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Citroën's officially debuting its badge-engineered Mitsubishi Outlander clone, the C-Crosser, at Geneva next month. As such, more info and imagery is starting to flow from France. Of the two PSA Peugeot Citroen versions of the Mitsu, we like the appearance of the Citroen a lot more than its Peugeot stablemate. The pronounced chevrons are a lot easier on the eyes than Peugeot's "gaping maw" front-end look.

In terms of features, it's got essentially everything you can get on the Outlander. Also worth noting is that the Citroën offers a backup camera that will display the view behind the SUV on the nav screen -- a practical feature whose omission on the US car is curious, to say the least. We're sure it'll come if there's a demand for it stateside.

The launch engine, co-developed with Ford, is a 2.2L HDi diesel with particulate filter producing 160 horsepower (156HP EEC) and 280 lb-ft of torque. It can handle up to 30% biodiesel, is mated to a six-speed manual tranny, and fuel economy is a respectable 32.2 mpg in the combined cycle. New photos inside and out are available in the gallery below.

[Source: Citroen]


Citroën's bold, innovative and versatile C-Crosser is to make its World Show debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Citroën's first ever SUV will then go on sale in Europe later this summer.

With its strong styling, flexible 5+2 seating configuration, powerful yet environmentally friendly diesel engine (capable of virtually 40mpg on the combined cycle), together with its 4-wheel drive capability, the C-Crosser will complement Citroën's range and offer a vehicle to appeal to drivers with a love of outdoor pursuits.

The C-Crosser's exterior styling radiates vitality and robustness with the front of the vehicle dominated by the familiar Citroën chevrons that stretch across the multiple-ribbed bonnet to unite with the streamlined headlights. The chunky wheel arches, elegant chrome detailing and striking two-tone wheels further emphasise the C-Crosser's muscular design.

Citroën's impressive, new generation 156bhp 2.2HDi engine produces a massive 380Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the engine has strong green credentials with its low fuel consumption, ultra-clean Diesel Particulate Filter System and ability to run on 30% bio-diesel.

To ensure an optimum blend of comfort, road holding and off-road capability, drivers have a choice of three transmission settings that can be changed depending on road conditions and driving style. Drivers can switch between two-wheel drive, electronically controlled four-wheel drive and a lock setting for low-grip conditions, all of which can be selected using a control mounted on the central console.

Occupants benefit from the versatile second and third row of seats, which feature an easy-to-use modular design allowing seating changes to be made quickly and effortlessly to provide a flat floor and vast load space. The vehicle's generous dimensions offer comfortable passenger space, over 20 storage compartments and a large boot with a useful split-opening tailgate for easy loading.

This tailgate optimises the advantages of the flat boot space so heavy objects can simply slide in. Opening in two sections, the lower part is able to support up to 200kg, allowing it to double up as an al fresco seat, perfect for owners with a love of outdoor pursuits.

To further enhance passenger comfort the C-Crosser offers a selection of optional hi-tech equipment, including a useful reversing camera which assists with manoeuvring and parking in tight spaces. Located above the number plate, the camera is automatically activated once the vehicle is shifted into reverse and the image is displayed on the smart navigation screen.

Citroën's managing director Xavier Duchemin commented; "The C-Crosser will add a new dimension to the already diverse Citroën range and ensures that we have a vehicle to suit all our customer needs, whether it be an SUV, a compact MPV or a supermini."

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hate to bust ya bubble.. but an SUV by nature.. doesnt enhance ya ability to drive. It HAMPERS IT.

      And the germans arent doing well enough anymore to warrant.. "the germans can do it.. why not the japanese or the french"

      And .. the French have their own way of design. lets keep that seperate. The American way is to screw it up. The Japanese way is to make it better than the Americans. The Koreans way is to make it cheaper than the Americans or Japanese.. And the Germans.. well they like to think their cars are drivers' cars.. but when was the last time any of yous saw a 3 or 5 series.. 'specially a x5 cuttin a turn at 75?

      And the French.. well.. this is a bastard combination of Mitsu and the French.. I hope it fails.

      Bring over the C-Matisse.. and call it a day!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah ryan and the Japanese are just so fantastic, fantastically boring that is
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let us compare say, the new Pontiac G8, to say anything from Toyota or Honda, I would take the Pontiac anyday, much better looking, rear wheel drive, a V8, and a decent interior, or lets compare the new Saturns to to Toyota and Honda, I would take the Saturn
      • 8 Years Ago
      Accordsforall, that is simply not true, the Japanese do not do that much better the mericans, the new American desingns are far better then anything from Japan
      • 8 Years Ago
      Europe is going nuts for SUVs. So much for cutting energy demands. And so much for good taste. On the other hand, the French have been making ugly cars for fifty years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ugh, why can't the French design things more like the Germans, that thing looks like the Mitsubishi Outlander or one of those other Japanese SUVs
      • 8 Years Ago
      the most disappointing thing about it is the very Mitsubishi interior. Citroen makes some very unique interiors to make the distinctive exterior styling... The interior of this looks like what it is more than the exterior, a Mitsu with Citroen badges.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this is the most attractive of the triad. But then, I'm probably being too positive since I'm not a 7th grader trolling on the internet during Friday study hall.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a clone of a clone!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "the Japanese do not do that much better the mericans, the new American desingns are far better then anything from Japan

      Posted at 4:20PM on Feb 9th 2007 by NoNameDenton"

      -A lot of the designers for American car companies are gay, check it out at http://www.gaywheels.com they have interviewed a few from GM and Ford
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Europe is going nuts for SUVs" Really?!? What is the increase over last year? I definitely don't see more SUVs on the street.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "the most disappointing thing about it is the very Mitsubishi interior."

      I looks exactly like the new Mitsubishi Lancer interior. Still looks nice though
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