- Citroen will launch C5 Aircross SUV in India sometime by 2020.
- The SUV will compete with Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson in the segment.
- The company is aiming 2% market share in the country within next 4-5 years.
- The five-seater SUV gets a 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument screen.
- Internationally, the Citroen C5 gets a 1.2L petrol and 2.0L diesel engine.
French car giant Citroen
announced its entry into the Indian market at its first press conference in the country today. The company also unveiled the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV, the first model to be launched by the brand sometime by 2020. In India, the compact SUV will take on the likes of Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Kia SP2i SUV. The India-spec Citroen C5 Aircross will be sold as a CKD unit in the country. It will be assembled at its Hosur facility in Tamil Nadu with almost 95 % of localized parts. The Groupe PSA and AVTEC own the Greenfield plant in Hosur, where engines as well as transmissions are produced for the overseas markets.
It has invested a whopping amount of Rs 600 crore in the plant so far and is aiming to achieve production goal of 50,000 units annually including exports. The facility has a capacity to manufacture 300,000 transmissions and 200,000 powertrains annually. Citroen will start the dealership tour in India from July this year. It is aiming to acquire 2 per cent of the market share within four to five years. The company will introduce PHEV and electric vehicles in global markets in the coming months, as for India, it could launch electric vehicles in future depending on the response.
Visually, the Citroen C5 SUV has a compact stance, it measures around 4,500 long and features styling elements such as a wide grill in front, split headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. It also gets body cladding and roof rails which add to its rugged appearance. Rear features twin exhausts, large tail lamps and a black bumper.
On the inside, the compact SUV gets a five seat layout. The well-laid out cabin is layered with a large 12.3 inch TFT digital instrument screen along with 20 driver assistance features and six advanced connectivity features. Safety kit will comprise smart headlamps, multiple headlamps with an auto high beam feature, blind spot assist, hill-hold assist, attention assist and cross traffic detection among others. Internationally, the Citroen C5 is available with a 1.2-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine with power output falling in the range of 130 bhp to 180 bhp. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and an eight speed torque converter automatic unit.