Groupe PSA Testing Citroen C5 Aircross and DS7 Crossback in India

Groupe PSA will officially enter into India in 2020-21.

Groupe PSA has officially announced that it will enter into India in the next 2 years. This Groupe PSA is the owner of some of the globally renowned brands – Citroen, Peugeot, Vauxhall and DS. The company is currently testing two of its popular SUVs – DS7 Crossback and Citroen C5 Aircross in India. Previous media reports claim that the company could launch its first model as CKD unit and could be one of the above mentioned SUVs.

The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV directly rivals the Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass. It measures 4,500mm, 1,840mm and 1,670mm in length, width and height respectively, while the wheelbase stands at 2,730mm. The SUV comes with an impressive ground clearance of 230mm. Debuted in Shanghai in 2017, the C5 Aircross is currently on sale in select European markets.

The C5 Aircross is based on the EMP2 platform that also underpins the DS7 Crossback, the Peugeot 3008 and the Vauxhall Grandland X. It is available with a range of petrol and diesel engine options globally, ranging from 1.2-litre turbo-petrol to 2.0-litre diesel.

For people not in the know, Groupe PSA and CK Birla Group has formed a JV to sell cars in India and to develop powertrains. The company has already started manufacturing the 1.2-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines at the Greenfield facility located in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. These two engines also power the more luxurious DS7 Crossback.

The PSA Group will develop products at the CK Birla’s Tiruvallur facility in Tamil Nadu to locally produce vehicles. In fact, the SUVs caught testing was registered in Tiruvallur. Groupe PSA has also bought the rights to the Ambassador name from Hindustan Motors. Media reports claim that the Ambassador nameplate could be re-introduced in India as a compact sedan.

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