Citroen today released details of its Aircross concept that likely previews the brand's next compact SUV. The concept is a further evolution of the C4 Cactus's bold, rounded styling that emphasizes Citroen's new market positioning as a functional brand.
Citroen said it will unveil the 4580mm-long concept at the Shanghai auto show later this month to reflect the Chinese market's growing importance to the brand. China is Citroen's biggest single market and accounts for 25 percent of the brand's sales, the automaker said.
The plug-in concept is powered by a 218-hp, 1.6-liter gasoline engine and a 95-hp electric motor located on the rear axle. Combined maximum output is 313 hp and the drivetrain's range in electric mode is 50km (31 miles). The lithium ion battery pack can be recharged in three and a half hours via a domestic socket. Combined fuel consumption is 1.7 liters per 100km (166 UK mpg) and the vehicle produces CO2 emissions as low as 39 grams per kilometer.
The concept's front end resembles the C4 Cactus' and like the C4 Cactus the concept has cladding on the sides to minimize damage from minor lateral collisions. The Aircross's cladding is made from aluminum and rubber while the C4 Cactus has air-filled plastic panels on the front, rear and sides.
The Aircross has two 12-inch high-definition screens, one of which moves across the dashboard so it can be seen by more than just one passenger. Each seat is equipped with speakers and microphones to encourage dialogue between the occupants.
Citroen did not say whether the concept previews a production car but reports said the show car likely previews the successor to the C4 Aircross compact SUV. The new C4 Aircross, due next year, will be the first Citroen to use PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's EMP2 platform. The current model is a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi ASX.