Wednesday 23 August 2017

Citroen roll out C-Aircross concept

Striking: The Citreon C-Aircross concept
Striking: The Citreon C-Aircross concept
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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

This is Citroen's striking looking C-Aircross concept which we are likely to see in showrooms early next year.

Generally perceived as a competitor for the Nissan Juke, it follows the growing trend of trading older MPV traits for the rugged look of a SUV.

Significantly, its overall dimensions are not far off the C3 and Juke while it has rear-hinged rear doors for easy access as well as 18in wheels and a panoramic sunroof.

We'll see if a number of other innovations make it past production. One example: instead of conventional dials there is a head-up 'vision board' as well as a 12in touchscreen in the middle of the dash.

Exterior mirrors are replaced by two side cameras - will they make it? One element that will survive is the excellent high-definition dash-cam system we know from the C3 supermini which allows you to share photos and videos on social media.

There are also several helpful little storage areas including built-in bags cleverly hidden in the back of seats. You can also store bags, unseen, under the centre console.

Despite its SUV looks it won't have 4WD, but there will be the option of the electronic Grip Control system, which helps driving over difficult conditions.

Expect engines to be in line with the existing C3 and C4 Cactus. For here that means the 1.2-litre Puretech petrol and 1.5-litre diesel will be big sellers.

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