Citroen shows off C-air­cross

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Citroen has re­vealed its lat­est com­pact SUV con­cept fea­tur­ing an un­mis­take­ably Citroen de­sign theme in­side and out, ahead of its pub­lic de­but at the Geneva mo­tor show next month.

Called the C-air­cross, it car­ries de­sign cues from the Air­cross con­cept that was shown at the 2015 Shang­hai mo­tor show, and if it makes it into pro­duc­tion, could her­ald a new en­trant into the com­pact SUV seg­ment to sit above the C4 Cac­tus that was re­leased last year.

The C-air­cross mea­sures the same length as the C4 Cac­tus, but sits 10mm wider and 100mm higher, and draws its de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from the up­dated C3 hatch that is due to land in Aus­tralia mid­way through this year.

It fea­tures the same thin, hor­i­zon­tal LED day­time run­ning lights with a thin, two-stripe chrome grille in­ter­sect­ing the Citroen logo, and beefy main head­lamps with red bezels.

Both the front and rear bumpers have a mus­cu­lar, triple-slat de­sign with glossy black fin­ish, while the en­tire skirt of the car, in­clud­ing wheel arches, is adorned with a thick, ‘cam­ou­flage’ black fin­ish.

The tail-lights fea­ture a funky, split three-part de­sign, while red ac­cents are present on the wheel hubs, Cpil­lar, roof rails, and one of the three pad­ding bub­bles along the doors, that are present on the C4 Cac­tus.

The roof fea­tures a panoramic sun­roof and is coloured white to off­set the black and blue-grey colours of the rest of the car, while the wheels have a unique de­sign en­com­pass­ing eight rec­tan­gu­lar-shaped sil­ver-fin­ished seg­ments.

Citroen’s quirky de­sign con­tin­ues in the four-seater cabin which is ac­cessed through sui­cide doors, a fea­ture that was also seen on the Air­cross and Cx­pe­ri­ence con­cepts.

In­side is a 12-inch dig­i­tal touch­screen and multi-func­tion colour head-up dis­play, and makes min­i­mal use of tac­tile but­tons, fea­tur­ing only four on the dash­board, four on the one-spoke steer­ing wheel and a sin­gle se­lec­tor knob for ac­cess­ing the ve­hi­cle’s grip control func­tion.

Rear vi­sion is avail­able through a pair of cam­eras in place of side mir­rors, while a cam­era nes­tled in the roof spoiler al­lows rear vi­sion, all through the 12-inch touch­screen which can be split in up to three dif­fer­ent screens.

Sim­plic­ity is a big fea­ture of the in­te­rior, with a sin­gle, un­bro­ken dash­board, Al­can­tara-em­bossed seats with quilt ef­fect, and cloth trim in grey and co­ral colours.

There is a large stor­age com­part­ment that runs along the length of the dash­board, while the cen­tre con­sole con­tains a wire­less phone charg­ing com­part­ment.

There is even a spot on the back of the front seats for rear pas­sen­gers to place a tablet.

The front-wheel-drive C-air­cross in­cludes some off-road­ing func­tion­al­ity with the grip control fea­ture, which uses five dif­fer­ent se­lectable modes – stan­dard, sand, off-road, snow and ESP off – to ad­just the dif­fer­en­tial and give the driver more ver­sa­tile driv­ing op­tions.

There is no word on what driv­e­trains would be pow­er­ing the C-air­cross should it come into pro­duc­tion, how­ever given its sim­i­lar di­men­sions to the C4 Cac­tus, it could be of­fered with the same en­gines.

The most likely starter would be the 1.2-litre Puretech tur­bocharged three­cylin­der petrol en­gine which is used across a range of Peu­geot and Citroen ve­hi­cles, and has won the last two In­ter­na­tional En­gine of the Year Awards for its class.

The other en­gine in the C4 Cac­tus, the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel four-cylin­der, is a pos­si­bil­ity due to the size in­crease of the C-air­cross.

More de­tails will be re­vealed on the C-air­cross at its pub­lic de­but at Geneva on March 7.

C-THIS: The C-air­cross fea­tures a strik­ing and quirky de­sign that is be­com­ing syn­ony­mous with Citroen.

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