Citroën Previews SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept Ahead of Geneva Debut

It’s a SpaceTourer with four-wheel-drive and posh looks

The Citroën C-Aircross won't be the brand's only concept car at the Geneva Motor Show because it will be joined by this, the SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept.

Based on the production version of the SpaceTourer people-carrier, the 4X4 Ë study adds four-wheel-drive (obviously), enhanced body protection, new external graphics, and a more luxurious interior.

The design is inspired by Citroën's "Ë" lifestyle product range which debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Described by the automaker as "a stylish, practical and contemporary mode of transport for the modern day adventurer," the SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept is more a pre-production prototype than a design study.

The all-wheel-drive system has been developed by 4×4 specialist Automobiles Dangel, which offers AWD conversions for PSA commercial vehicles. The system offers 4×4 traction, with Auto 4WD and R. Lock settings that can be selected via a dial on the dashboard. Add a 60-mm higher ground clearance compared to the production SpaceTourer, and you get a spacious van that "top-level all-terrain abilities and ride comfort," according to its maker.

The concept is powered by the BlueHDI 150 S&S 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The study is based on the shortest wheelbase version (XS), which is why it only offers five seats. However, the Citroën SpaceTourer offers up to nine seats.

Design-wise, the Citroën SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept features SUV styling cues including front and rear protective skid plates, plastic cladding, roof bars, as well as tires with snow chains. It also boasts lively color combinations inside and out, such as the special white exterior paint and striking gray camouflage design with red decals.

Inside, the concept features a premium approach thanks to the use of materials such as white leather and mottled gray Alcantara.