As the brand celebrates 50 million vehicle sales since its creation some 95 years ago, CitroÃ«n is unveiling a surprising, creative and bold new concept car ahead of the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show.
The new CitroÃ«n Aircross concept confirms the brand's ability to develop its new positioning, which is already:
INTERNATIONAL: The CitroÃ«n Aircross illustrates the brand's international ambitions, building on the success of the New C4 Cactus, with a body style intended for worldwide sale.
A SINGULAR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Blending power and positive energy, the CitroÃ«n Aircross is a protective and welcoming SUV. This resolutely optimistic vehicle casts off any sense of aggression in favour of:
The CitroÃ«n Aircross concept car will be unveiled at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. This symbolic venue was chosen to reflect the importance of the Chinese market, which accounts for 25% of total sales and stands as CitroÃ«n's number-one market.
CITROÃ‹N AIRCROSS: A UNIQUE SUV PERSONALITY
The CitroÃ«n Aircross concept conveys a sense of power and determination. The body is set on large wheels with 275/42 R 22 tyres. The tyres were designed exclusively for CitroÃ«n Aircross by Continental and feature large tread blocks and a unique pattern for excellent traction on the most demanding surfaces. The striking design of the wheels highlights the all-terrain abilities of the CitroÃ«n Aircross.
With its parallel-to-the-road waistline, the new CitroÃ«n Aircross conveys an air of confidence, but without the feeling of arrogance or aggression.
The front and rear bumpers fully convey CitroÃ«n's design identity. The front end features a new chevron design and a two-tier light signature, which first appeared on the latest-generation C4 Picasso. At the rear, the new 3D-effect lights have a high-tech and emphatically graphic appearance. These classic CitroÃ«n design touches are rounded out by a floating roof and uninterrupted area of glass right around the cabin.
HARNESSING DESIGN FOR ENHANCED FUNCTIONALITY
The body of the CitroÃ«n Aircross is punctuated by strong graphic components designed to enhance functionality. CitroÃ«n has developed a fresh take on the AirbumpÂ® technology of C4 Cactus, adapting it to SUV requirements. Whilst AirbumpÂ® technology is designed to protect the car's body from everyday bumps and scrapes, the 'Alloy Bumps'on the CitroÃ«n Aircross are there to protect the vehicle from lateral impact with their visible padding. The 'Alloy Bumps' are made using a highly absorbent aluminium honeycomb structure, which was first used in motorsport, and combines protection, lightness and style. The 'Alloy Bumps' are an innovative and fitting solution for the SUV segment.
The graphic components also highlight the search for enhanced aerodynamics, on bodywork that has already been optimised for efficient air penetration. The 'Air Signs' are chrome-finished signatures that surround each rear window to form an air-flow tunnel. In addition, 'Air Curtains' are air intakes located at the front of the concept car. These two features are accompanied by front and rear wheel arch extractors and the highly tapered shapes of the door mirrors. Together these components improve the overall aerodynamics of the CitroÃ«n Aircross while enhancing its design.
The 'Air Signs' play a two-fold role, improving aerodynamics while highlighting the importance of the second row of seats. With the CitroÃ«n Aircross, particular importance has been placed on the passengers and the interior. This is an SUV for sharing.
STRONG & POSITIVE BODYWORK
The CitroÃ«n Aircross concept features intense orange-red body paint, signifying optimism and open-mindedness. The colour elicits anything but indifference and underscores the lines and shapes of the vehicle. To ensure continuity between the exterior and the interior, the colour perfectly matches the cabin colour scheme.
The orange-red hue is punctuated by solid metal elements on the base of the wing mirrors, grille, 'Air Signs' and towing hooks. These raw and authentic components lend an air of assurance and robustness to CitroÃ«n Aircross, confirming its SUV nature.
CITROÃ‹N AIRCROSS: COMFORT & A SENSE OF WELL-BEING
The CitroÃ«n Aircross interior immediately denotes a sense of total comfort, transforming road travel into a time of well-being for the body and the mind. In this respect, the CitroÃ«n Aircross takes an all-new path, avoiding classic automotive cues to create a modern cabin where the occupants simply feel good.
Making comfortable vehicles is a fundamental part of CitroÃ«n's DNA. Comfort assumes its full potential with the CitroÃ«n Aircross through an interior architecture dominated by:
Generous, open spaces creating a feeling of balance and serenity,while remaining highly functional with ingenious storage compartments. Flowing forms contrast with technical components, as seen in the smooth and floating dashboard, punctuated at regular intervals by air vents and the two large screens - the only visible interface in the uncluttered interior.
Physical well-being is encouraged by the 'king-size' seats. The seat backs are open and welcoming, inviting passengers to embark on a new kind of travel experience. The generous, wraparound headrests contribute to the overall feeling of comfort. The upper parts of the seats are finished in a mesh-like material that lends a warm and inviting feel to the cabin. This reinterpretation is both highly technical and futuristic, although it also hints at vintage materials that evoke pleasant travel memories for all passengers and constitutes a source of inspiration for CitroÃ«n's designers.
TRAVEL AS A LEADING THEME
Picking up where C4 Cactus left off, the CitroÃ«n Aircross concept also references the world of travel and luggage. The luggage-maker spirit is expressed in the design of the eminently practical storage compartments, including a reinterpretation of the central console. This classic SUV feature takes on a new dimension inside the CitroÃ«n Aircross, as it frees up space for generous and functional compartments. Ingenious storage spaces are also found in the door panels and the upper part of the dashboard.
The travel theme is also expressed in the use of straps for the grab handles. Featuring on the doors and on the console, they fit in perfectly with the SUV spirit and serve both a practical and design function. Inside the CitroÃ«n Aircross, aestheticism complements practicality.
TECHNOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE FOR RELAXED MOBILITY
With the CitroÃ«n Aircross concept, technology complements practicality. A variety of technological features benefit all occupants with:
Innovative screens: A strong graphic personality is a hallmark of CitroÃ«n. In addition to a head-up display, CitroÃ«n Aircross is home to two 12-inch panoramic HD screens with all-new graphics inspired by the worlds of fashion and modern furniture design. The screens artfully display driving information and infotainment content with unrivalled graphic richness. In keeping with the cabin ambience, sparkling colours and pixels lend warmth to the digital atmosphere on board CitroÃ«n Aircross. The bold colours are worlds apart from conventional automotive cues.
CitroÃ«n Aircross is powered by plug-in hybrid petrol technology, with an electric motor located on the rear axle. This configuration is a perfect fit for the CitroÃ«n Aircross, optimising performance and traction while ensuring low fuel consumption and emissions.
The electric motor develops 95bhp (70kW) and torque of 200Nm. The motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries that charge up in just three and a half hours via a 16A domestic socket. The electric motor is combined with a 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 218bhp (160kW) and torque of 275Nm.
With its plug-in hybrid powertrain, the CitroÃ«n Aircross respects the environment. This is especially true in urban driving conditions in ZEV mode. This all-electric mode has a range of 31 miles (50km).
On roads that require successive acceleration and deceleration, the hybrid technology limits fuel consumption by combining both energy sources. On the motorway, the internal-combustion engine takes over, providing optimum high-speed performance.
No compromise has been made in terms of driving pleasure. When the driver accelerates quickly and torque is required immediately, a boost function combines the torque of the internal-combustion engine and the electric motor delivering optimum performance with up to 313bhp available. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 166mpg (1.7 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions are an impressively low 39g/km. CitroÃ«n Aircross accelerates from 0 to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds.