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Citroen C4 Aircross 2012

During this year's Geneva Auto Show Citroen revealed their first SUV, the Citroen C4 Aircross 2012. The C4 Aircross boasts with a perfect combination between the capabilities of an off-roader and theride of a saloon car. Furthermore the C4 promises to be one of the best SUVs on the market in terms of CO2 emissions. Let's take a look at what the Citroen C4 Aircross 2012 has to offer from a technicalstandpoint.

Under the hood the Citroen C4 Aircross 2012 comes in three variants when it comes to the engine, and the engines themselves are those found in the Peugeot 4008. The Citroen C4 will offer one gas engineand two diesel engines. The gas engine will be a 1.6 liter engine producing 116 horsepower, and will befound only on the European variants of the Citroen C4 Aircross 2012.

Besides the gas engine the Citroen C4 Aircross 2012 will come with a 1.6 HDi diesel engine delivering 112 horsepower and a 1.8 liter HDi engine developing 150 horsepower. Unlike the gas engine, the dieselvariants will be made available in Europe as well as other countries outside Europe.

Transmission-wise, the gas engine will be paired up with a five-speed manual gearbox whilst the dieselengines will be mated with a six-speed manual transmission. Also, depending on the engine variant, the Citroen C4 Aircross 2012 will come as a two-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive SUV.

Performances aside the Citroen C4 Aircross 2012 offers a stylish exterior that combines many designelements found in other Citroen cars. The front end of the car looks quite techy and offers vertical LEDs,and aerodynamic vents. The Citroen C4 Aircross also comes with a set of 18 inch set of wheels, widewheel arches and a rear end designed with the Hypnos concept in mind.

On the interior the Citroen C4 Aircross 2012 offers five seats, a 442 liter boot, LED illumination, GPSnavigation with touch-screen, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, reverse camera, and whilst the speciallydeveloped chassis and suspension offers the driver the maneuverability of a sedan, the passengers canenjoy an open-feel due to the large panoramic glass sunroof.

As far as availability and pricing goes the Citroen C4 Aircross 2012 is expected to hit the SUV market in Europe during the second half of 2012 wearing a price tag of roughly £22,000 for the base model. In caseyou're looking for a similar SUV but you're not really keen of the Citroen C4 Aircross, you might give the Ford Kuga a try.

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More than 100,000 new Citroën C4 vehicles have rolled of the assembly line since the model was launched one year ago. Following on from this commercial success, the Marque is now extending its C4 range with an original model: the Citroën C4 Aircross. This new vehicle reviews the conventional cues of compact SUV design. By combining style and technological innovation in a single car, the Citroën C4 Aircross is ideally suited to modern lifestyles that introduce a sense of escape into everyday activities. This new body style draws upon the Marque’s technological excellence, combining the grip of an off-roader with the ride and driveability of a saloon. Available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive versions, depending on the engine, the Citroën C4 Aircross will be launched in the first half of 2012 and will be one of the front-runners in its segment in terms of CO2 emissions.

The styling of the Citroën C4 Aircross draws upon the Marque’s DNA, combining the vitality of the other models in the range with the powerful styling of an off-roader.

The distinctive styling includes a front end of horizontal lines with aerodynamic vents at the extremities, accentuating the vehicle's compact appearance. The contours of the bonnet, which is visible from the driver's seat, the wide wheel arches and the reduced overhang all enhance the impression of robustness produced by this unique silhouette.

Close attention went into every detail and each part is designed to combine style and performance. The Citroën C4 Aircross' light signature, visible by day and at night, is formed by the LEDs at the front, which are vertically aligned in the aerodynamic vents. The shape of the large 18-inch wheels and the rear lights, directly inspired by the Hypnos concept car, has been reworked for optimal air flow and reduced CO2 emissions.

This April, Citroën is expanding its range with a new vehicle aimed at a fast-growing segment. The Citroën C4 AIRCROSS is a fresh take on conventional compact SUV design, combining design with technological innovation. The qualities of this new body style make it a perfect fit with contemporary lifestyles, introducing a sense of escape into everyday activities:

- strong, elegant styling drawing upon brand DNA;

- transmission to suit all requirements; all-terrain traction, when needed, with three manually selected modes (2WD, 4WD and Lock);

- just 119 g of CO2/km with the two-wheel drive HDi 115 version, among the lowest carbon emissions in its segment; Stop&Start technology across the entire engine range;

- architecture combining compact lines and a vehicle length of just 4.34 m, generous interior space and, in particular, boot capacity of 442 litres;

- the comfort and driveability that ensure the success of Citroën hatchbacks and saloons;

- a sense of onboard comfort and relaxation, with a raised driving position, panoramic glass roof and an intuitive driving position that places the emphasis on driving comfort and easy everyday use;

- a wide array of high-tech equipment: a Navidrive navigation system with a touch screen and rearview camera, hands-free access and start-up, a Rockford hi-fi system and a music server.

Available in two- wheel and four-wheel drive versions, the Citroën C4 AIRCROSS will make its debut in first-half 2012 following its world preview at the Geneva Motor Show.


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