Citroen revealed their first SUV for the Indian market last month. It is the C5 AirCross SUV as you might know. Now, the manufacturer has announced that they will be launching the C5 AirCross on April 7th. The new SUV is expected to be priced somewhere around Rs. 30 lakhs and Citroen will also offer a Complementary maintenance pack for 5 years or 50,000 km for buyers who book their SUV by April 6th. The C5 AirCross will be sold through the La Maison dealerships of Citroen which will be located in 10 different cities across India.
The C5 AirCross has been brought to India as a CKD or Completely Knocked Down unit so it is a bit more expensive than the other premium mid-size SUVs we have in the Indian market. It is being locally assembled at the CK Birla facility in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu. The new SUV will be going against the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass. It will come with only one engine option which will be a 2.0-litre diesel unit. The engine produces 177 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 400 Nm. It will be offered only with an 8-speed automatic transmission that will drive the front wheels only. Citroen is claiming a fuel efficiency of 18.6 kmpl as per ARAI. The main highlight of the C5 AirCross is the Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspensions that are specifically developed by the manufacturer to iron out bumps and bad patches of the roads.
The SUV will be offered in two variants only. The name of the variants is Feel and Shine. The SUV comes with LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED projector headlamps but the lower variant i.e. Feel comes with a halogen setup. The Shine variant also comes with an opening panoramic sunroof that lets in light and makes the cabin feel airy. The higher variant also gets a hands-free electric tailgate. Other bits like LED tail lamps, machine cut dual-tone alloy wheels, fog lamps with cornering function, rear fog lamps, engine stop/start, lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, push-button to start/stop, electric adjustment for driver seat, keyless entry are offered as standard. You also get an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay with 6 speakers on both variants. There is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for the driver. There is also a park assist feature which can help you in parking the SUV. The C5 AirCross can steer itself while the driver would have to provide inputs for the throttle and braking.
Citroen has also given special attention to the NVH or Noise Vibration and Harshness levels of the SUV. So, the French manufacturer is offering double-laminated front windows and acoustic windshield glass as standard. This should help in reducing the wind, road and other unwanted noises that you don’t want to enter the cabin. Citroen is also offering quite a bit of safety equipment. The SUV comes with blind-spot monitoring, tyre pressure monitoring system, coffee break alert, hill-start assist, electronic stability program, reversing camera, traction control, 6 airbags, hill descent control and front and rear parking sensors.