Citroën concept adds SUV-like qualities to the Spacetourer, with chunky offroad styling and the practicality of a van-derived MPV

Citroën has unveiled its Spacetourer Hyphen concept - a chunky all-wheel drive MPV - at the Geneva motor show  March.

The eight-seat MPV is claimed to offer the practicality of an MPV with the off-road, go-anywhere ability of an SUV. The styling features a raised ride height, chunkier bodywork than the standard Spacetourer, and is finished with 19in matt black aluminium alloys.

An all-wheel-drive powertrain matches the rugged looks of the Spacetourer Hyphen while the Hyphen moniker stems from Citroën’s collaboration with the French pop group Hyphen Hyphen.

The quirky three-colour interior Nappa leather upholstery and trim design is finished in teal, neon orange and pale green, with each seat adopting a different variation using the three colours, while orange strap detailing mirrors the orange exterior trim. A panoramic sunroof also features.

The Spacetourer Hyphen concept is powered by Citroën’s BlueHDi 150 S&S engine, with claimed CO2 emissions of 110g/km, ‘vastly reduced NOx emissions’ and a six-speed manual gearbox. The engine is also currently found in the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso, with which the concept also shares its underpinnings.

Although the Spacetourer Hyphen concept will not make it to production, the standard Spacetourer will go on sale in the UK in short-, medium- and long-wheelbase formats, accommodating up to nine people. An on-sale date around the start of September is expected, with pricing likely to start at around £24,000, rising to more than £31,000 for top-spec Spacetourers. 

The standard Spacetourer was revealed in December 2015 and is built alongside the Peugeot Traveller and Toyota Proace, as the three brands’ deal for shared underpinnings continues. All three brands’ versions of the car will feature at the Geneva motor show on their respective stands, in addition to the Spacetourer Hyphen concept. 

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9 February 2016

I like it!

9 February 2016

I like it too. I know it is a van with seats, but something about it appeals

11 February 2016

Why are they messing with off-road? It doesn't look like it'd be much use for driving up a mountain. Better to just make a really good minibus that feels like it was intended for passengers rather than pallets. It's five or six years since I drove a minibus, eighteen seater I think, but apart from being full of my work colleagues it was no more sophisticated than vans of similar size I have used to move house. Surely there must be a market for something better to ride in, but without going to the extreme of a Mercedes boardroom on wheels?

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

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