Wraps come off French 4x4s
- New Citroen C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007 4x4s
- Both 4x4s based on new Mitsubishi Outlander
- Expected on sale here in summer 2007
Citroen and Peugeot have released pictures of their first ever 4x4s.
The Citroen C-Crosser and the Peugeot 4007 are essentially the same as Mitsubishi's Outlander, albeit with reskinned front ends.
At launch the 4x4s will be available with a 156bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, but the Outlander has a four-cylinder petrol in its range so Citroen or Peugeot could adopt that unit at a later date.
The transmission system can work in three modes - four- and two-wheel drive, and a differential-lock setting for low-grip conditions. The options can be selected using a control behind the gearlever.
Inside, both cars have a third row of seats that folds away under the rear floor, so they can each accommodate up to seven passengers. The boot opens in two sections and the lower part of the tailgate can also support up to 200kg.
The deal between Peugeot/Citroen and Mitsubishi means that the 4007 and C-Crosser can't go on sale before the Outlander does. Given that the Japanese machine is set to hit showrooms in the spring, we'd expect its French cousins to reach British buyers in the summer, from around £17,000.
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