French Car manufacturer Citroen launched their first SUV C5 Aircross in the market earlier this year. In comparison to other premium SUVs in the segment, C5 Aircross is priced expensively. The prices for C5 Aircross start at Rs 29.90 lakh, ex-showroom and go up till Rs 31.90 lakh, ex-showroom. C5 Aircross competes with cars like Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass in the segment. Citroen is also working on their next product C3 crossover which will be priced below the C5 Aircross SUV. The manufacturer has now revealed when they would be launching their compact SUV. Saurabh Vatsa, Citroen Brand Head India has revealedthat the C3 crossover will be introduced in 2022.
The upcoming C3 compact SUV or crossover from Citroen has been spotted testing on our roads several times. In terms of design, it looks like a smaller version of the C5 Aircross that got launched in the market earlier this year. It has that flowing front grille which joins with the LED DRLs and turn indicators on the SUV. It will be based on a localised version of Citroen’s Common Modular Platform (CMP).
The SUV looks premium in terms of looks. Even before launching C5 Aircross in the market, Citroen had announced their plans for Indian market. They have a C-Cube program under which the brand plans to launch a new vehicle every year till 2023. They specially formed this program for India as it is a potential market for the brand. Under this program, they will be launching 4 new models. All the models that will be launched under this program will be developed and manufactured here in India. These cars will also be launched in Indian market first.
The upcoming C3 Aircross SUV is expected to be one of the first SUV to be launched under this program. Citroen has a manufacturing facility here in Hosur and Tiruvallur and the upcoming products from Citroen are expected to be priced competitively unlike C5 Aircross. C5 is sold in India as CKD and that is one of the reason why it is expensive when compared with competition.
The upcoming C3 SUV from Citroen is going to be a compact SUV which is expected to compete with cars like Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster in the segment. The SUV is expected to offer decent amount of features like touchscreen infotainment screen, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, sunroof and many more features. The SUV is also expected to offer a comfortable ride just like its elder sibling. Citroen C5 Aircross is available with a 2.0 litre diesel engine only. The upcoming C3 Aircross SUV will be available with a petrol engine.
The SUV will be powered by a 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine is likely to generates 100 Ps and 150 Nm of peak torque. The engine used in C3 Aircross might be a Flex-fuel engine which can run on petrol and ethanol blended fuel. The SUV will be available with a 5-speed manual and an automatic transmission. There is a possibility that it might get a DCT gearbox as an option.