The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV posted sales of 230 units in April 2021. Our sister publication Autocar Professional has learnt that Citroen had produced an estimated 280 vehicles at its plant in Tamil Nadu last month, out of which 230 were dispatched to dealers across India. Having received over a 1,000 claimed pre-bookings for the SUV in its debut month, the automaker will need to ramp up production by three times to cater to the pending orders.
Citroen sold 230 units of the C5 in its debut month
The French carmaker received 1,000 bookings for the C5 in April
Citroen will follow up the C5 with the debut of the C3-based compact SUV this year
Citroen C5 Aircross features
Introduced on April 7, the C5 Aircross has been the launchpad for Citroen in India. The company is banking big on the two key attributes – comfort and design – with its flagship product, which rivals the likes of Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.
The C5 Aircross is available in two variants, priced in the Rs 29.90-31.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) range. The entry-level ‘Feel’ trim is well equipped and comes with features like LED DRLs, fog lamps, diamond-cut alloy wheels, 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, auto parking, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, digital instrument cluster and drive and traction modes.
The ‘Shine’ variant adds in kit like LED projector headlamps, panoramic sunroof and a hands-free opening function for the tailgate. Irrespective of the trim, the safety equipment remains standard, including 6 airbags, ESP, traction control, hill start and descent assist, electric parking brake and reversing sensors and camera.
Citroen C5 Aircross engine-gearbox details
The C5 Aircross is available in a single diesel-automatic powertrain combination. It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine under the hood that puts out 177hp and 400Nm of torque. The drive is transmitted to the front-wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Backing up the company’s focus on comfort, the C5 also gets Citroen’s ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushion’ equipped suspension system that is claimed to provide a supple ride.
Citroen India’s manufacturing and sales footprint
The C5 SUV is being assembled from CKD (completely-knocked down) kits at the company’s 1,00,000-unit annual capacity plant in Thiruvallur, near Chennai.
In its first phase, Citroen India has set up a retail network of 10 'La Maison Citroen' showrooms in key cities including Delhi, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. While the remaining outlets are located in Hyderabad, Kochi, Pune and Kolkata, the company is also emphasising on digital sales, to cater to customer needs, especially during the pandemic.
Citroen India’s upcoming compact SUV
Though it may have introduced the C5 with a sole diesel powertrain, going forward, Citroen is focused on introducing petrol-only engines when it enters the mass-market segment with its ‘C-Cubed’ strategy that aims to roll out one new model every year for the next four-five years in the country.
To begin with, Citroen will take the covers off its first made-in-India product – a version of the C3 – later this year. The carmaker is targeting localisation levels of up to 90-95 percent for the sub-four-metre model.
The Citroen compact SUV’s design has already been leaked online and the model seems to conform to the company’s quirky design language. When launched, the model (known by its internal codename: C21) will take on the likes of the Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet and the Tata Nexon in our market.
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