The C-Aircross will replace the C3 Picasso in Citroen's line-up; it's expected to appear in showrooms in early 2018

The Citroen C-Aircross concept has been revealed, which previews a production model that is set to rival the Nissan Juke and indirectly replace the current C3 Picasso.

The C-Aircross is expected to be seen in production form later this year, with UK sales set to begin early next year. Its styling eschews the MPV look of the C3 Picasso for more of an SUV shape.

The concept’s dimensions are very similar to those of both the C3 Picasso and the Nissan Juke, and it has 18in wheels, a panoramic sunroof and rear-hinged rear doors for easy access. Citroën says aerodynamics have also been a focus, with the model featuring air inlets on the bumper and front door guards and a diffuser at the rear.

The interior features a head-up ‘vision board’ display in place of conventional dials and a 12in touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard. There are also a number of storage spaces, including built-in storage bags concealed in the back of the seats as well an area for storing bags out of sight under the centre console.

Two side cameras replace the exterior mirrors, and the concept also sports the on-board high-definition dash cam system that already features on the C3. It allows the sharing of photos and videos via social media.

While the production C-Aircross won’t offer four-wheel drive, it will use Citroën’s electronic Grip Control system, which helps driving on difficult terrain.

Engines will match those available in the current C3 and C4 Cactus and include a 1.2-litre Puretech petrol and a 1.5-litre HDi diesel.

Prices for the small SUV are expected to start from around £16,000.

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7 February 2017
Build it and they will come. They're on a bit of a roll at the moment with the C3, Cactus, C4 Picaso and this, just need a C4 replacement.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

7 February 2017
So, Citroen launch a 'concept' to preview a new production model that will be similar, but ultimately less interesting than its Geneva-bound forebear. I know it kind of worked OK for the Cactus (which, by the way, is much less of a sales success than many would have you believe), but I can't help feeling that one ends up with a sense of disappointment over a new model about which the maker would surely rather prospective buyers might get excited.

Am also concerned the PSA now operates on the basis that Citroen's 'DNA' = Airbumps.

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

8 February 2017
Bishop wrote:

....Am also concerned the PSA now operates on the basis that Citroen's 'DNA' = Airbumps.

But the Airbumps do seem to be gradually fading away. These ones are not that much more chunky than the plastics found on some other SUVs, and, like the C3, they might only feature on certain trim levels?

7 February 2017
I wonder which parts will fall off in the first year of use, according to Citroen tradition.

7 February 2017
Another great design from Citroen. So much more interesting than the usual generic mundane designs that most other manufacturers come up with. Love the Cactus and love this.

7 February 2017
When in doubt add more airbumps which will look awfully scruffy in a few years time.
poon

8 February 2017
poon wrote:

When in doubt add more airbumps which will look awfully scruffy in a few years time.

Like any black plastic on any car, really. The original Ka's bumpers look scruffy on a lot of ageing models, but that's only really down to poor maintenance by the owners. At the end of the day what looks scruffier... dented metal or scruffy plastic?


"Work hard and be nice to people"

7 February 2017
.... will it have the new suspension etc?

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