Citroen C5 Aircross Spied Testing Ahead Of Launch Next Year

The C5 Aircross will rival the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and the MG Hector

  • The C5 Aircross is slated to launch in India by late-2020.
  • It gets two petrol and diesel engines in international markets.
  • Citroen will only commence production from 2021.

Sometime back in April 2019, Citroen revealed its plans and its first model for India, the C5 Aircross. The Jeep Compass rival is all set to be unveiled by the end of 2020. Meanwhile, the C5 Aircross has now been spotted testing on our roads without any camouflage. Here’s what the SUV is all about: 

Quite honestly, the C5 Aircross looks like nothing on the road. The design is modern and butch with the higlights being the split headlamps and  grille. The C5 Aircross is based on Groupe PSA’s EMP2 platform which has spawned various other models in various markets. The SUV is right up there with the competition when it comes to size. 

In international markets, the C5 Aircross is offered with the choice of two diesel and petrol engines. The petrol motors are a 1.2-litre (130PS/230Nm) and a 1.6-litre unit (181PS/250Nm). The diesel engine options are a 1.5-litre (131PS/300Nm) and a bigger 2.0-litre unit (170PS/400Nm). These figures are sent to the front wheels using either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

Some of the most impressive features on the C5 Aircross are a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, and hands-free parking. These features are also expected to make it to India when the SUV is launched. 

The C5 will establish the brand in India, similar to Kia Seltos. It will be launched via the CKD route and will be assembled at Citroen’s facility in Tiruvallur, Chennai. The carmaker will only rollout a made-in-India model from the facility in 2021. Besides, Citroen is also looking forward to introducing other models in India. The DS 7 Crossback was exclusively spied by us earlier in September.

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