Citroen has recently unveiled its new C3 Aircross SUV in India, which is the brand’s third model in the country after the C3 hatchback and C5 Aircross SUV. The vehicle is set to be launched in the second half of 2023 and is expected to bring in more business for the brand in India.
Citroen C3 Aircross SUV Manufacturing
The new C3 Aircross boasts of 90% localisation and is built on the CMP modular platform. It is the second product in Citroen’s C Cubed programme for India. The vehicle is larger than the C3 hatchback and has a longer wheelbase. It will be competing in the midsize SUV space.
C3 Aircross SUV Dimension’s
- The C3 Aircross is around 4.3 metres long, which is comparable to the Creta. The vehicle has unmistakable styling cues from the Citroen family, but it’s larger in size compared to the C3 hatchback. The front grille has a two-layer design with chrome and piano black inserts, and the vehicle gets the Citroen signature Y-Shaped daytime running lamps with halogen headlamps.
- The C3 Aircross SUV’s profile features round wheel arches and added cladding below the doors and on the wheel arches. The vehicle has a ground clearance of 200mm, which is more than the Creta. At the back, it has a large tailgate, tall bumpers with cladding, and squarish tail-lamps.
Boot Space & Interior
- The C3 Aircross SUV offers two seating options – a standard five-seat iteration and a three-row layout with a 5+2 seating configuration. The 5-seat variant offers a 444-litre boot space, while the 7-seater variant has 511 litres of cargo room with the third row fully removed.
- The dashboard design is similar to that of the C3 hatchback, but with new colours and textures. The 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is slick in operation with clear graphics and good touch response. The interior has electric adjustment for the wing mirrors, an all-digital instrument cluster, leatherette upholstery, and soft padding on the door armrests.
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Citroen C3 Aircross Rivals
However, the quality and equipment levels fall behind rivals in the segment. The lack of automatic air conditioning even on the top-spec trim, manual rotary knobs for the AC, hard and scratchy surfaces around the cabin, and no sunroof, are a big miss.
The second row’s rear power window controls are located in between the front seats, which is quite a reach to operate. The third row is best suited for kids or short journeys, with small quarter glass and an upright seatback.
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Citroen plans to expand its dealership network in India to 100 by the end of the year, which will bring additional traction for the brand. The C3 Aircross SUV is expected to be a strong contender in the midsize SUV space, given its competitive pricing and attractive design.