Now that the PSA group is considering the Citroen brand for India is a well-known fact. The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV has been snapped multiple times in India, undergoing testing. We have another reason to rejoice and wait for the Citroen’s entry to India. The C5 Aircross SUV has scored a 4-star EURO NCAP rating for the standard trim.
The Citroen C5 Aircross is already on sale internationally and the standard trim has front and side airbags, seat belt pre-tensioner, ISOFIX on the passenger and rear seat, speed assistance, lane assist and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB). According to the NCAP report, the passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test. The readings taken from the dummies showed good protection for the driver and the passenger. There was weak protection in the tibia region, but only in the frontal offset tests.
The readings from all other tests – full width, whiplash rear impact, and lateral impact showed good protection for the adult occupants. The car scored an impressive 23.6 out of 24 in child safety, which speaks volumes about the quality. The score was 87% for adult occupants.
EURO NCAP also tested the Citroen C5 Aircross with added safety package and the car scored a perfect 5-star rating. The Safety package adds the AEB for cyclist detection and some more equipment over standard safety. When launched, the Citroen C5 Aircross will lock horns with the Hyundai Tuscon and the upcoming MG Hector.
PSA Group in India
The PSA Group has already started its operations in India, but the first car won’t hit the roads until 2020. The group has set up the powertrain plant at Hosur in partnership with Avtec, where they will produce the engine. The international spec Citroen C5 Aircross is available in four powertrain options, a 1.5-liter diesel unit, a 2.0-liter diesel unit, a 1.2-liter petrol motor, and a 1.6-liter petrol engine. A six-speed manual gearbox comes mated to the engines as a standard while the eight-speed automatic transmission is an optional offering.