The Citroen C3 Aircross is the bigger version of the sub-four-metre iteration, the standard C3. Having said that, the former measures 4323mm in length. Among the Citroen cars offered in India, the C3 series is one of the French carmaker’s most important products.
As per reliable sources, the carmaker will commence the bookings of the Citroen C3 Aircross from September onwards. In addition to that, the deliveries will start somewhere around this festive season.
Apart from that, it is confirmed that this vehicle will have five- and seven-seat configurations. As for the rivals, the upcoming C3 Aircross will compete with the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor, and the upcoming Honda Elevate.
So, can the C3 Aircross be a dealbreaker in its segment? Let’s find out.
For starters, you should know that the French carmaker made several changes to the Citroen C3 Aircross, as it is dimensionally different from the sub-compact iteration. That said, it has also received a revised suspension setup. Besides that, it is based on the same platform as the standard C3.
As far as the figures go, it is confirmed that the upcoming C3 Aircross will be powered by a standard 1.2-litre (1199cc) Puretech 110, turbocharged petrol engine, which is tuned to churn out 109 bhp at 5500 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque at 1750 rpm. This is the same engine that powers the sub-compact version of the C3. For your reference, you can check out the Citroen C3 price list here.
Moreover, the C3 Aircross’s turbo-petrol engine will be exclusive to the six-speed manual gearbox. It will miss out on an automatic transmission but for the time being. In addition, it will send power to the front wheels only.
As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, the Citroen C3’s mileage is rated at 18.5 km/l. Please note that this is an ARAI-rated mileage figure. The real-world mileage, however, can vary with the engine and transmission combination, individuals’ driving styles as well as local traffic conditions.
Furthermore, the C3 can also be has in an electric version, known as the eC3. The Citroen eC3 price starts from Rs 11.50 lakh.
Keeping the powertrain options aside, let’s now jump to the suspension setup offered on the Citroen C3 Aircross. It stands on a MacPherson Strut with a Coil Spring at the front and a rear twist beam with a coil spring at the rear. As you may know, Citroen is known more producing comfort-oriented vehicles. Most of their vehicles are tuned to sail through the undulations and absorb the bumps from potholes with ease. To know the detailed ride quality of this SUV, check out the Citroen C3 Aircross review on the autoX website.
The braking duties are taken care of by all-disc brakes. But this setup could be exclusive to the top-most variant of the Citroen C3 Aircross. Once launched, a few offerings here and there could differ from variant to variant. At the same time, the Citroen C3 Aircross runs on 17-inch alloy rims. It will have a tyre profile of 215/60 R17. The spare wheel of this vehicle will be of steel.
As mentioned earlier, the Citroen C3 Aircross is dimensionally bigger than its sub-compact version. It has a length of 4323mm, a width of 1796mm, a height of 1669mm, and it sits on a wheelbase of 2671mm. The measurement of the wheelbase is pretty impressive, as compared to its rivals. So, the better the wheelbase, the better the expected legroom.
Furthermore, the kerb weight of the Citroen C3 Aircross is rate at 1230 kg. Last but not least, the Citroen C3 Aircross’ ground clearance is suit for Indian roads, rated at 200mm.
When the Citroen C3 Aircross is fully occupied by passengers, then there is a decent boot space of 444 litres. And you can increase it to 511 litres after folding down the 60:40 split seats.
Before listing the features of this Citroen cars, it is worth noting that the offerings listed here belong to the top-most variant of the Citroen C3 Aircross. Several features can vary from variant to variant.
Starting from inside, the fully-loaded version of the C3 Aircross is equip with a leatherette with Alcantara upholstery with a dual-tone colour scheme. It also offers a leather-wrapped steering wheel with steering-mounted controls. Besides that, this vehicle offers a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Along with that, it packs a 7-inch digital instrument cluster. The biggest and the most basic miss in this vehicle, especially from this segment is the presence of an auto HVAC, as well as, a sunroof. However, the top-most variant offers a manual anti-glare IRVM, a reverse camera with rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable ORVMs, power windows with a one-touch down function only (all), and a rear wiper.
Moreover, it has a wireless charger, USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth, LED DRLs, halogen fog lamps, etc.
On the safety front, the Citroen C3 Aircross has ABS with EBD, ESC, traction control, ESP, and hill-hold control. In addition, it is equipping with dual airbags, which is standard across the variants. It also packs a tyre pressure monitoring system, child-seat anchorages, seat belt warnings, speed-sensing door lock, and child-safety lock.
Prices and Variants
The French carmaker hasn’t revealed the price list yet. But, once launched, the Citroen C3 Aircross’ price will be similar to its rivals, the Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Hyundai Creta, Toyota Hyryder, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, and the MG Astor. The upcoming Honda Elevate will also make a foray into this segment. For more information, visit the autoX website or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. So, stay tuned!