PSA finally have given some clarity on their first product that will be launched in India. The brand which entered the Indian market in 2017 had earlier announced that they will be bringing in the Citroen nameplate here. The earlier plan was to relaunch Peugeot. Now, PSA has announced that the Citroen C5 AirCross SUV, their flagship, will be launched in September 2020. A new plant has been set up in Hosur in conjunction with AVTEC powertrains. This plant has an annual capacity of 80,000 cars but production can be ramped up to 1.5 lakh.
Powertrain and specifics of the Citroen C5 AirCross SUV
The Citroen C5 AirCross SUV India details haven’t been revealed. However, Citroen globally does have two petrol and diesel engines. The engine that will make more sense in the Indian market will be the 2.0-litre turbo diesel. This one produces 181PS of power and 400Nm. An 8-speed automatic transmission is mated to this engine. The petrols are turbocharged units and are available with a manual and automatic transmissions too. Citroen also has PHEVs as well as hybrid vehicles in its line-up. It is likely that once things settle down with respect to sales and demand, PSA will bring in alternate fuel options.
So, the Citroen C5 AirCross will be a CBU?
Contrary to that, it will be a made-in-India product. In fact, the Citroen C5 AirCross is going to have around 95 per cent localisation. The engines will have more than 90 per cent localisation while the body parts will have around 98 per cent. That is a huge amount considering that its well established rivals in India still have a long way to achieve these kind of local components. This will help Citroen get an upper hand as far as pricing is concerned. The rivals of the Citroen C5 AirCross will include the Honda CR-V, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, MG Hector as well as the Tata Harrier to a great extent. We expect the Citroen C5 AirCross price in India to start from Rs 18 lakh, ex-showroom.