Citroen is working on more products for the Indian market. Till now, they have launched the C5 AirCross which is a premium SUV. There have been quite a few vehicles that are currently being tested by Citroen. Here, we have a video of a C3 AirCross compact SUV and Berlingo MPV that has been spied during high altitude testing. It is not yet known when the manufacturer will be launching the vehicles in the Indian market. The videos are uploaded by AutoHunters India on their YouTube channel.
The C3 AirCross is here for equipment testing for the upcoming C21 compact SUV that is being developed specifically for developing markets like India. It will be based on the CMP or Common Modular Platform which is known to be very versatile as it supports different drivetrains and body shapes.
The C3 AirCross measures 4,150 mm in length, 1,760 mm in width and 1,640 mm in height. Because the SUV measures more than 4-metres, the C3 AirCross is not eligible to get the tax benefits that the Indian government offers. Due to this, Citroen is working on an all-new compact SUV that will measure under 4-metres.
The styling will be derived from other Citroen vehicles. So, expect it to look quirky and modern. The interior will also be quite different when compared to other compact SUVs. It will have quirky and squarish elements throughout the cabin. There will also be a touchscreen infotainment system which should come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
It will be powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 100 PS of max power and around 150 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox as well as some kind of automatic transmission. It will also be the first flex-fuel engine so it would be able to run on petrol with ethanol blends.
The Berlingo is an MPV by Citroen and has been spotted quite a few times on the Indian roads. This time the Berlingo was spotted in Himachal Pradesh. So, it might be undergoing high altitude testing. Citroen has been testing the Berlingo for a long time now. So, there might be a chance that Citroen launches the Berlingo as a competitor to Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra Marazzo and Toyota Innova Crysta.
The Berlingo is sold in two versions. There is a regular Berlingo that measures 4,400 mm in length while the longer one is called XL and measures 4,750 mm. It is expected to come with the same 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will do duty on the C21 compact SUV. However, Citroen might retune the engine to produce more power considering the size of the MPV.
Using the same engine for Berlingo will help in saving costs and also the manufacturer would be able to save some government tax. It comes with a 7-seater arrangement. Internationally, the Berlingo is sold with a 1.2-litre engine that produces 108 bhp and there is also a 1.5-litre diesel engine available that produces 128 bhp.