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Citroën’s first urban SUV

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We have traveled to Paris to see up close the prototype of the future urban SUV of Citroën, along with its creators.

That Citroën is putting the accent on the design does not have to be said very high. Just taking a look at the latest C4 Cactus first and C3 after it is clearly perceived that the brand Gala wants to be groundbreaking in this facet. And now we have been able to endorse it by bringing us closer to what is coming, the prototype C-Aircross Concept and its creators.

A few days ago and we advance that this car will lead to a new model, until now unheard of in Citroën: an urban SUV. Basically, the C-Aircross Concept will occupy the niche of the C3 Picasso, but with a different approach, from minivan to SUV. “You can appreciate it clearly in the proportions of the car,” says Christophe Bouchet, the man who has led the process of creating this prototype, which has taken a year and a half of work to his team.

And it is true. Live, the C-Aircross has another package, more resounding than the C3 Picasso. It is compact (4.1 meters), but has a lot of bearing for its great height. Bottom defenses (which run around the perimeter and hide various aerodynamic resources, such as active front air intakes or the air channel leading to an outlet behind the front wheels) help to ‘lift’ the car and roof bars ( Sharpened, again looking for effectiveness against the air, and with lights as original resource) you climb the carving and give it a real air SUV.

In Citroën consider this model complementary with the C4 Cactus when being an SUV and not an urban saloon.

“This car is the first interpretation of Citroën’s SUV vision, that’s why you see things different from the C3 and C4 Cactus.” For example, those defenses that no longer use the concept Aribump, so characteristic of the models mentioned above. “In the C4 Cactus we introduced it and already in the C3 they have varied. Now, in a car that is in another universe, that of the SUV and not in the urban sedans, we have given another approach.” The rear hatchback with curved shapes, even in the rear window, attest to this.

If we had to look for something characteristic of the C-Aircross Concept, that detail would be the touch of color, embodied especially in the rear guard. It is constructed of transparent plastic to improve the diagonal backward view of the driver, painted with stretch marks in a striking fluorescent orange and protrudes from the bodywork. “It creates a beneficial aerodynamic effect for the SUV, it’s impactful and practical for the driver, who has better backward vision,” explains Bouchet. We are very afraid that even with the fever of personalization, we will not see it in the series model.

“This car is the first interpretation of Citroën’s SUV vision, that’s why you see things different from the C3 and C4 Cactus.” For example, those defenses that no longer use the concept Aribump, so characteristic of the models mentioned above. “In the C4 Cactus we introduced it and already in the C3 they have varied. Now, in a car that is in another universe, that of the SUV and not in the urban sedans, we have given another approach.” The rear hatchback with curved shapes, even in the rear window, attest to this.

If we had to look for something characteristic of the C-Aircross Concept, that detail would be the touch of color, embodied especially in the rear guard. It is constructed of transparent plastic to improve the diagonal backward view of the driver, painted with stretch marks in a striking fluorescent orange and protrudes from the bodywork. “It creates a beneficial aerodynamic effect for the SUV, it’s impactful and practical for the driver, who has better backward vision,” explains Bouchet. We are very afraid that even with the fever of personalization, we will not see it in the series model.

Like the living room

That is the inspiration with which Céline Manetta? Worked to set the interior (we could not see physically since the show car was ‘hollow’). The recreations that show us an evolution of the C4 Cactus cabin, with a horizontal design where the main board seems to float thanks to the contrast with the lower area, which becomes a huge orange shelf to leave objects (with rubber stops so that do not move).

A Head Up Display replaces the watch box, since travel information is displayed on a transparent sheet similar to the one already seen on some Peugeot models (everything is at home) but with a larger size and more modern shapes. The central screen complements the info-entertainment part with the possibility of displaying up to three different information, intended for the driver (left), rear passengers (center) or copilot (right).

Among the curious details are the drawers for the iPad that open with mail handles, the same resource that is used to fix the mobile in the platform of induction recharge or the inspired aerators in the mouthpiece of the vacuum cleaners Dyson.

Wool, natural leather and alcantara with a three-dimensional textile covering are the materials with which the interior has been created, fleeing from the plastic like the ‘peste’. Do not forget that the goal is to move to the heat of a room and there are out of place plastics that cover the doors of a car, for example …

Inside this homey environment, the seats are key. Or, following the game proposed by the designers of the C-Aircross, we should say the armchairs, specially treated foams to maximize comfort and superior functionality, as both the sides of the back and the stool are used to include storage pockets Additional.

And although access to the concept is done through front doors, we have to say goodbye to the cars without pillar B: “would need such reinforcements to meet EuroNCAP crash tests that would make it unfeasible,” they explain.

The Citroën C-Aircross Concept (in particular this same piece that we could see live in Paris) will be present at the next Geneva Motor Show. During the year 2017 will arrive the model of street, surely much more conventional than the prototype but, in any case, very far from the style of Opel Crossland X, with whom shares DNA.

BY ENRIQUE ANRANJO – Madrid – @Quique_Naranjo – 21/02/2017 – EXPANSION  (Translation Soft)

 

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