In recent times, India has witnessed a growing fondness for 7-seater vehicles. These larger cars have become the go-to choice for families that require the extra space for comfortable travel. Responding to the rising demand, many automobile manufacturers are keen on launching bigger vehicles in the Indian market, and Citroen is the latest to join this bandwagon.
Citroen is known for its models like the C3 hatchback and the C5 Aircross. Their new venture is said to be based on the C3 hatchback and will primarily compete against the popular Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Given Citroen’s reputation and offerings, this 7-seater might pose a formidable challenge to Maruti’s MPV.
Initial glimpses of the car during test drives have unveiled some interesting features. For instance, it seems that instead of 17-inch wheels, the car might be equipped with 16-inch ones. This vehicle is slightly larger than the Citroen C3, hinting at a more spacious cabin. Its exterior boasts plastic body cladding, an expansive glass area, and an extended rear overhang.
Safety hasn’t been compromised. The car is expected to feature dual airbags, hill hold assist, rear parking sensors, a tire pressure monitoring system, and ABS with EBD. In the crowded Indian market, this vehicle is set to rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Grand Vitara, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Elevate.
According to media reports, post its launch, Citroen’s new 7-seater MPV will challenge the currently available Renault Triber. Speculations suggest that this vehicle might be named the C3 Aircross. It will bear some distinct design elements different from the Citroen C3, including changes in the bumper, fog lamp assembly, and the front grille.
Under the hood, buyers will have an option between a 1.2L, 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine, and a 1.2L, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine – similar to what is seen in the C3 hatchback. The interior will boast a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, and a speed-sensitive auto door lock, among other amenities.
In terms of pricing, the Citroen lineup starts from 9.99 lakh rupees for the 5-seater variant and goes up to 12.34 lakh rupees for the 5+2, 7-seater Max variant.