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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.

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