Citroen C-Aircross Concept previewed, next-gen C3 Picasso

Apparently the trend these days is to morph an MPV or a crossover into a full blown SUV. Just like the all-new Peugeot 3008, another manufacturer from the PSA group is pulling the same stunt by introducing the Citroen C-Aircross Concept.

Scheduled for debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March, the compact SUV poses as a promising alternative to the popular Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR. The concept could also be the successor to the C3 Picasso, effectively putting an end to its current MPV status.

The front fascia is broadly similar to the third-generation C3 supermini, as seen with the the double chevron grille and LED daytime running lights. Also, the signature “Airbumps” on each side of the car are positioned down low, giving it a more rugged appeal. The higher ground clearance adds to its adventurous nature, as are the funky wheels (the French have their ways with wheel design) and roof bars.

Inside, a huge 12-inch screen is mounted in the centre, whereas the heads-up display employs a dedicated glass panel as opposed to having essential driving info projected to the windscreen. The C-Aircross is also a recipient of Citroen’s Advance Comfort programme, meaning passengers will benefit from the highest levels of comfort and spaciousness.

As for the juicy bits, unfortunately Citroen hasn’t revealed much, but expect the same turbocharged three-cylinder engines (PureTech) and BlueHDi turbodiesels from the C3 to be featured here. Drive will most likely be sent to the front wheels, although Citroen said the extra Grip Control feature will assist the front wheels when traversing challenging terrains.

Is this coming to Malaysia? Well, for now, our guess is as good as yours. The Citroen brand is still relatively niche, but their new range of products have barely tested Malaysian waters. Meanwhile, watch this space for future updates on the C-Aircross. The production version will be revealed sometime in 2018.



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