French automaker Citroen has recently begun trials for the production of its first car, C5 Aircross SUV in India. The C5 Aircross is slated to be launched in India in early 2021. It will be locally assembled from CKD units to reduce prices.
Citroen is doing production trials at the CK Birla’s facility in Thiruvallur in Tamil Nadu. Citroen will be testing these first made-in-India units just like the early mules which imported and were caught being tested on the roads earlier.
As for the launch date, Citroen announced earlier that due to the Covid-19 pandemic it will be delayed to an unspecified date somewhere in the first quarter of 2021. Because of the CKD units being imported, the Citroen C5 Aircross will be the manufacturer’s first locally assembled car.
Sources suggest that the car will come with a single variant only and will be sold in limited numbers to gauge the market for future made-in-India vehicles. Citroen has plans to launch its mass volume sellers, from the ‘C’ line-up to forge its customer base in India. This hints to the launch of the locally manufactured C21 compact SUV in the future as a volume seller, which was caught being tested on the Indian roads earlier.
Expected equipment includes features like an electronic parking brake, hands-free tailgate, dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps & DRLs. India-bound Citroen C5 Aircross will be powered by a 2-litre diesel engine, mated with an 8-speed torque converter A/T.
As for its pricing. The C5 Aircross SUV is expected to lie between Rs 30-35 lakh price bracket. The SUV is expected to be sold at the company’s first exclusive showroom located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.