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Citroën C-Aircross concept SUV signals likely end for Picasso MPV


On sale in Europe since early January, Citroën has now previewed its forthcoming entrant into the ever growing crossover segment, the new C3-based C-Aircross concept.

A likely replacement for the MPV-styled C3 Picasso, the C-Aircross features a number of styling elements derived from its hatchback sibling and quirky C4 Cactus, with the most notable being the thin grille and LED headlights, diamond-shaped coloured air vents, black plastic gladding and 18-inch black diamond-pattern alloy wheels.

Standing 1.63 m tall with a width of 1.74m and overall length of 4.15 m, the Aircross drops the traditional side mirrors for cameras to aid aerodynamics, with the latter further supported by built-in air inlets alongside the side and a rear diffuser.

A further nod to the Cactus is the interior with a minimalist layout, highlighted by a central 12-inch touchscreen display boasting 3D connected navigation and voice recognition, as well as seat integrated speakers, smart phone wireless charging pads and Heads-Up Display. Finished in a colour dubbed Vitamin-rich Orange with Light Grey accents, the interior also boast numerous storage areas with the seats trimmed in quilt-effect embossed Alcantara claimed to have been inspired by "the world of bedding".

Likely to also replace the C3 Aircross sold in South America, the concept foregoes four-wheel drive for Citroën's Grip Control system which allows for the choosing of five modes; Standard, Sand, Snow, Off-Road and ESP off, depending on the prevailing conditions.

Although no tech details were announced, expect the production version to use the same range of PureTech turbopetrol and BlueHDi turbodiesel engines as the C3, with transmissions consisting of either a five-speed manual, six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

Following Citroën's exit from the local market in December last year however, don't expect the production C3 Aircross to make landfall in South Africa anytime soon.

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