Geneva 2012: Citroen C4 Aircross

* C4 Aircross SUV at Geneva show * No on-sale date for UK yet * Brand moving upmarket, says Citroen...

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Emma Butcher
06 March 2012

Geneva 2012: Citroen C4 Aircross

The new Citroen C4 Aircross compact SUV has been premiered at the 2012 Geneva motor show.

Left-hand drive versions will go on sale in mainland Europe during the second half of 2012, but no date has yet been set for the UK.

'We want the right-hand drive PSA engine in the vehicle, and we're waiting for confirmation if that will be available. We won't launch with the Mitsubishi engine,' a spokesman told What Car?

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When the C4 Aircross does make it to the UK, the range will be short and higher specced than competitors such as the Ford Kuga, with prices expected to start at around 22,000.

The Aircross made its global debut alongside the all-new Berlingo Multispace the facelifted C1 that was launched in Brussels in January, limited editions of the DS3, DS4 and DS5 and two new concepts - the DS4 Racing and C3 Red Block, both targeted at driving enthusiasts.

Neither the Ds4 racing nor C3 Red Block have been confirmed for sale in the UK, and whether the DS4 racing will be built at all has yet to be decided (there's still no interior).

Sources are optimistic, however, following the success of DS3 racing. 200 of the cars were made for the UK and the order book is now closed after less than a year.

What links the new and emerging range is a move towards a more premium positioning, according to Citroen. A spokesman said: 'Everything from the updated c1 to the DS4 Racing Concept is moving the whole brand upmarket.

The c4 Aircross has moved the SUV segment on and with the c1 we're competing with the VW up, etc; with the DS5, we're targeting BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 buyers.'

Emma Butcher