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Citroen C3 Aircross spotted testing sans camouflage

– Expected to be launched later this yr

– Will be a sub-four metre compact SUV

Citroen had launched its debut mannequin – the C5 Aircross in India early this month with a beginning worth of Rs 29.90 lakh (ex-showroom). Now, in a bid to stick to its commitments, the French carmaker has begun engaged on its second India-bound mannequin that’s more likely to be the C3 Aircross. 

The uncamouflaged photographs reveal the prototype spotted on the Indian roads that seems to be smaller in dimensions than the C5 Aircross and may very well be the model’s key to the favored compact SUV section. Expected to be beneath 4 metre in size, the take a look at mule will get the identical household design with a split-headlamp setup. The daytime working lights are positioned throughout the bonnet line whereas the square-shaped headlamps are mounted on the bumper. The fore and aft silver skid plates with a three-box design surrounded by the cladding go effectively with the boxy look of the SUV. 

The metal rims point out a decrease mid-spec mannequin being examined. Other exterior highlights embrace black roof rails, a rear wiper, and thick plastic cladding across the wheel arches. The taillamps on the take a look at automotive are a single box-type unit with black inserts on the boot. The tailgate extends all the way in which to the bumper hinting at a big opening and low loading sill. 

The carmaker already produces the 1.2-litre petrol engine and the six-speed gearbox in India that might make its approach within the SUV. The C3 Aircross, when launched in India, must show its value towards the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Honda WR-V, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Magnite, and the Renault Kiger. With nearly all of the OEMs marking their presence within the section, Citroen has a protracted approach to go. 

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