Citroën Unveils C-Aircross Small SUV Concept Ahead of Geneva Debut

The design study previews a new C3-based crossover

Here's Citroën's "surprise" for the Geneva Motor Show: the C-Aircross crossover SUV.

Said to offer "a new vision of the compact SUV," the design study showcases the brand's capacity to be different, with the styling inspired by the new C3. The footprint slightly bigger than the C3's, however, with the C-Aircross being 4,150-mm long, 1,740-mm wide, and 1,630-mm high. That makes it roughly the same size as a C4 Cactus, albeit 100 mm taller.

Styling highlights include the rear-hinged doors at the back (just like the previous Aircross concept from 2015), "floating roof," split level light signature at the front, protective trim, big wheels, brightly colored personalization elements, and cameras replacing the traditional door mirrors.

But the interior is even more spectacular, bringing a refreshing layout. Essential elements include the raised one-piece dashboard covered with fabric, four sofa-style suspended seats upholstered in Alcantara, a single-spoke steering wheel (flat both at the top and the bottom), tinted head-up display, and a 12-inch touchscreen that operates the Citroën Connect Nav 3D connected navigation system.

Other details contribute to the interior's welcoming look, including the large windows and panoramic sunroof, as well as the Fluorescent Coral color that dominates the floor and carpeting. Storage spaces include a big area that runs across the length of the dashboard, door bins, a hidden compartment under the center console, and more.

Citroën remains silent about the concept's powertrain, but says the C-Aircross is equipped "for everyday urban journeys or mountain and coastal getaways." It's not four-wheel drive, though, instead featuring a Grip Control dial that offers five driving modes: Standard, Sand, Off-road, Snow, and ESP Off.

Expect more details about the C-Aircross when it debuts at the Geneva Motor Show a month from now.