Citroen has released the first official images of the new Citroen Aircross, a compact crossover concept that will debut later this month on the Shanghai Auto Show. The Aircross has a daring bulbous design with a high-mounted grille flanked by tiny LED light strips, bright orange paint, and huge wheels with matte gray alloys.
The segment for this sort of vehicles is booming like a mad hound in China, and it seems therefore almost certain that Citroen will make it locally at the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. The Citroen C4 Cactus, similar is daring design, will see local production as well, scheduled to start late this year.
The sofa-like seats are upholstered in white leather with orange trim and a mesh fabric upper portion. The dashboard features two 12-inch widescreen displays, one of which can be undocked and passed around the cabin. Each seat has its own speakers and microphones to create separate audio environments, and webcams on the outside that can beam footage directly to the web, allowing live road-trip reports.
Typical concept here but we bet we will see that airy steering wheel on future production cars. The Aircross concept is ‘powered’ by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 1.6 turbo petrol with 218hp and 275nm mated to a electric motor with 95hp and 200nm. The production car will most likely get 1.6 turbo and 1.8 turbo petrol engines.
Rear bumper looks very good with two exhaust pipes perfectly integrated in black rubber. Rear side window chromed but other window frames are not. Tires look ready for serious rallying. Roof rails are stylish and usable.