Groupe PSA will officially launch the Citroen C5 Aircross in India in Q1, 2021, which will be followed by a compact SUV, hatchback and sedan in the next 3 years.
We reported earlier that Citroen will introduce 3 locally developed in the Indian market. Now, it is confirmed that the French automaker will launch its first product Citroen C5 Aircross in the first quarter of 2021. In fact, Citroen India via tweet confirms that the first locally developed car will be launched in 2021.
Replying to a question on Twitter, Citroen India said, “Our journey in India begins with the launch of the new C5 Aircross SUV in Q1 2021, followed by one new product every year from 2021 to 2023 under the C-Cubed program. These range of new products will be made and launched in India before being taken to the rest of the world.”
This confirms that the first locally developed Citroen car in India will go on sale in the second half of 2021. It is reported that Citroen could launch an all-new sub-4 meter SUV, codenamed C21 in the second half of 2021. Rumoured to be called Citroen C3 Sporty, the SUV will take on the likes of the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and others. Previous media report claims that the new Citroen C21 will be offered with 3 engine options – 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 company is also expected to develop 2 new cars including an all-new sedan and a compact hatchback. The hatchback, codenamed CC21, is likely to be launched in 2022. The new Citroen cars will be produced at the Tiruvallur plant in Tamil Nadu, which was earlier owned by Hindustan Motors. The company will also export these cars to select international markets.
The 3 locally developed Citroen cars will be designed and developed on the Groupe PSA’s CMP (Common Modular Platform), which currently underpins the Peugeot 208. This platform is compatible to accommodate different body styles and different engines including electric and hybrid.