CITROEN GIVES NEW SUV FAMILY A GOOD AIRING
Citroen’s C3 Aircross ‘supermini on stilts’ is a colourful character in the compact SUV sector.
Replacing the C3 Picasso multi-purpose vehicle, its is based on the C3 supermini with ground clearance up
5cm to 17.5cm. Petrol engines will power 70 per cent of models with three 1.2-litre units, two turbo charged, and two 1.6-litre turbo diesels.
There’s no all-wheel drive but optional Grip Control and hill descent assist gives more frontwheel traction off the beaten track with standard automatic, snow, mud and sand modes and turning off stability control.
And Citroen launches the bigger, flagship C5 Aircross in January. The C5 Aircross SUV has three individual sliding, folding and reclining rear seats, and best-in-class boot space of 580 to 720 litres depending on second-row seat position.
Like the C3 Aircross, it features Citroen’s progressive hydraulic cushion suspension for a ‘magic carpet ride’ effect. It also has advanced comfort seats and Grip Control with hill descent assist for better grip and handling on difficult terrain. Mud and snow tyres are optional.