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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.

The concept is likely to make production with only minor changes, becoming a rival to Peugeot's Peugeot 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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fadyady 21 April 2014

Oh, another thing

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.
Moparman 21 April 2014

Not very exciting

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.
Mini2 21 April 2014

Not special enough

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.