It will sit alongside petrol and diesel variants which are likely to include the Puretech 130 petrol and BlueHDi 100 diesel as seen on the existing C4 Cactus.
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The model also premieres Citroen’s new suspension system called Progressive Hydraulic Cushions which intends to improve damping quality while maintaining “Citroen characteristics”.
The system adds two hydraulic stops, one for rebound and one for compression, on either side. Citroen says these stops create a “‘flying carpet’ effect as if the car were flying over bumps and dips in the road”.
Product boss Xavier Peugeot said it will be "the most comfortable SUV on the market".
While 4x4 will be offered in the hybrid variant, standard models will only be two-wheel-drive but will feature Citroen’s Grip Control system which uses an advanced anti-skid function to manage traction and offers five modes: standard, sand, off-road, snow and ESP Off.
Built on the same EMP2 platform as its sibling the Peugeot 3008, it is 4.5m long, 1.84m wide and 1,67m tall making it one of the largest SUVs in the sector. It also has a generous 2.73m wheelbase – larger than the Qashqai or Ateca - which Citroen claims will offer “best-in-class space for passengers”.
Three trims levels are expected but specifications have not yet been decided. Equipment includes panoramic sunroof, heating and massage functions on the front seats and an air quality treatment, which has an active carbon filter. Citroen also plans to launch so-called Clean Cabin technology on the C5 Aircross which will allow passengers to see the quality of the filtered air on the infotainment screen.
It also has a 8-inch touchscreen, a new generation of Citroen nav and wireless inductive charging for smartphones.
Driving aids include Active Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruiste Control and a 360-degree camera, all of which are displayed on a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster facing the driver.
Based on the C5 Aircross concept, the design of the Aircross has been toned down for the production version.
The model continues the aesthetic seen on the C4 Cactus and C3, according to Citroen design director Alexandre Malval, but takes into consideration the need for the car to be a worldwide success.
“The car demonstrates our ability to show the aesthetic of the C4 Cactus but this product has to be successful in China and Europe, so we’ve played with some existing ingredients but done them slightly differently,” he said.