Today, CitroŽn has revealed C-Aircross Concept, a
concept car with strong identity which offers a new vision of compact
SUV and embodies CitroŽn's capacity to be different, whatever the
Its design with a unique morphology adds to the dynamic
attitude of the SUV, the fluidity of aerodynamic lines and the
freshness of its color scheme.
On board, it reflects a new step in the CitroŽn Advanced
Comfortģ programme with its light and airy cabin, including warm
materials, and technology that makes life easier.
With its world premiere set for the Geneva Auto Show on
7 March, C-Aircross Concept heralds CitroŽn's global offensive on the
compact SUV segment.
CitroŽn has revealed a daring car concept with a
colourful and strong identity in a world premiere. CitroŽn’s
interpretation of a compact SUV, C-Aircross Concept marks a new stage
for CitroŽn in the deployment of its product strategy. With its
internationally-oriented body style, the brand confirms its offensive
on the SUV segment, started with Aircross Concept. Its unique identity
is based on the state of mind of the New C3, adapted to a new segment:
DESIGN - an assertive SUV: C-Aircross Concept marks
its difference into the world of SUVs with its totally strong, original
and fresh attitude. It has a unique morphology and a right balance
between protection and fluidity of lines. Its modern body style
comprises generous shaped parts which contrast with strong graphic
features and splashes of colour. Its also suggests an impression of
space on board, where colours and materials creates a both technical
and relaxed atmosphere in a very stripped back style.
COMFORT - a modern SUV: the opposing opening doors
of the C-Aircross Concept open onto a spacious cabin, an invitation to
embark on adventures with complete peace of mind. The concept offers
space, wide quilt-effect seats, and plenty of light, owing to its
panoramic sunroof. Inside the car the foundations of the CitroŽn
Advanced Comfortģ programme can be seen, and technology serves to
improve ease of use, for example: the colour head-up display an
aesthetic blade in continuity of the instrument cluster, single spoke
steering wheel with intuitive commands, rear view camera vision and
wireless induction charging for smartphones.
"The showcar C-Aircross demonstrates CitroŽn's pursuit
of its international product offensive. Based on the state of mind of
New C3, it illustrates a different vision of compact SUVs, full of
confidence and boldness.
This concept embodies also completely the ambitions of the CitroŽn
Advanced Comfortģ programme with its interior space source of
Linda Jackson - CitroŽn Brand CEO
01 – DESIGN: AN ASSERTIVE SUV
Confident and relaxed
Staunchly optimistic, the C-Aircross Concept sports an
assertive and singular personality in the world of SUVs. Its highly
modern design is based on a unique morphology which gives it at the
same time a feeling of robustness and energy. It has an impressive
relaxed and non-aggressive presence. In terms of posture, the
C-Aircross Concept stands out at first glance for its short and
high-positioned bonnet and its sturdy - but not aggressive - front, an
unexplored artistic territory in the highly standardised world of the
SUV. This front style brings a horizontal and solid overall balance,
covering fluid and muscular shapes. Its reassuring lines and its
extremely generous moulded bodywork further accentuate its attitude and
give it confidence and strength.
Through C-Aircross Concept, the CitroŽn Style teams have
cleverly combined seamless lines with the features of an SUV, on a
compact body (length: 4.15m, width: 1.74m, height: 1.63m). Its body
style is visually enhanced by guards that surround the lower part of
the body. Set for the adventure, the C-Aircross Concept is equipped
with protective front and back wheel clamps in Glossy Black, wheel arch
guards with restyled stealthy camouflage, and body side protection
moulding on the lower part. And to further emphasise its go-anywhere
nature, the concept is based on diamond-effect 18-inch wheels featuring
a creative and statuesque design, which suggest a tall driving position
and off-road capabilities.
In line with the Brand identity, the C-Aircross Concept
inherits a beautifully curved front panel with bags of confidence, and
a bright signature over two stages. The daytime running lights attached
to the upper part of the radiator are separated from the main lighting
function of the lower part. The execution of the rear side, pure and
graphic, is just as assertive in terms of style. The C-Aircross Concept
has prominent shoulders which on both sides of the vehicle highlight
the 3D rear lights comprising 3 advanced technology floating lights.
These floating lights are also found on the decoration
of the rear quarter windows and the ceiling. True concept signatures,
the two highly graphically contrasting floating backlit rear quarter
windows have been designed as aerodynamic louvered shutters, while the
ceiling is crowned by a panoramic glass roof, creating multiple sources
of light. Stylised and in line with the concept, the Fluorescent Coral
rear quarter windows conceal the vehicle's interior, without preventing
light from entering. The large glass surface area and generous cabin
reinforce the unique character of this concept which gives the
impression of a spacious and light cabin.
Based on the Product and Style markers featured on the
New C3, the C-Aircross Concept alternates smooth surfaces with graphic
contrasts which are brought to life with splashes of colour. The Blue
colour elegantly covers the whole body and contrasts with the
Fluorescent Coral colour used for each of the splashes of colour which
bring out the "fun" attitude of this concept designed for recreation.
These orange-coloured personalisation elements include: the edges of
the headlights, the wheel hubcaps, the side guards and the roof racks
which incorporate LED lighting on their tips.
Another key element in the development of this concept
is the consideration of aerodynamics. This is first and foremost
reflected in the shaped parts of the concept and its overall balance.
Each surface has been designed taking into account the
air flow produced. Moreover, to improve its efficiency, the concept is
equipped with air inlets located in the front fascia,"air breather" air
inlets built into the side door guards, and a rear diffuser to increase
A sleek and graphic cabin
The C-Aircross Concept features opposing opening doors
for better on board accessibility, a kinematic element to increase
comfort reminiscent of the Aircross and CXperience car concepts. A true
invitation to travel, C-Aircross Concept shows a functional cabin, with
space and invigorating atmosphere.
On board, the CitroŽn designers have opted for an airy
sleek dashboard, and for suspended seats - an interior architecture
dominated by a horizontal balance which gives a visual impression of
fluidity, modernity and space.
In addition to a single spoke steering wheel with
intuitive commands, a nod to the Brand's history, the fabric-covered
dashboard has a tinted "head-up vision" board positioning all
instrumentation in the driver's field of vision.
Information is displayed in colours with match the
strong colour scheme of this SUV perfectly. In the middle of the
dashboard a wide 12-inch touch screen takes centre stage, in line with
the specific graphic scheme, displaying different driving and
infotainment information. On the lower part, it leads to a wide central
console which extends from the front seats to the back seats and
showcases the useful storage features.
Entirely designed in a combination of Light Grey and
Vitamin-rich Orange and in the form of a floating strip, the dashboard,
through which the many storage spaces can be seen, plays with contrast
right down to the inner doors. A large object
holder stretches all the way along the dashboard and is used for
decoration, enhanced by its orange colour. The C-AircrossConcept offers
splashes of colour on the ventilators and the seatbelt buckles. The
Fluorescent Coral colour that dominates the floor and carpeting creates
a lovely tone-on-tone effect.
This warm and colourful combination also features on the
upholstery, which is covered with thick, soft fabric. The
sofastyleseats also feature this shaded grey and orange toned scheme
lengthways. Their "Colours and Materials" design, in harmony with that
of the dashboard, and overall horizontal look, reinforce the graphic
and unique style of the C-Aircross Concept.
02 – COMFORT: A MODERN SUV
Just like on board the New C3, the concept C-Aircross is
fully in line with the CitroŽn Advanced Comfortģ programme. Spacious
and designed to be a real cocoon and living space for its driver and
passengers, it is equipped with a number of features conducive to
physical and mental well-being.
Seats as an invitation to
As soon as you enter inside, you experience a real
feeling of visual well-being. The C-Aircross Concept produces an
immediate feeling of comfort which is reflected in four
smoothly-shaped, enveloping seats. Both in the front and in the back,
the wide and enticing sofa-style seats are covered in warm and
high-tech quilt-effect embossed alcantara. In addition to their
high-quality manufacture, both natural and enhanced, they offer unique
hold, inspired by the world of bedding. Adapting to the body's
position, they ensure that those on board will experience the road
Numerous and clever storages
In the quest for everyday practicality and
functionality, the cabin
of the C-Aircross Concept contains a large number of spacious,
dedicated and visible storage spaces. Up front, the driver and
passengers benefit from an original storage area which runs along the
entire dashboard. A storage, whose nooks, a nod to the C4 Cactus, stop
objects from sliding.
Moreover, a double drawer equipped with handles, once
reference to the world of travel and luggage, also acts as useful
storage space up front. There are other clever spaces that make life
easier - large glove compartments in the doors and the area for storing
handbags out of sight under the central console. The designers have
also designed seats equipped with inbuilt storage bags, concealed on
the back of the seats and in their side panels. Lastly, the central
console is equipped with a very deep storage space and a first
compartment dedicated to wireless induction charging up front. This
same console continues and has a second storage area for smartphones
accessible to passengers in the back. They can also place their mobile
tablet in the back of a seat to watch a film or slide it into the
discrete compartment in the middle of the seat bench to protect it.
A true bath of light
For a pleasant journey with complete peace of mind, the
Concept has worked on the relationship to the outside environment to
ensure that plenty of light enters into the cabin. Its large glazed
side surface area and its innovative and stylish rear quarter windows
let light in through the louvered shutters effect. Its large panoramic
glazed roof also lets daylight easily into the entire vehicle. These
many sources of light reinforce the impression of space and well-being.
They contribute directly to the everyday comfort of the vehicle's
occupants and to giving them a true "Feel Good" experience.
Technologies dedicated to the
On board C-Aircross Concept, and in line with the
Comfortģ programme, cutting-edge technology at the service of
convenience also makes life easier on board. Useful, intuitive and in
keeping with the times, this technology benefits all of the vehicle's
To streamline the driving experience the steering wheel
intuitive and useful driving information for the driver is displayed
within its field of vision. Stripped down using specific graphics, the
instrumentation is displayed on a wide glass board. The C-Aircross
Concept enhances this "head-up vision" and the "high-tech rear vision"
function. Two side cameras take the place of the traditional exterior
rear-view mirrors. The images are transposed instead of the inside
Moreover, for an optimal view of what's going on around
the concept is also equipped with a rear camera positioned in the
centre of the roof spoiler.
The C-Aircross Concept is equipped with a smart and
Human-Machine interface. Drivers and passengers have access to an array
of functionalities via the 12-inch central touch screen. At the heart
of the car's control centre, it makes using the vehicle easier and
reinforces the aesthetic impression of length and spaciousness that
prevails on board. The positioning of the infotainment means that
everyone can access journey information using the 3D connected
navigation system with voice recognition, CitroŽn Connect Nav.
Moreover, everyone can choose their own music or watch their favourite
film. Depending on the on board experience desired, an array of
configurations are possible: 1/3 -2/3, 2/3 - 1/3 or full screen. As
such, passengers are as active in the journey as the driver is.
To stay connected and in interaction with the outside
concept CitroŽn C-Aircross is also equipped, at the heart of its
central console, with a compartment especially designed for charging
your smartphone via wireless induction charging.
The C-Aircross Concept also comes with the Share with U
installed. This new service offers entertainment for all passengers
inside the car. It functions via the wifi spot of the vehicle and
enables everyone to share their media files (games, music and videos)
easily with their travelling companions and to enjoy them on board./6
CitroŽn ConnectedCAM™, the on-board HD camera launched
on the New C3 combines ease of use and peace of mind.
Positioned just behind the interior rear-view mirror, it
what the driver sees outside and enables them to share their photos and
videos on social networks with one simple click.
For true acoustic comfort, the designers also paid
attention to the sound spatialisation in the cabin. The front and rear
headrests are equipped with built-in speakers and microphones, creating
on board the C-Aircross Concept true "sound experience" audio bubbles.
As such, everyone can choose to communicate with the other passengers
or to keep to themselves.
Another smart and cutting-edge technology, which enables
Concept to think outside the box is the Grip Control. Engineered to
improve driveability, this function perfectly adapted to the C-Aircross
Concept nature brings to this go-anywhere car for both urban settings
and the great outdoors a true driving comfort, whatever the terrain.
Equipped for both everyday urban journeys and mountain and coastal
getaways, as a family or among friends, C-Aircross Concept is playing
versatility card. A real asset to this ambitious SUV focused on
leisures and escape.