When it comes to luggage, the maximum boot capacity stands at a useful 510 litres with five seats in place, or a massive 1,686 litres with all the rear seats folded away. For added convenience, the lower section of the C-Crosser’s two-piece tailgate can be dropped down to lower the sill to 600mm. Once down, it also doubles as a handy bench, supporting loads of up to 200kg.
The C-Crosser is a responsible alternative for 4x4 buyers who are also looking for a vehicle that minimises its impact on the environment. It is equipped with a fuel-efficient, low emission 2.2HDi common rail diesel engine fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Boasting nearly 40mpg on the combined cycle, the powerplant emits as little as 191g/km of CO2. Particle emissions are reduced to virtually immeasurable levels thanks to the advanced DPFS, while it can also run on 30% bio-diesel without any modification.
As for performance, this state-of-the-art engine produces an impressive 280lb.ft of torque at just 2000rpm as well as 156bhp (CEE). This powers the C-Crosser from 0 to 62mph in under 10 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph.
With three different driving modes available, selected using a simple control next to the gear lever, the C-Crosser driving experience is as flexible as its seating lay-out. Its frugal performance is helped by its ability to travel in permanent two-wheel drive (2WD mode), keeping fuel usage and CO2 emissions to a minimum.
When the conditions become more challenging, drivers can opt to use four-wheel drive (4WD mode), giving the C-Crosser improved stability, while the full LOCK mode is designed to help in very low grip conditions like mud, snow and ice. This 4WD arrangement is managed via an electronically controlled clutch located in front of the back axle.
Produced in conjunction with leading 4x4 specialist Mitsubishi, the C-Crosser strikes an ideal balance between comfort and performance, as has come to be expected of Citroen cars. The marque’s engineers refined the steering, running gear and suspension, while the fitting of additional soundproofing and special Michelin tyres further enhances the driving experience.
Safety is a high priority, hence the standard fitting of six airbags along with ABS, EBD and ESP with traction control. Combined with the rigid bodyshell, these help to provide very high levels of occupant protection. To minimise pedestrian injury, the C-Crosser has been engineered to ensure that there is suitable cushioning between the panels and the internal structure, allowing them to deform easily on impact.
Citroen UK’s managing director Xavier Duchemin commented: “The C-Crosser will add a new dimension to the already diverse Citroen range and ensures that we have a vehicle to suit all our customer needs, whether it be an SUV, an executive saloon, a compact MPV or a supermini.”Published 29 July 2007