| 15/04/2015 | 0 Comments

Citroën is unveiling a surprising new SUV concept car ahead of the Shanghai Motor Show. This symbolic venue was chosen to reflect the importance of the Chinese market, which accounts for 25% of total sales and stands as Citroën’s number-one market.

Citroen_Aircross_1The Citroën Aircross concept offers new design codes whilst respecting the essential characteristics of an SUV. Drawing on the product and styling traits of C4 Cactus, the body design and cabin ambience express a sense of modernity and a unique ‘feel good’ spirit.

Citroen_Aircross_2The cabin offers an immediate sense of comfort. In addition to the physical comfort provided by the broad and generous seats, occupant well-being is enhanced still further with the use of new materials and a blend of light, invigorating colours.

Citroen_Aircross_3The concept represents a new approach to travel with specially designed storage compartments and the use of luggage style ‘straps’ in a fresh and contemporary cabin. Ingenious storage spaces are also found in the door panels and the upper part of the dashboard.

Citroen_Aircross_4The concept car is equipped with two 12-inch HD 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. Two webcams are located on either side of the cabin.

Citroen_Aircross_5These cameras are able to take pictures outside the car, creating an album that can be shared on social networks. Displayed directly on the in-car screens, the images recorded by the webcams can also be used to gather information on sites of local interest and information on how to get there using the navigation system.

Citroen_Aircross_6Technological intelligence is also expressed in the choice of the plug-in hybrid petrol drivetrain, with an electric motor located on the rear axle. The electric motor develops 95 bhp (70 kW) and torque of 200 Nm. The motor is powered by lithium-ion battery, that charge up in just three and a half hours via a 16A domestic socket. The electric motor is combined with a 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 218 bhp (160 kW) and torque of 275 Nm.

Citroen_Aircross_7In urban driving conditions all-electric ZEV mode has a range of 31 miles (50 km). On roads that require successive acceleration and deceleration, the hybrid technology limits fuel consumption by combining both energy sources. On the motorway, the internal-combustion engine takes over, providing optimum high-speed performance.

Citroen_Aircross_8When the driver accelerates quickly and torque is required immediately, a boost function combines the torque of the internal-combustion engine and the electric motor delivering optimum performance with up to 313 bhp available. The Aircross accelerates from 0 to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 166 mpg (1.7 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions are an impressively low 39g/km.

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