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New Citroën C3 Aircross: Launched in India at the end of January with automatic transmission

The new Citroën C3 Aircross in blue and white roof

As I told you two weeks ago, the automatic gearbox will be available on the new Citroën C3 Aircross. In fact, on 29 January, the C3 Aircross will be officially presented with an automatic gearbox, an arrival on the Indian market that should have a significant impact on sales.

On the Indian market since mid-October, the new Citroën C3 Aircross has a decidedly limited range with only three versions and a single engine option, the 130 bhp 1.2 Puretech mated to a manual gearbox. A curious choice on the part of the brand, given that the Indian market is overwhelmingly focused on cars with automatic transmissions, especially since Citroën has officially introduced such a version of the C3 Aircross for the Indonesian market, even though the latter is manufactured in India...

However, Citroën reacted quickly and announced that the automatic transmission will be officially unveiled on 29 January, the brand announced it through a short video on social networks that I invite you to discover:

However, the C3 Aircross with automatic transmission is already available at certain dealerships in India and reservations can be made with a deposit of 25,000 rupees or around €275. The automatic gearbox should be available on the higher trim levels of the C3 Aircross, i.e. my Plus and Max, for a relatively small additional cost, as rumours suggest a price increase of €1,100 compared to equivalent manual versions. The proposed gearbox would be the EAT6 from the Japanese group Aisin.

To sum up, India is a market that is mainly geared towards automatic transmissions, so offering one is a necessity. The brand is correcting its mistake and will soon offer an automatic version of the C3 Aircross, which should have an impact on sales, which have been relatively modest so far. Of course, it's a safe bet that the same gearbox will be available on the C3 in the coming months or weeks, which should also help to boost sales.

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