Citroen unveils C4 Aircross SUV

  • C4 Aircross to rival VW Tiguan
  • Two- and four-wheel-drive versions
  • On sale next year from around £18,000
The Citroen C4 Aircross
The Citroen C4 Aircross
Citroen has unveiled its C4 Aircross, a rival for the Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai and VW Tiguan, which will go on sale in 2012.

The Aircross carries plenty of the company's trademark styling – much of which is taken from the larger C-Crosser SUV – while most of its mechanical make-up is shared with the Mitsubishi ASX.

At 4.34m long, 1.8m wide and 1.63m high, the new model is a little longer than a Tiguan and roughly the same width. The VW is around 7cm taller.

The Aircross's boot is smaller than the Tiguan's, at 442 litres – compared with the VW's 470 - but it's more than 80 litres larger than a Kuga's.

Citroen hasn't released full UK-specs for the Aircross, although it has indicated that only diesel engines are likely to be offered: a Citroen-sourced 110bhp 1.6-litre motor. A version with Mitsubishi's low-compression 148bhp 1.8-litre may also be offered.

Standard models are likely to be front-wheel drive, but a four-wheel-drive system will be available. It will offer three modes: front-drive, to improve fuel economy, automatic four-wheel drive, which can divert up to 50% of torque to the rear if it detects wheelspin, and a locked four-wheel drive, which forces the 50:50 split.

We'd expect the C4 Aircross to carry a premium over the ASX – so expect prices to start from around £18,000.

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