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Production Citroen Aircross spied testing in the wild

May 19, 2015

The Citroen Aircross concept that was unveiled in China at Auto Shanghai 2015 last month, has been clicked testing on the streets of Sao Paulo in Brazil, as reported by Estadao.

Based on the very successful C4 Cactus, the concept employs a 313 bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain. The plug-in hybrid powertrain comprises a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 218 bhp and 275 Nm of torque and an electric motor that generates 70 kW (95 bhp) and 200 Nm of torque. The massive 275/42 R 22 Continental tyres and 22-inch alloy wheels however don’t bother the efficiency as the concept car has, Citroen claims, has a pure-electric driving range of 31 miles (50 km) and a fuel economy of 166 UK mpg (58.82 km/l). CO2 emissions are rated at just 39 g/km.

Various reports in the last few weeks have suggested that the concept will be used to spawn the Citroen C4 Aircross replacement. The C-segment crossover is based on the platform of the Mitsubishi ASX, just like the 4008 from sister brand Peugeot.

The Crossover/SUV segment is booming globally, especially in China which accounts for 25% of Citroen’s sales, where the new AirCross could help in increasing the brand’s market share. The concept’s production version will compete with the Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar and the VW Tiguan.

[Image Source: Estadao]

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