Ready for an official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën's new C-Crosser SUV is a clean-burning diesel vehicle with all the comforts of your modern SUVs. It's what's under the hood that interests us here.
The C-Crosser has a new 160 bhp (115kW or 156 bhp EEC) HDi diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. With a diesel particulate filter, this engine has a fuel consumption of 7.3 liters over 100 km (combined cycle) and emissions of 194 g/km. The HDi engine is the result of Citroën's work with Ford, and is based on the 173 bhp HDi engine already in use in the C5 and C6. Emissions are reduced (and performance is increased) using the ECCS (Extreme Conventional Combustion System) to optimize the air/fuel mix and a third-gen common rail system for finer fuel spray.
The first announcement of the C-Crosser (which came out in October) said the vehicle would be able to run on B30, but this biodiesel-friendly notice is missing from today's press release. I know biodiesel can technically be used in any diesel engine, but companies are sometimes reluctant to officially allow biodiesel in their cars thanks to varying levels of fuel quality. Either someone made a mistake somewhere or we'll be treated to a "The C-Crosser does biodiesel" release soon. (Update - most recent the press release I have from Citroën does not mention the biodiesel feature, but the one Autoblog has matches our original reports that the C-Crosser is B30-compatible)
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