French automaker Citroen India is believed to be gearing up to take on the midsize SUV segment with its upcoming offering. Likely to be named the C3 Aircross, it is reportedly undergoing the final phases of testing currently. The new model will slot in between the C5 Aircross and C3 in the brand’s India lineup. Here is all that we know about the upcoming vehicle.
Citroen C3 Aircross: Exterior Design and Interior Features
Recent spy shots of the new SUV reveal that the four-wheeler will be considerably larger than the C3 and will look quite different from the hatchback. However, it will share a few design elements like the split headlight setup, grille, and wraparound tail lights. The new model is also reported to be offered in both 5-seat and 7-seat configurations.
Further, the spy shots also reveal the interior of the upcoming C3 Aircross. The SUV features a new dashboard layout, with a fully digital instrument cluster replacing the hatchback’s bare bones unit and a bigger touchscreen infotainment screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While it will share some elements like the steering wheel and switchgear, the upcoming model will get additional equipment like auto climate control, ambient lighting, wireless charging, push button start/stop, and more.
Citroen C3 Aircross: Powertrain Details
The New Citroen C3 Aircross will be offered with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol motor that currently does duty on the higher trim levels of the C3 hatchback. It makes 110 bhp power output with 190 Nm of peak torque. Both manual and automatic transmission options are likely to be offered with the four-wheeler.
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Furthermore, Citroen is also planning to launch an all-electric model soon after the introduction of the ICE-powered model.
Citroen C3 Aircross: Launch and Rivals in India
While Citroen has not announced an official launch date yet, expect the C3 Aircross to be introduced by the end of 2023. Upon launch, it will become the latest entrant in the midsize SUV segment, rivaling the likes of the Škoda Kushaq, VW Taigun, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Maruti Grand Vitara, MG Hector and the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder in its segment.
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