Geneva: Citroën plots crossover future

C-Aircross expected on sale in 2018.

- Advertisement -

The Citroën C-Aircross Concept debuts at the Geneva motor show as ‘a new vision’ of the French brand’s future SUV line.

Citroën C-Aircross concept teases new C3 Picasso

In fact it is the likely replacement for the current C3 Picasso, and when the production version is unveiled – possibly at the Frankfurt Show in September, it will be pitched against the mass-selling Nissan Juke.

The design takes the latest styling language established with the recent C4 Cactus and particularly C3 models and applies it to a SUV format. Notable touches on the concept include rear-hinged back doors which give the cabin a spacious feel when they are opened.

Technology features heavily in the concept – the car includes a colour head-up display that replaces the traditional instrument panel, a single-spoke steering wheel with controls mounted on it, rear facing cameras instead of mirrors and wireless induction charging for smartphones.

The production model, likely on sale early in 2018, is expected to use the same engine range employed in the C3 and C4 Cactus. It will also follow the current crossover trend in not offering an all-wheel-drive option, though PSA’s impressive Grip-Control traction aid will be available.

More crossovers to come for Citroën

Citroën used the unveiling of the C-Aircross to tease its next concept, the brand’s head Linda Jackson revealing two sketches of the C5 Aircross. This will be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, and evolve into a mid-sized crossover that will adopt the C5 badge when it launches, probably early in 2018.

Citroën C5-Aircross

- Advertisement -
Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

Latest Expert Advice

Car finance: Negative equity and why it’s a problem

One of the big problems in car finance is negative equity, and it can get you into financial trouble. But what is negative equity and why is it a problem?

Fuel prices up for second month in a row

Filling up a typical 55-litre family car was nearly £2 more expensive by the end of July compared with the beginning of the month.

Latest Expert Ratings

Mini Electric

The Mini Electric has been praised for the way it drives, but criticised for its poor range compared to similarly-priced electric cars.

SEAT Mii Electric

The SEAT Mii Electric is one of the more affordable options in the electric car market, but its Euro NCAP safety rating is sub-par.

New Toyota Yaris goes on sale

The fourth-generation Toyota Yaris has now gone on sale in the UK and it’s available with a 0% APR finance deal.

Kia reveals updated Stonic with mild hybrid power

Kia has announced a range of upgrades to the Stonic crossover, with the key update being the introduction of a mild-hybrid powertrain.

High Court rejects Volkswagen appeal over emissions scandal

Volkswagen has lost an appeal in a landmark High Court ruling on the Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal. # Volkswagen #VW #Dieselgate

Britain’s best-selling cars, July 2020

It was a pleasant change to see a significant improvement in the monthly new car registration report. Here are the top ten best-sellers.

More from The Car Expert

Expert Advice

Award-winning, independent and impartial advice on buying, financing, owning and running a car

Expert Ratings

We analyse and aggregate dozens of media reviews for each new car into an overall Expert Rating

Expert News

All the most important new car launches, model updates, car reviews and industry news

Expert Partners

Our new space for commercial partners to bring you special offers on their products and services


What are your thoughts? Let us know below.