Citroen India has begun trial assembly of its first product for the Indian market. The C5 Aircross SUV is expected to be launched early 2021. The car is to be locally assembled from CKD kits. Initially the car will be sold in a single trim that will be fully loaded. It is also known that the C5 Aircross will be followed by other products in the future. The C5 Aircross is to be built at CK Birla’s facility in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu. We have learnt that these made in India units will be used for testing across the country.
Test mules of the C5 Aircross that were imported were spotted. Citroen earlier announced that the India launch was delayed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The launch is postponed to be in Jan-Mar 2021. Since the car is locally assembled and not locally made, the asking price for the car is expected to be at Rs. 30 lakh. The C5 Aircross will come with features like – electronic parking brake, dual-zone climate control, a hands-free tailgate, split LED headlamps with DRL’s, a panoramic sunroof, a powered driver’s seat, an 8.0 inch touch screen infotainment system, and a 12.3 inch digital instrument screen.
The car will come equipped with a 2.0 liter diesel engine churning out 180 hp, it will come mated to a 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Citroen does not intend on selling large numbers of the C5 Aircross SUV. The French maker is quite clear that the ‘C-cubed programme’ which will have a lot of local content meaning a reduction in costs. Citroen looks onto the ‘C-cubed programme’ to be chief volume drivers in the Indian market.