Citroen, the French manufacturer entered the Indian market with its first ever offering – the C5 AirCross. Now this car is a halo product that has been launched to establish the brand in the Indian market until a mass-segment product arrives. Citroen is already working on its second product for the Indian market, which also will be a mass-segment vehicle. Codenamed as C221, here are rendered images of the vehicle that indicates what exactly the car will look like in real life.
Citroen has already started testing the upcoming CC21, which is likely to get the name “C3 AirCross” in its production guise. KDesign AG rendered the images based on the spy pictures of the car. In fact, Citroen has also started testing the upcoming vehicle in Indian conditions.
The upcoming C3 AirCross will be a mid-size SUV and it will take on the highly successful Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos. Yes, it will have other challengers as well. These vehicles include the Nissan Kicks and cars from a segment above like the MG Hector and the Tata Harrier.
While the heavily camouflaged test mules do not reveal much about the upcoming C3 AirCross, the rendered image draws inspiration from Citroen’s global design. The front of the vehicle gets the signature double arrow insignia. The sleek grille extends to form the all-LED DRLs. The lower part of the grille encloses the main headlamp unit, which also seems like all-LED units.
Down below, the bumpers have contrasting highlights like the C5 AirCross. This one here gets blue accents, which might be of different colour in the production version of the car. The rear looks interesting as well. It gets all-LED tail lamps with a thick black plaque connecting them. There are skid plates at the front and rear that adds a muscular touch too.
Premium cabin as well
The mid-size SUV segment has started offering some high-end features and the Citroen’s upcoming will follow the same. Earlier spy pictures show that the cabin will come with a three-spoke steering wheel with silver garnish. The headrests integrated into the seats.
The dashboard looks quite premium and there is a massive infotainment system that takes the central stage on the dashboard. The car will offer features like push-button start/stop, cruise control system, multi-information display, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and more. Citroen may offer telematics to control a certain feature in the vehicle remotely and also to track the vehicle through GPS.
While Citroen will only offer a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with the upcoming C3 AirCross, the engine is quite unique. It will be the first Flexi-fuel engine in India and will be able to run on petrol and ethanol blends ranging from 27% to 100%. Citroen claims that the Flexi-fuel engine will help them gain a distinct market share and will give them the “first mover” advantage too. The engine is likely to produce around 100 PS of maximum power and 150 Nm of peak torque.