Citroen testing Creta-challenger in India; Launch soon

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Citroen might have had a low-profile and silent debut with the niche C5 Aircross SUV in the Indian car market, but it showcased its intentions of making it big with the new C3 hatchback. The arrival of the new Citroen C3 is a sign of good things to come shortly, as the French carmaker has already begun its works on its next big thing for India – a midsize SUV segment.

Recently, a heavily camouflaged test mule of a midsize SUV was spied doing test runs by Akhilesh Vasudevan, which is speculated to be the next offering from Citroen in India. This SUV looks bigger than the newly-launched C3 hatchback, which is just short of the crucial four-metre mark. It indicates that this SUV should be around 4.2-4.2 metres in length, indicating that it is squarely aimed at the current crop of midsize SUVs.

The spy pictures of this mystery SUV from Citroen showcase the stance and silhouette of the SUV from the left-side rear three-quarter angle. While not many design details are revealed in this heavily-camouflaged test mule, it shows that the SUV has a wide C-pillar and angular design for the rear window panels. The layout of the tail lamps is also visible partially in the spy pictures, which look very much inspired by those of the C3 hatchback.

Mid-size SUV segment

Currently, the midsize SUV segment is the most sought-after space in the Indian car market. While the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos are leading the pack, other SUVs like Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and MG Astor made things interesting in the past year. Also, the immediate arrival of newer SUVs like Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder is only going to make this game even more enticing to watch out for.

Given the segment in which it might enter, this new SUV from Citroen might come as a petrol-only model. It might get a tweaked version of the powerful 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which recently made its debut in the C3. To counter the added weight of the new SUV, this engine might be tweaked to offer higher power and torque outputs.

The developments around this new midsize SUV from Citroen confirm the official statement given by Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares. Recently, Tavares said that Citroen is specifically planning an SUV and an MPV for the Indian car market, which will also have electrified versions in the future.

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