Shortly after launching its new C4 hatchback, Citroën upsized it and took it upscale in the form of the DS4. For European buyers intrigued by crossover but not looking for the premium accoutrements, now there's the C4 Aircross.

Like the DS4, the C4 Aircross looks better suited to tackling a wet cobblestone street in Paris than a mountain pass through the French alps. Powertrain choices include a variety of gasoline and diesel engines, ranging from 110 horsepower up to 150, with front- or all-wheel drive. The 18-inch wheels and rear lights, draw their inspiration from the Hypnos concept car, while LED running lights are integrated into the air apertures up front.

Five occupants will also be able to appreciate the panoramic glass sunroof when the model launches in Europe early next year, but you can get the details now in the press release after the jump and eyeball the image gallery for a closer look.
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NEW CITROËN C4 AIRCROSS - A NEW TAKE ON THE COMPACT SUV

Citroën is extending its successful C4 range with the introduction of the New Citroën C4 AIRCROSS.

The New Citroën C4 AIRCROSS redefines the codes of compact SUV design, bringing together contemporary styling and technological innovation. Ideally suited to modern lifestyles, C4 AIRCROSS introduces a sense of escape into everyday driving. This new Citroën body style draws upon the brand's technological excellence, combining the grip of an off-roader with the ride and driveability of a saloon. Ecologically considerate, the model also boasts some of the lowest CO2emissions in its segment.

Available with two and four-wheel drive versions in some markets, the New Citroën C4 AIRCROSS will be launched in Europe at the end of the first half of 2012. The car will go on sale in the UK during the second half of 2012.

The styling of the C4 AIRCROSS draws upon the brand's DNA, combining the vitality of other Citroën models in the range with the strong presence of an off-roader. The sculpted horizontal lines and aerodynamic vents of the front end accentuate the model's compact appearance. The contours of the bonnet - visible from the driver's seat - the wide wheel arches and the reduced front and rear overhangs all combine to enhance the overall impression of robustness.

The distinctive light signature at the front - illuminated both day and night - is created by LEDs integrated into the vertical vents. The shape of the large 18-inch wheels and the rear lights are directly inspired by the Hypnos concept car, reworked for optimal air flow and reduced CO2emissions. Seen from the side, the inverted shark fin at the rear also hints at the design of the Hypnos concept. The fin is decorated at the tip with a chrome compass motif to denote the model's inclusion in Citroën's SUV family. The sophisticated design includes indicator repeaters in the door mirrors, light guides in the rear light clusters and a reversing camera built into the chrome trim on the tailgate.

The New Citroën C4 AIRCROSS is fitted with a latest generationfour-wheel transmission system, providing optimal handling in all conditions. This technology allows the car to be driven permanently in four-wheel drive mode, with the torque optimally distributed between the front and rear wheels.

Using the single control positioned behind the gear lever, the driver can manually select one of the three transmission modes:
- 2WD, for optimal fuel consumption
- 4WD, which automatically distributes the torque between the front and rear axles
- 'Lock',which provides maximum traction in severe conditions.

The C4 AIRCROSS fulfils Citroën's ecological commitments with its HDi 110 engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. This model is one of the front-runners in its segment for low CO2emissions. In some markets this efficient Euro 5 engine will be available with four as well as two-wheel drive.

The model's compact dimensions - 4.34m long, 1.80m wide, 1.63m high - and 10.6m turning circle ensure outstanding manoeuvrability in the urban environment. The comfort of this 5-seater is worthy of the saloon segment above, while the 442-litre boot comfortably meets the demands of modern life.

Serenely confident on the road, drivers enjoy a clear view from the raised driving position with the specially developed chassis and suspension delivering the optimum balance between comfort and road holding. All occupants can enjoy a true sense of well-being thanks to the large panoramic glass sunroof, which fills the cabin with light during the day and is illuminated by integrated LEDs at night.

The New Citroën C4 AIRCROSS' design is also focused on ease of use in everyday driving. A high level of specification includes GPS navigation with touch-screen, a reversing camera and USB/Bluetooth® connectivity for portable audio players.



To meet the needs of international markets, the 2.0i 150 petrol engine will be available outside Europe in two and four-wheel drive versions, coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Trim level and engine availability are still to be confirmed for the UK.


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      grantrw
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Those 18-inch wheels measure 18 inches". So relieved...
      EB110Americana
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Autoblog: "Those 18-inch wheels measure 18 inches and..." You don't say...
      grantrw
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do love the line "Those 18-inch wheels measure 18 inches".
      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't they bring their cars to North America??????????????????????????????
      Spellchecker
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a badge engineered Mitsubishi Outlander, but it and the Peugeot variant certainly look much better. This isn't really a surprise since the last Citroen Crosser and Peugeot 4007 were also based on the Mitsubishi Outlander. Personally I prefer the Peugeot version (although I am a huge Citroen fan). I'm in the market for a new car with lots of interior space to haul around my photographic equipment and it should be diesel-powered. AWD is a big a bonus to.
      kmrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just what the world needs another French car.
        Zeer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kmrk
        It's a re-skinned Mitsubishi. Educate yourself.
          kmrk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zeer
          It is still badged Citroen and frankly you obviously no nothing about cars if you are somehow assuming that the Mitsubishi badge makes it a decent car. Try getting it serviced even in France although it is obvious from your detailed response you must be a world traveler.
      Temple
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fact that its not mentioned at all that this is a re-skinned Mitsubishi Outlander/ASX makes me think that this is just another PR regurgitation from Autoblog. Every other news outlet that has reported about this vehicle, as well as the Peugeot 4008, have mentioned what car this really is. Why not Autoblog?
        cardudeATL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Temple
        Boy, you said it. Looks like AB is really dropping the ball...
          Moe Khan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cardudeATL
          To be perfectly fair to AB, of the car sites I frequent, three of them haven't covered the PSA crossovers yet (Straightline, EVO, and Jalopnik). Of the other three, only one made reference to the fact that it's basically a Mitsu (CAR mentioned it, while Autocar and AB glossed over it).
        masonperegrine
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Temple
        Calm the hell down.
      alphalimaindigo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad we do not get PSA cars here in North America.
        Taosif Alam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alphalimaindigo
        You do understand that this is nothing more than a rebadged Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, right?
          alphalimaindigo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Taosif Alam
          I didn't say too bad we don't get the Citreon C4 Aircross here I said too bad we don't get PSA here, I love the Citreon C6. Like Mazeroni said this one is better to look at then the Outlander sport as well.
          mazeroni
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Taosif Alam
          Even if it's rebadged I'd rather have Citroen here in the states over Mitsubishi. Citroen's vehicles are certainly more interesting to look at. I still wouldn't buy one but I would like to stare at it.
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Taosif Alam
          Do you understand what rebadged means, this looks nothing like the Mitsubishi that it's based on.
      fomustang02
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like they borrowed 2010 Ford Focus headlights.....
      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      The rear lights look like that of the new 2012 camry :P
      Andy Drake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty sharp looking
      haji
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rather surprised to see that there is not a single word of Mitsubishi in the article. Or did Noah Joseph not notice?
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