Tech2 news teamApril 7, 2021 3:24:51 PM IST
The Citroen C5 Aircross was launched in India at an initial launch price of Rs 29.90 lakh. Available in two versions, the C5 Aircross Feel is priced at Rs 29.90 lakh, while the fully loaded C5 Aircross Shine costs Rs 31.90 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Citroen says it has already received more than 1,000 advance reservations for the C5 Aircross since the company opened the order books last month. However, at this price, the top-end Citroen C5 Aircross is about Rs 4 lakh more expensive than the equivalent Jeep Compass, and almost Rs 5 lakh more expensive than the equivalent Hyundai Tucson.
In addition to being sold through 10 of its physical ‘La Maison’ dealers, the C5 Aircross will also be available for purchase online through the company’s direct sales program in more than 50 cities in India. This is to maximize the company’s reach in regions where it does not currently have a dealership, and for those who choose to purchase the C5 Aircross online, Citroen will provide a dedicated test drive fleet, an online sales advisor, virtual product demonstration and home delivery direct from the factory.
Citroen says that between 15 and 20 percent of the bookings it has received so far have been made through its online portal.
First introduced on Indian soil in 2019, the C5 Aircross was due to launch in the second half of 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the PSA Group, and the company decided to delay the introduction of the Citroen Brand until 2021.
Reservations for the French SUV have been open for the past few weeks, with the reservation amount set at Rs 50,000. Those who pre-booked the C5 Aircross through April 6 are eligible for free periodic services for up to five years or 50,000 km, whichever comes first. Today, the company also announced the Citroen Future Sure package, which costs Rs 49,999 and provides owners with routine maintenance, extended warranty, roadside assistance and road financing for up to 5 years.
In short, the Citroen C5 Aircross is a 5-seat SUV, which is roughly the same size as the Tucson. It measures 4,500mm long, 1,969mm wide and 1,710mm high, with a 2,730mm wheelbase.
Citroen has provided flexible seats on the C5 Aircross: each of the three heavily reinforced rear seats can slide forward and backward and individually fold according to user requirements to create more space for luggage.
With the three rear seats up, the boot space is pegged at a generous 580 liters, and with all three seats folded down, it rises to a cavernous 1,630 liters. The C5 Aircross has a 52.5-liter fuel tank and will be available in a total of four colors, with a contrast roof available as an option.
High-spec Citroen C5 Aircross Shine packages feature dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, an air purifier, operation hands-free liftgate, connected car technology, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Feel version, on the other hand, has most of the features of the Shine, but has halogen headlights and misses the panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, and hands-free tailgate operation. The two-tone paint costs an additional Rs 50,000 in the Feel variant.
The safety kit includes front, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control, reversing camera, disc brakes for all four wheels, blind spot monitoring system, electronic parking brake and active parking assistance. In order to highlight its focus on comfort, Citroën has also equipped the C5 Aircross with double-glazed front windows to reduce NVH levels in the interior.
The Citroën C5 Aircross has a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that generates 177 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Citroen claims that the C5 Aircross 18.6 kpl’s ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure is the best in its segment. Along with it is an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with shift paddles. Riding modes and a Grip Control system are also available, to help the C5 traverse rough terrain.
For now, Citroen C5 Aircross rivals include the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson, but it will soon also face competition from the five-seat Volkswagen Tiguan facelift, which will be launched in the coming months and will be assembled locally.