Citroen has officially opened pre-orders for the automatic variant of the C3 Aircross, requiring a token amount of Rs. 25,000. Anticipated deliveries are scheduled to commence in the latter part of the upcoming month.
The automatic version is expected to come with a price tag approximately Rs. 1 lakh higher than its manual counterpart. Industry sources suggest that the starting price for the C3 Aircross’s automatic model will be competitive, potentially attracting a broader customer base.
Automatic Gearbox Details and Variants
Equipped with a torque converter gearbox from Japanese manufacturer Aisin, the Citroen C3 Aircross (automatic) features a 6-speed unit identical to its Indonesian model counterpart. Maintaining the 1.2-liter turbo-petrol engine used in the manual variant, it is speculated that the top two trims of the C3 Aircross will offer the automatic transmission option.
Competing with Midsize SUVs in India
The introduction of an automatic gearbox aims to enhance the C3 Aircross’s appeal among buyers seeking an SUV with automated transmission. In the Indian market, the vehicle faces competition from various midsize SUVs, including the Hyundai CRETA, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, SKODA KUSHAQ, and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.
Stellantis, Citroen’s parent company, plans to invest an additional Rs. 2,000 crore in Citroen India, signaling a commitment to further strengthen its presence in the country.
In India, the manual version of the Citroen C3 Aircross starts at Rs. 9.99 lakh for the base You model and goes up to Rs. 12.1 lakh for the range-topping Plus (7-seater) DT version (all prices, ex-showroom). The automatic variants are expected to be priced at a premium.