Groupe PSA will officially launch its first product, the Citroen C5 Aircross in March 2021. This will come as a CKD model and is expected to be priced around Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh. Citroen has officially announced to launch locally developed products from the second half of this year. A sub-4 meter SUV, codenamed C21 will be the brand’s first product to be followed by a mid-sized SUV, codenamed CC24 in the mid-2022.
Citroen is reportedly working on an all-new mini electric SUV, which is rumoured to be priced under Rs 10 lakh. A new report claims that Citroen is also developing a new mid-sized sedan, which will be positioned against the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Volkswagen and Skoda will also launch new mid-sized sedans in the market in 2022. The exact launch timeline of the new Citroen CC26 sedan is yet to be announced, but it is most likely to be arrived by 2023.
The Citroen CC26 mid-sized sedan is most likely to be based on the simplified version of the Groupe PSA’s CMP (Common Modular Platform), which also underpins the Peugeot 208 hatchback. This platform is compatible with different body styles including SUVs, sedans, hatchbacks and MPVs, and can use multiple engine options such as petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid.
The report claims that Citroen could bring back the iconic Ambassador nameplate with the sedan; however, the company is yet to make an official statement on the same. For people not in the know, Groupe PSA had acquired the Ambassador brand from Hindustan Motors for 80 crores. Previous media reports suggest that Ambassador nameplate could be used exclusively for electric vehicles to be sold in India only.
Citroen has already announced that its locally developed affordable cars will come with petrol engine only. The sedan is likely to receive a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with power output close to 130bhp. Both manual and automatic gearbox options will be on offer.
Source – ET Auto