Citroën C-Aircross Concept in Geneva Debut
Looking for a new approach to the compact crossover SUV segment, Citroën has revealed the C-Aircross Concept that blends the automaker’s distinctive design cues with a roomy comfortable cabin. Based on the platform that underpins company’s C3 compact class vehicles, the C-Aircross signals a larger expansion into the rapidly growing European crossover market.
“The show car C-Aircross demonstrates Citroën’s pursuit of its international product offensive,” said Linda Jackson, the company’s CEO. “Based on the state of mind of New C3, it illustrates a different vision of compact SUVs, full of confidence and boldness. This concept embodies also completely the ambitions of the Citroën Advanced Comfort program with its interior space source of well-being.”
The C-Aircross has a two-box design that incorporates a floating roof and a muscular presence thanks to fender flares connected by bold SUV-inspired rocker panels. The front bumper is shaped like a skid plate adding to the vehicle’s off-road appeal. The 18-inch wheels and large ground clearance add to the vehicle’s tall off-roader personality.
The coach-opening doors have no center pillar easing access to the large roomy cabin. The modern cabin features a stark design incorporating a Citroën classic design cue—a one-spoke steering wheel. The main instrument cluster is a thin screen mounted high on the dash, while a long, rectangular 12-inch center display also has a look of a separate component resting on edge.
Citroën boasts about the comfort of its sofa-inspired seating for four. These wide seats front and rear are covered in a warm colored high-tech quilt-effect Alcantara. The seats themselves use high quality bedding material that adapts to your body. There’s an abundance of storage including a shelf with nooks that runs the length of the lower dashboard, a look inspired by the larger C4 Cactus. There’s also large open storage in the center console as well as additional storage on the back of the console for the rear-seat passengers.
The Citroën C-Aircross also touts a high level of connectivity including real-time 3D navigation with voice recognition as well as the ability for each passenger to stream their own music or watch videos via the center screen which can be divided into separate displays.
The cabin is light and airy thanks to a large panoramic sunroof and a greenhouse that has small pillars and large glass areas that includes rear quarter windows that let additional light into the cabin through a unique louvered shutter effect.
Although Citroën didn’t provide specifics on the powertrain, it said the C-Aircross concept features Grip Control, an all-wheel drive system providing surefooted handling on paved surfaces and off-road.