Citroen C5 Aircross Preview
Citroen, the PSA group-owned brand has confirmed the launch of its flagship model in India – the C5 Aircross. It is slated to be Citroen’s first product for India, and will start rolling off showroom floors by late 2020. The car has also been spied testing as a mule in the country, quite a number of times. The French car maker has even started producing engines and gearboxes at its Hosur plant in Tamil Nadu. Citroen had also showcased the C5 Aircross in India recently. With an array of features on offer, powerful engines and a solidly built cabin, the C5 Aircross is bound to be a 30 lakh-rupee SUV with all the possible bells and whistles a buyer would expect in the premium luxury crossover segment.
Now, if something is sure to lure buyers, it's the unconventional styling approach of the C5 Aircross. You could easily tell it's a Citroen from the split headlamp design, joining what is essentially the radiator grille, further forming the large Citroen logo in the middle. Even the plastic bubble-like cladding around is unmistakably Citroen. The cabin is, perhaps, one of the best you'll see. The two-tone dashboard is built keeping in mind the modern times; the split AC vents set a good example, while the leather seats appear well bolstered. In terms of space as well, the C5 Aircross is definitely unlikely to disappoint prospective buyers. There are also storage spaces around, and a large central cubby for when one needs to store any loose belongings. Have the tail gate opened up, and you'll be welcomed by a 580-litre boot.
A host of features will be available, like smart headlamps with an auto high beam function, digital instrument cluster, climate control, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen system, steering-mounted audio controls, blind spot assist, attention assist, hill-hold assist and an array of connectivity options as well.
Considering Indian road conditions, the Citroen C5 Aircross' Progressive Hydraulic suspension should handle the job of absorbing undulations with ease, while also ensuring the C5 Aircross is an impressive highway cruiser. For overseas markets, the C5 Aircross employs one petrol, and two diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 130bhp, while the 2.0-litre diesel engine musters 180bhp and the 1.5-litre turbo diesel motor makes 130bhp. Transmission options include either an 8-speed torque-converter automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox. Citroen is currently tight-lipped about the India-spec model, but you could look forward to one of the diesel engines making it to Indian shores, when it goes on sale towards the end of 2020.