Hot on the heels of the Peugeot 4007, sister-company Citroën has released info on its version of the sport-ute: the C-Crosser. Assembled by Mitsubishi, the C-Crosser and 4007 are essentially the same truck as the Outlander, the main distinguishable difference being a different face that identifies each of the three versions as belonging to their brand. Otherwise it appears to be largely a badge engineering venture, but the Citroën's front-end styling looks to us a lot better than that of its Peugeot counterpart.
At launch, the Citroën will be available only with a 2.2-liter HDi common-rail diesel with particulate filter, producing 156 hp, and can be run on 30% bio-diesel, a powerplant it shares with the Peugeot 4007. It drives through a six-speed gearbox, integrated with the multi-setting lockable four-wheel-drive system. Inside, the crossover, originally thought to be called the C7, can seat seven with flexible, modular seating. The third row folds away under the floor, and the second row has a 60-40 split, controlled electrically. The tailgate opens in two sections, which should make for easy loading.
Overall the crossover seems to work better as a Citroën than as a Peugeot, which our commenters seemed to find downright repulsive. PSA says the new crossovers give it a market share in what was once a niche market, but which has since grown into 6% of the European market.
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THE EVERYDAY VEHICLE WITH AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT
Citroën is continuing to broaden its range with the launch of its high-end SUV, the C Crosser, available in Europe from summer 2007. In terms of styling, this new vehicle sits astride the conventional car and four-wheel drive categories, boasting the highest levels of performance, living space and comfort on offer in both of those categories.
With its flowing lines and elegant proportions (4.64 m long, 1.81 m wide and 1.73 m high including roof bars), the C-Crosser combines sporty looks with a vast interior – up to seven seats – together with an excellent trade-off between comfort and roadholding and all the environmental qualities of its HDi diesel engine and particulate filter.
The C-Crosser is also a highly versatile vehicle owing to its integral transmission system, which guarantees sure-footed behaviour on any kind of road in any kind of weather, and modular cabin layout, designed for a wide array of needs.
• Dynamic, status-enhancing body styling
The C-Crosser is instantly recognisable as a Citroën. The dramatic positioning of the chrome chevrons and the streamlined cut of the headlamps are feature stylistic cues of the Marque's latest creations.
The styling of the C-Crosser emphasises its robustness, with curvaceous bumpers and wheel arches, its vitality, with a flowing profile and plunging roof line, and its elegance, with numerous chrome details.
• Perfect trade-off between comfort and roadholding
The C-Crosser's dynamic styling is backed up by impressive on-road performance.
The vehicle is exceptionally responsive and vigorous on the road.
Always a Citroën strong point, the running gear of the C-Crosser – MacPherson at the front and multi-link axles at the back – provides an excellent trade-off between comfort and roadholding, further boosted by special 18-inch Michelin tyres.
• A high-performance diesel engine that respects the environment
The C-Crosser will be available at launch with a new 156 bhp EEC (115 kW) 2.2 l HDi diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This clean diesel engine, fitted systematically with a particulate filter (DPFS), can also run on 30% biofuel (Diester).
Placing the emphasis on driving pleasure and flexible use, it develops torque of 380 Nm while boasting excellent environmental performance and low fuel consumption.
• Integral transmission for safe journeys
With the C-Crosser's integral transmission, drivers get to choose from three transmission settings, depending on road conditions and driving style: four-wheel drive, two-wheel drive and a lock setting recommended for low-grip conditions, all of which are selected using the control behind the gear lever.
• Modular design for a wide array of needs
C-Crosser is easy to configure and reconfigure. Occupants can make these interior changes both quickly and effortlessly.
The vehicle can seat up to seven passengers thanks to a third row of two seats, which can be completely folded away beneath the floor.
Row 2 slides 80 mm back and forth for increased passenger comfort or luggage space. It also features a portfolio-style electrically controlled 60:40 split/fold function using two controls located in the boot.
The seats fold away to provide a completely flat floor together with a vast loading surface.
Another plus: the C-Crosser's boot opens in two sections. The lower part of the tailgate provides support for 200 kg, making it easy to load bulky objects and perfect as an al fresco seat.
• Perfect positioning in the Citroën range
The C-Crosser's status-enhancing style, generous dimensions (2.67 m wheelbase) and high-level performance perfectly round out Citroën's range of mid- and top-end vehicles, with the C5 and C6 saloons and C4 Picasso and C8 MPVs.
Meanwhile, the Marque is pursuing its strategy in the compact category with the C1, C2, C3 and C3 Pluriel, four complementary vehicles with extremely individual styling and concepts, to better meet the varied needs of its customers.
Equally at home in the city, on the open road and on rougher ground, the C-Crosser is for people looking for an extremely versatile vehicle that fulfils their desire for freedom and well-being.