Citroën today is revealing the All-New C3 Aircross, a family Midsize-SUV created to meet the specific needs of Indian customers. The All-New C3 Aircross is, above all, unmistakably a Citroën, and at the same time a pure Midsize-SUV, which will compete at the heart of the market by offering car buyers compelling value in a tailor-made package. The SUV combines a unique, muscular, and bold design, with signature Citroën comfort and well-being, plus versatility in the segment for up to 7 people. Unmistakably Citroën, All-New C3 Aircross is a tough and distinctive SUV available in both 5-seater and 5+2-seater versions and targeted for launch in India in second half of 2023.
All-New C3 Aircross is the second in a family of three new models specifically aimed at international growing markets under Citroën’s C-Cubed programme, announced in 2019, and being marketed between 2022 and 2024. The Midsize-SUV is developed and produced locally – at the Thiruvallur plant in Tamil Nadu with over 90% localisation. This ensures customers satisfaction that allows faster parts availability and overall lower cost of ownership.
This new 4.3m SUV model and the already launched brand’s flagship C5 Aircross SUV, sub 4m New C3 & ë-C3 represents key steps in Citroën’s international growth strategy, under which the brand is targeting 30 percent of its global vehicle sales to be in regions and markets outside of Europe by 2025. The SUV has 200mm ground clearance and 2671mm of ground clearance.
Specifically for All-New C3 Aircross, this involved thorough research into the physical conditions in India, and extensive conversations with customers to ensure this Midsize-SUV fully meets their wants and needs. Data that emerged from customer clinics directly influenced the final styling, design and features of the All-New C3 Aircross.
The wide C-pillar adds verticality and strength to the body, while neat rear quarter windows add to the feeling of light and space for passengers. Windows and long rear doors enhance the feeling of height, light and visibility, and allow easy access to the rear rows of seats.
To enhance their pride of ownership, customers can also personalise their vehicle by choosing from a wide range of themed packs and accessories tailor-made to market expectations and designed to add character, street presence and value. Additionally, Citroën’s signature contrasting roof colours create an eye-catching dual tone effect for owners who want to add extra touch of personalisation to their vehicle.
Citroën-tuned steering and turning circle for enhanced agility and easy maneuvering in dense urban traffic complement this. Even the underbody structure and approach angles have been engineered to ensure that All-New C3 Aircross can tackle rough road surfaces with ease and climb up or down steep slopes.
Muscular and purposeful bumpers along with the high ground clearance make it easy to bump up and over undulating road-surfaces when required, while the torsional stiffness of the body has been closely studied to reduce vibration and amplify occupant comfort.
The 5-seater model offers one of the best knee room for rear seat passengers and up to 444-litres of luggage volume, while the 5+2-seater model adds intelligent modularity for multiple uses, with a third row of two individual seats. These can be folded down or removed individually when the family needs to balance the room for passengers with up to 511-litres capacity for luggage.
Supremely comfortable seats combine with a powerful climate and air-conditioning system to keep everyone relaxed, particularly in the second and third rows of the 5+2-seater version thanks to a roof-mounted blower. Thoughtful storage solutions throughout include cup holders that double as smartphone holders in the second and third rows so occupants can power their connectivity and stay in touch or entertained on the move. The powertrain details are surprisingly not out yet. Turbo variants will be offered but specs are still amiss. Everything else remains the same. The C3 Aircross 5-seater variant has more features over the regular C3. A new instrument cluster has been added along with day and night IRVM, electric ORVM’s are on offer.