It comes equipped with something known as the Progressive Hydraulic Cushion-equipped suspension setup which will filter out all the bumps on our especially chaotic roads. The C5 Aircross will come with a sole 2.0-litre diesel engine making 180PS and 400Nm. It will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The shift-by-wire system will ensure smooth gearshifts for plush ride quality. All the future Citroen products will come with a turbo petrol engine only as announced by Citroen.
The expected price point for this luxury SUV is around Rs. 30 lakh, ex-showroom, and once launched next month, it will go against the likes of Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Skoda Kodiaq and VW Tiguan Allspace. Also, Citroen will come with a compact SUV very soon to enter into the mass-production market.