The second technology of the Citroen C3 Aircross will share its underpinnings with the upcoming Opel Crossland providing each mild-hybrid and pure electrical variants
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Stellantis is re-organizing its quite a few choices within the small SUV phase, with the Citroen C3 Aircross and the Opel Crossland siblings being subsequent in line to get their electrified new generations in 2024. The French sub-compact crossover (B-SUV) is getting an overhaul, rising in dimension and adopting the newest expertise whereas remaining centered on consolation, affordability, and practicality.
In Might 2023, Citroen introduced the “New C3 Aircross” for rising markets together with India, South East Asia, and South America. Whereas the upcoming European model will differ by way of styling, tools, and powertrain choices, it provides us a good suggestion of what to anticipate.
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As depicted by the speculative renderings created by our associates, the EU-spec C3 Aircross is predicted to undertake styling cues from the 2022 Citroen Oli concept, following the instance of the upcoming E-C3 crossover supermini. These embody the automaker’s new oval-shaped double chevron emblem, alongside easier LED headlights, the omission of a grille, and a beneficiant dose of plastic cladding on the bumper.
The profile will doubtless borrow parts from the New C3 Aircross together with the greenhouse and presumably a couple of physique panels, in a quest to decrease manufacturing and improvement prices. Which means the SUV will develop in dimension, most likely carefully matching the 4.32 m (170.1 inches) size of its South American sibling, making it 170 mm (6.7 inches) longer in comparison with its predecessor. Small touches just like the futuristic wheels and small modifications on the trim will additional differentiate the 2 fashions, making the C3 Aircross extra appropriate for the style of European patrons.
In a quest to additional differentiate the mechanically-related B-SUVs coming from its different manufacturers, Stellantis teams them in two completely different sizes – the Opel Mokka, Jeep Avenger, Fiat 600, DS3, and upcoming Alfa Romeo are on the smaller finish of the phase, whereas the bigger Peugeot 2008, Citroen C3 Aircross and Opel Crossland, are on the opposite finish of the spectrum. This technique additionally permits extra respiration room for the smaller E-C3 supermini which is able to evolve from a standard supermini hatchback to a extra trendy crossover.
Extra Spacious Inside Closing Down On Compact SUVs
The inside of the Citroen New C3 Aircross
The bigger footprint will translate to extra space for passengers and their baggage, making the C3 Aircross extra sensible than ever earlier than. Not like the South American New C3 Aircross that contains a three-row seven-seater format, the European model shall be completely provided with 5 seats and a bigger boot of as much as 511 lt (18 cubic toes).
Citroen is the value-focused model of Stellantis however that doesn’t imply that the C3 Aircross will come wanting new expertise. The dashboard will doubtless inherit the digital cockpit already discovered on the bigger C4 and C4 X together with the 10-inch infotainment show. Moreover, colourful accents on the dashboard, doorways, and seats might make the C3 Aircross extra playful than the aforementioned bigger fashions, with extra storage compartments enhancing its family-friendly credentials. Citroen is thought for prioritizing consolation over sportiness, so the small SUV will most certainly get the plushy Superior Consolation seats and a brand-specific suspension setup giving it a pillow-y journey.
New Platform With Gentle Hybrid And Absolutely Electrical Powertrains
The primary technology of the Citroen C3 Aircross, launched in 2017 and facelifted in 2021, is among the final remaining fashions based mostly on the previous PSA PF1 platform, which is why it urgently wants a alternative. The brand new mannequin will lastly make the leap to the CMP/eCMP structure, which is appropriate with mild-hybrid and totally electrical powertrains plus extra fashionable ADAS options.
The fully electric E-C3 Aircross will characteristic a single front-mounted electrical motor. The unit is presently out there with 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS) and 154 hp (115 kW / 156 PS) in mechanically-related choices, though the small Citroens might get a much less highly effective model at the least for his or her entry-level trims. Most Stellantis EVs had been just lately up to date with a 54 kWh battery that might discover its manner within the E-C3 Aircross.
The ICE-powered vary will doubtless be centered across the just lately launched 1.2-liter PureTech 48v mild-hybrid powertrain which is already out there in 99 hp (74 kW / 100 PS) and 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS) types. The 1.5-liter BlueHDi shall be discontinued, as it isn’t appropriate with the upcoming Euro 7 emission laws.
The 2024 Citroen C3 Aircross and E-C3 Aircross are set to debut in 2024, following the smaller E-C3’s introduction. We are able to anticipate to be taught extra in regards to the B-SUV earlier than then by carefully scrutinizing future spy pictures and potential teasers.