New C-XR concept crossover previews the look of Citroen's first production SUV to be built with its Chinese partner Dongfeng

Citroën has revealed its new C-XR concept at the Beijing motor show.

Previewing the first production SUV to come from the joint venture between Citroën and Dongfeng, the concept is billed as "a contemporary take on the SUV".

The C-XR concept features traditional SUV styling, and includes a wide grille finished in chrome with large Citroën chevrons in the middle. Vertical LED lighting strips feature at either side, alongside a large lower air intake and rugged-looking front guard.

Roof rails run the length of the concept, while double exhaust tips feature at the rear. Body cladding is standard, adding a more rugged edge to the concept.

The car sits on 17-inch wheels with all-weather tyres. Citroën claims the C-XR's wheelbase is the longest in its class, at 2650mm, which should result in substantial interior space.

Citroën says the C-XR comes equipped with its selectable Grip Control technology, while power comes from the firm's THP 160 petrol engine. An automatic gearbox is standard, as is a stop-start system to improve efficiency.

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The concept is likely to make production with only minor changes, becoming a rival to Peugeot's 2008. Reports suggest a production version will appear early next year.

Citroën is also showing its new DS 6WR SUV at the Beijing show.

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21 April 2014
This should have been designed and marketed as a DS model. Perhaps called a ds3x?

21 April 2014
Another SUV....that isn't an SUV, just another tippy Matra Rancho twenty years late.

22 April 2014
"Another SUV....that isn't an SUV" -do you mean another SUV that isn't a 4x4? Well, that'd be true, but surely, the Sports Utility Vehicle group is a pretty broad church and I don't see why this doesn't sneak in there.

21 April 2014
than the Peugeot 2008. Before anybody takes an exception, I better explain that my comment is based on viewing this car in a picture on a mobile phone.
I so hope that Citroen avoids fitting this car with dull small petrol and diesel engines as the sister company does. I also hope it comes fitted with Grip Control which is more than enough for most buyers for driving on road in all seasons.

21 April 2014
Definitely not special enough to be a DS model. I'd read elsewhere that this was reserved for China, particularly given PSA's recent announcement of fewer models in Europe.


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21 April 2014
This would be just another bland SUV to Europeans. In China it may have a chance and I wish Citroen luck. It may be turning its back on its heritage but the past doesn't put food on the table; only today's results do that.

21 April 2014
In this picture (don't know why) but to my eye it looks more like Volkswagen Tiguan than Peugeot 2008 the car that it's allegedly based on.

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