Citroën reveals Aircross PHEV concept

Citroën has unveiled its Aircross plug-in hybrid concept ahead of its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show.

The brand said the model confirms its ability to develop its new positioning and illustrates its international ambitions, drawing on the product and styling traits of C4 Cactus, with a body style intended for worldwide sale.

The Aircross features a plug-in hybrid drivertrain, with an electric motor located on the rear axle to optimise performance and traction while ensuring high fuel economy and low emissions.

The electric motor develops 95bhp (70kW) and torque of 200Nm. The motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries that charge up in just three and a half hours via a 16A domestic socket. The electric motor is combined with a 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 218bhp (160kW) and torque of 275Nm.

On roads that require successive acceleration and deceleration, the hybrid technology limits fuel consumption by combining both energy sources. On the motorway, the internal-combustion engine takes over, providing optimum high-speed performance.

Official combined cycle fuel consumption is 166mpg (1.7 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions are 39g/km. Citroën Aircross accelerates from 0 to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds.

The exterior brings elements of the C4 Cactus through the overall body styling and ‘Alloy Bumps’ and ‘Air Signs’ motifs. According to Citroen, the design is finished with vibrant orange-red paintwork symbolising energy and serenity.

The interior has been designed to promote occupant well-being and features broad and generous seats, new materials and a blend of light, invigorating colours. Element of the C4 Cactus are seen here too with with specially designed storage compartments and the use of luggage style ‘straps’ in a a contemporary cabin.

The concept car is also equipped with two 12-inch HD screens, one of which moves across the dashboard so it can be seen by more than just one passenger. Each seat is equipped with speakers and microphones to encourage dialogue between the occupants.

The Citroën Aircross concept car will be unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month, with Citroën saying the venue was chosen to reflect the importance of the Chinese market, which accounts for 25% of total sales and stands as Citroën’s number-one market.

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Peter Thomas

Author:Peter Thomas
Date Updated:10th Apr 2015

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