Groupe PSA has confirmed that its India-centric plan will remain intact despite slowing economy predictions due to COVID-19. However, the company has pushed the launch of Citroen C5 Aircross SUV to early 2021 – January-March. The company will also start launching locally developed products from 2021.
The Groupe PSA plans to launch 4 new cars under the Citroen nameplate in the Indian market. While the C5 Aircross will be a CKD unit, the rest 3 models will be locally developed at its production plant in Tamil Nadu. The Citron C5 Aircross is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 25 lakh – Rs 30 lakh. It will directly rival the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V.
The Citroen C5 Aircross will be equipped with several high-end comfort and convenience features including large touchscreen with connectivity options, electrically adjustable powered seats, 360 degree camera, electric panoramic sunroof, etc. The SUV will be offered with petrol and diesel engine options with manual and automatic gearboxes.
Talking about the locally developed products, Citroen will launch an all-new sub-4 meter SUV in the second half of 2021. Codenamed Citroen C21, the compact SUV will challenge the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Kia Sonet. The new model will be based on the CMP (Common Modular Platform), which currently underpins new range of Peugeot cars in global markets. The compact SUV will be offered with multiple engine options including a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. A six-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the front wheels will come as standard.
The French automaker is also developing an all-new premium hatchback, which will rival the likes of the Hyundai i20, Maruti Baleno and the Tata Altroz. This model will be followed by an all-new sedan, which is expected to be launched in 2022. These two models will be designed and developed on the new CMP platform. Details about the new products are still under the wraps.