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New second-generation family crossover is larger and more practical than before; electric version to come

Citroën has continued its radical range overhaul with the new C3 Aircross, which will arrive later this year with a fresh design and an electric variant for the first time. 

At 4390mm, the C3 Aircross is some 200mm longer than the first-generation family crossover, boosting practicality and adding the option of seven seats. 

It's based on the same affordability-focused Stellantis Smart Car platform as the new Citroën C3 supermini and the Vauxhall Frontera, which replaces the Vauxhall Crossland.

The C3 Aircross has more ground clearance than the smaller C3 and a raised driving position for improved visibility.

Citroën said it also majors on comfort and offers a high level of technology as standard. 

The design is more aggressive for this second generation, taking a boxier shape. As well as receiving a wider stance, the C3 Aircross benefits from larger wheels. 

For reference, the C3 supermini gets LED headlights, a head-up display and rear parking assistance as standard, with a smartphone mount for the infotainment. Range-topping cars gain a 10.25in touchscreen, wireless phone charging, automatic headlights and a rear-view camera. 

Citroën hasn’t revealed which specific powertrains the C3 Aircross will be offered with, but its sister car comes with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 90bhp and a five-speed manual, or a three-cylinder mild-hybrid engine with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. 

The electric ë-C3, meanwhile, is likely to come with a single-motor powertrain with around 134bhp and almost 250 miles of range. 

Pricing hasn’t yet been revealed, but the C3 Aircross is well in contention to become the cheapest seven-seater in the UK. The Dacia Jogger is currently the only seven-seater on sale for less than £20,000, starting at £18,295. 


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gavsmit 18 April 2024

This is the kind of car all mainstream car makers should be selling (assuming it will be as attractively priced as the new C3) and not overpriced "moved upmarket" squashy-dashboard cars with little else to justify their ridiculously high prices.

Fingers crossed it's reliable, has more than the C3's 90bhp and those third row seats can be used by more than small children.

catnip 18 April 2024

Did it need to get so big? Its not far off the length of the C5 Aircross, but I guess they're planning on increasing the size of that too. After all, bigger is better.

FastRenaultFan 18 April 2024
Looks good. I like it. A nice clean design.