Citroen’s first ever SUV, the C-Crosser, is now available in showrooms across the country.
The four-wheel drive C-Crosser breaks new ground for the Company, combining distinctive Citroen qualities - strong styling, practicality and sound green engineering - to provide buyers with a sleek, spacious, robust and comfortable car with a flexible seating lay-out and a new, clean, fuel efficient HDi diesel engine with a Diesel Particulate Filter System (DPFS).
The C-Crosser will be offered in two well-specified trim levels - VTR+ and Exclusive. Both models feature automatic air conditioning, six airbags, alarm, a 5+2 seating configuration, cruise control, automatic headlamps, ABS and ESP with traction control as standard, while the Exclusive adds leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, 18” alloys and a 6 CD autochanger. Recommended retail prices are £22,790 for the VTR+ and £25,490 for the Exclusive.
And it’s into a healthy marketplace that the C-Crosser arrives. Since 2000, registrations of 4x4s in the UK have increased by 55%, so that by the end of 2006 they represented 7.5% of the total car market.
The arrival of the C-Crosser represents the beginning of a new chapter in Citroen’s often overlooked history of producing vehicles with off-road capability. These have included 4x4 versions of the BX, Méhari and 2CV as well as the current Berlingo XTR+ enhanced traction light commercial vehicle, not to mention the Company’s dominant World Rallying credentials and futuristic four wheel drive concepts like the C-Buggy.
At the front, its style is distinctly Citroen. The design and detail, from the signature badging to the chrome trim, work together to create an image that emphasises style, class and solidity. With its expressive, chevron-embellished bonnet, sloping roofline and eye-catching headlamps, the C-Crosser presents a non-aggressive design for the SUV market. The look is complemented by the high waistline, curvaceous wings and chunky wheel arches that house the distinctive two-tone alloys.
On the inside there is a continuation of the exacting standards with high quality, robust materials used throughout. The simple yet stylish dash features smart aluminium trim and a special soft finish, whilst all occupants benefit from the ergonomically designed seats and, on Exclusive models, luxurious leather upholstery.
Perfectly highlighting Citroen’s penchant for functionality and innovation, both models feature a flexible 5+2 seating configuration. Making it easy to exit the third row seats, or to reconfigure the boot lay-out, two buttons located internally next to the rear wheel arches allow the second row seats to be electronically folded forwards. The two occasional use seats in the rear can be cleverly folded away under the floor, while the second row of seating also slides and reclines for greater comfort.