The French automobile manufacturer will be entering the Indian market with the C5 AirCross. The SUV was showcased recently and the launch is expected to happen in March 2021. The second SUV that will be launched by Citroen in India has been codenamed CC21. It is a compact-SUV that is expected to launch sometime in 2021. Here we have a digital render made by SRK Designs at IAB. The render is based on the recent spy shots of the CC21. The renders help us in understanding how the new compact-SUV will look in real life.
We can see that the render carries the Citroen DNA with white highlights and an all-over curvy design language. The compact-SUV does get some elements from the C5 AirCross. The render comes with split headlamp design which is very popular nowadays. The upper LED Daytime Running Lamp will also act as a turn indicator. The Daytime Running Lamp neatly integrates with the Citroen’s slim upper grille. The chrome of the grille also wraps around the Daytime Running Lamp. Then there are the headlamps that get a black surround which gives the SUV an aggressive front face. The lower grille is a bigger one and is hexagonal in shape. The lower half of the bumper is finished in black which houses a wide air intake. There are fog lamps placed in the lower half of bumper which gets white surrounds giving a very unique front look to the CC21.
The side profile of the render might remind you of the side profile of the Mahindra XUV300. It gets 4-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels and black plastic cladding all-over the side profile for an added rugged look. The turn indicators are placed on the outside rearview mirrors that are finished in Black. The A, B, C pillars and the roof rails are finished in contrasting Black colour. This gives a floating roof-line effect to the CC21. The compact-SUV gets a dual-paint job with red as a primary colour and white colour for the roof. The vehicle looks tall but the overall dimensions of the CC21 could be compared to a premium hatchback rather than a compact-SUV.
The CC21 will be underpinned by a new platform derived from PSA Group’s Common Modular Platform (CMP). This platform has already underpinned a lot of vehicles in the international market. The CC21 will be powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine which will produce around 100 PS and 150 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a manual and an automatic transmission. The CC21 will be India’s first flex-fuel engine which means it will be able to run on regular petrol as well as ethanol blends (from 27% to 100%). Citroen is hoping to take the first-mover advantage with the flexi-fuel systems in India.
Launching a compact-SUV makes sense because compact-SUVs are in high demand. Every manufacturer is selling a compact-SUV in the market. This should help Citroen in capturing the market share as their other SUV, the C5 Aircross will be a bit pricey when compared to the rivals. The Citroen CC21 is expected to start from Rs. 5 lakhs ex-showroom.