The French-based Citroen carmaker is trying to tackle the largest auto market in the world, China, with a new product which is reported to arrive sometime next year.
We are dealing here with the long-rumored Citroen Aircross SUV, which was first seen in flash as a concept model in Shanghai, two years ago.
According to recent reports issued by CarNewsChina, the SUV would arrive on the Chinese market under the C5 Aircross nameplate and coming with a seven-seat configuration.
The future Citroen C5 Aircross SUV is expected to stand on the company`s new EMP2 architecture, also underpinning other models within the PSA Group, like the brand-new Peugeot 3008 and Citroen C6, meaning that it will be more lightweight and accommodate more legroom at the rear.
Also, the new platform will allow the fitting of a wide array of engines, including a high-performance 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, with 203 horsepower and 80 Nm of torque. The power will be sent to all wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. As expected, the company will also release a PHEV version later on.
As for the production line, the all-new Citroen Aircross SUV will be built in China at the PSA Group`s Dongfeng-PSA joint venture plant, and will cost at least 210,000 yuan, the equivalent of $30,430, and could could go up to 320,000 yuan, or $46,370.
Once arriving in China, and perhaps later on in Europe, the Citroen C5 Aircross will become the direct competitor of the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan.