Citroën will introduce a new plug-in hybrid SUV concept, the Aircross, at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. The company said that Aircross illustrates its international ambitions, rolling out its positioning initiated with the C4 Cactus with a body style intended for sale around the world.
Citroën Aircross is powered by a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid system. An electric motor on the rear axle develops power of 95 bhp (70 kW) and torque of 200 N·m (148 lb-ft). 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 gasoline engine developing 218 bhp (160 kW) and torque of 275 N·m (203 lb-ft).
Aircross features an all-electric range of 50 km (31 miles). When the driver places strong pressure on the accelerator pedal and when torque is required immediately, a boost function combines the torque of the internal combustion engine with that of the electric motor, delivering 313 bhp (230 kW); fuel consumption is projected to be 1.7 l/100 km (138 mpg US), with 39 g/km of CO2 (MVEG combined cycle). Citroën Aircross accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.
Citroën developed a fresh take on the C4 Cactus’s Airbumps (earlier post) for the Aircross, adapting them to SUV requirements. While the Airbumps are designed to protect the body from everyday bumps and scrapes, the Alloy Bumps protect the vehicle from lateral impact with their visible padding. The Alloy Bumps are made up of a honeycombed structure in highly absorbent aluminium foam, a material originating in motorsport.
The graphic components also highlight the search for enhanced aerodynamics on a body whose surfaces have already been worked to optimise air penetration. The Air Signs are chrome-finished signatures that underline the rear window while forming an air-flow tunnel. The Air Curtains are air intakes located at the front of the concept car. These two features are accompanied by front and rear wheel arch extractors and the highly tapered shapes of the wing mirrors. Together these components improve the overall aerodynamics of the Aircross while enhancing its design.
Citroën selected the Shanghai Motor Show as a symbolic venue given the importance of the Chinese market, which accounts for 25% of the brand’s total sales and its number-one market.