Citroen just started the deliveries of their first SUV for the Indian market, the C5 AirCross. It will be the flagship for the Indian market and is a CKD or Completely Knocked Down unit. Due to this, it has a starting price of Rs. 29.90 lakhs ex-showroom. Citroen did say that they will be launching India specific models that will be eventually exported to international markets also. Their upcoming small-sized SUV has already been already spied on Indian roads. It has been codenamed CC21 and is expected to get launched by the end of this year. However, the international launch of the vehicle is expected to happen on May 20th. Now, the CC21 has been spied again in Mangalore and the new spy shots help us in getting more details.
We can see the oval designs in the front grille which is also continued below the number plate. There is a slim air dame with horizontal slats. It seems like there will be a split headlamp setup that is inspired by the Citroen C3. The headlamps have a weird funky shape to them. The LED Daytime Running Lamp is expected to sit above the headlamps that will connect to Citroen’s logo through chrome slats just like other Citroen vehicles do. The bonnet is flat to have that SUV look.
On the side, the higher variants will come with alloy wheels. It seems like the one in the spy shot is a lower variant so it running on steel wheels. There will be conventional door handles. Citroen will be not using any funky do0r handles like Tata or Mahindra. Citroen might offer the CC21 with roof rails and a shark-fin antenna. Plastic cladding will be used on the wheel arches to make the CC21 look more SUVish. The rear of the CC21 looks bulbous because of the wide and curvy bumper.
The CC21 will be underpinned by the Common Modular Platform or the CMP. We have already seen this platform on many international vehicles. The upcoming Jeep’s compact SUV will also be using the same platform. The Common Modular Platform is a very versatile platform as it can be used in various body types such as hatchbacks, mid-size SUVs, sedans and even compact SUVs. It also supports various fuel types such as petrol, Flexi-fuel, hybrid, electric and diesel also.
There are rumours that Citroen will be using a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine for the CC21. The engine is expected to produce 100 PS of max power and 160 Nm of peak torque. It will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which has been confirmed from earlier spy shots. Citroen should also offer some kind of automatic transmission with the CC21.
The special thing about this engine is that it would be able to run on a Flexi-fuel system. So, it can run on petrol as well as ethanol blends from 27 percent to 100 percent. Citroen says that flexi-fuel systems will help them take the first-mover advantage. The CC21 is expected to start from Rs. 5 lakhs and will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, upcoming Tata HBX, Mahindra KUV100 and upcoming Hyundai AX1.