Citroen's Aircross concept revealed.
The CitroŽn Aircross concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
The Aircross’s production intent is emphasised by the fact that it sits on the EMP2 scalable platform, which underpins all of PSA Peugeot CitroŽn’s mid to large offerings. The concept car is 4.58m long, 2.1m wide and 1.8m tall.
The Aircross is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. An electric motor producing 95bhp and 148lb ft is located on the rear axle and is combined with a front-mounted 1.6-litre petrol engine developing 218bhp and 203lb ft.
The electric motor is fuelled by a lithium ion battery pack that can be recharged in three and a half hours via a domestic socket. The car has a claimed all-electric range of 31 miles for urban routes and switches between the electric motor and internal combustion engine for journeys that call for regular acceleration and deceleration. On the motorway, the petrol engine is used exclusively.
CitroŽn Aircross - key features
Changing faces - As on the Cactus, the thin headlights link to the CitroŽn logo. The design is described as a hallmark that will appear on every car CitroŽn makes, but the area below will change according to bodystyle. On the Aircross, the ‘mouth’ of the car is more open than on the Cactus, emphasising its width.
Not just chrome - CitroŽn is bucking trends set by German premium makers. As a result, there are few chrome accents in the cabin. Materials here include Teflon coating and brushed aluminium, which are durable but tactile. CitroŽn refers to ‘sofa spirit’, meaning an interior that’s both inviting and comfortable.
Airbumps evolve - Set low to emphasise the car’s bolder SUV stance, the ‘Alloy Bumps’ are made of honeycomb aluminium castings surrounded by hard rubber. Production versions are unlikely to be so intricate or weighty, but they show how the Airbump concept will evolve for different vehicle types.
Production focus - Exaggerated width, wheels and tyres aside, there are likely to be few changes when the car makes production. The ‘Air Signs’ (chrome-finished signatures framing the rear window) and ‘Air Curtains’ (intakes at the front of the car) are both functional devices that enhance aerodynamics. CitroŽn Aircross concept revealed | Autocar