Geneva: Citroën plots crossover future

C-Aircross expected on sale in 2018.

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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

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.

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