Visitors to the Citroen stand at this year’s British International Motor Show will be able to view the remarkable four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer C-Crosser concept car, offering an extreme idea of how a Citroen sports utility vehicle of the future could look.
With its ability to morph from a spacious six seat sports utility vehicle into a semi-roadster and then into a pick-up, the Citroen C-Crosser takes some of its design cues from its production stablemate, the C3 Pluriel.
For maximum convenience, the Citroen C-Crosser’s electrically operated glass roof and tailgate stow away neatly under the rear floor to create a semi-roadster, whilst the rear seats can be folded flat to create a level load area, ideal for the pick-up mode.
Wider than most conventional vehicles, the C-Crosser is only slightly longer than the Xsara hatchback yet offers remarkable levels of space, while the large glass windscreen that extends back over the heads of the front seat occupants ensures that the cabin boasts a light and airy feel.
Thanks to drive-by-wire technology, the C-Crosser does away with the need for a steering column and pedals, reducing the risk of injury in the event of an impact. The steering control unit, which can be moved to allow the driver to sit in any of the front three seats, is then used to operate the accelerator, brakes and gearchange.
Citroen’s unique Hydractive 3 suspension, with its variable ride height, comes into its own over rough terrain, allowing C-Crosser to automatically increase its ground clearance. Easy access to the rear is helped not only by the vehicle’s variable height, but also thanks to the two rear side sliding doors.
Equipped with a 2.0 HPi direct injection petrol engine, ESP and ABS brakes, the four- wheel drive Citroen C-Crosser is equally adept on and off the road. In addition, electronic control of the speed sensitive hydraulic four-wheel steering, with as little as 2/3 turn from lock to lock, ensures responsive handling at both high and low speeds.Published 4 October 2002