Debut of the compact SUV Citroen C3 Aircross took place three and a half years ago, but during this time it could not become a bestseller on the European market: Renault Kaptur or Volkswagen T-Roc find twice as many buyers. Moreover, the demand for the C3 Aircross has been falling faster than its competitors lately. Will the update help?
The restyled Citroen C3 Aircross is easiest to identify by the new design of the front end: the face of the SUV has become even more unusual. Interestingly in the design of the grille and lighting technology, the “X” is clearly visible, although the designers of Citroen have found their own interpretation of this style. At the same time, the sides of the body and stern remained intact – even the rear bumper with three plastic overlays imitating the branded protective sections of Airbump did not change (on pre-reform cars they visually repeated three similarly designed air intakes under the front grille, which are now gone).
Due to the new front bumper, the C3 Aircross added 6 mm in length (4160 mm from nose to tail), but otherwise the dimensions of the SUV remained the same. The company also announced an expanded set of alloy wheels with a diameter of 16 and 17 inches and an updated palette of body colors. Improvements in the cabin boil down to the new Advanced Comfort seats from the older models of the brand and a media system with a larger nine-inch screen instead of a seven-inch one, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces, and wireless charging for a smartphone. There are also new finishes.
The range of engines has not changed. It still includes a PureTech 1.2 petrol turbo engine (110 hp and 205 Nm or 130 hp and 230 Nm) and a BlueHDi 1.5 turbodiesel, which is also available in two versions: the younger unit develops 110 hp. and 250 Nm, and the more expensive version produces 120 hp. and 300 Nm. The base 110-horsepower engines are equipped with six-speed manual transmissions, while older versions are available with a six-speed automatic transmission. Only front-wheel drive, but there is an optional Grip Control system with off-road traction control modes.
European sales of restyled SUVs will start in June. Prices will be announced closer to the summer. But the appearance of updated cars on the Russian market may be delayed. We have Citroen C3 Aircross for the entire last year found only 122 buyers.