Industry sources suggest a production version of the C-Aircross will launch before the end of 2017, with the C3 Picasso making way for it in the Citroën range.
Officially the car demonstrates the extension of Citroen’s latest design language, seen first on the Aircross concept of 2015 and in production form on the C4 Cactus and more recently the C3, to the SUV sector.
The C-Aircross is a compact car, measuring 4.15 metres long, 1.74m wide and 1.63m high. Like its sister models it boasts a distinctive silhouette with a short but raised bonnet and stands high to rival more traditional SUVs for presence.
Notable elements of the concept include rear hinges on the second pair of doors. Combined with large windows and a panoramic sunroof the doors open to give an impression of extensive interior space.
Citroen is applying its Advanced Comfort programme to the C-Aircross . A colour head-up display replaces traditional dials, user-friendly controls sit on the single-spoke steering wheel, while rear-facing cameras are employed in place of the door mirrors. A 12-inch touchscreen dominates the centre console. A host of storage areas are incorporated throughout the cabin.
No details have been released concerning powertrains though the production model will likely make use of the same engine range as the recently launched C3. The concept makes use of the brand’s Grip Control system, offering standard, sand, off-road and snow modes, together with one that disengages the electronic stability programme.
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