Citroën has only just started delivering the revised C3 Aircross, and the successor is already making a name for itself. First pictures of a still well camouflaged one prototypes were made in India. It now seems clear that the new C2024 Aircross expected for 3 will evolve in the direction of the larger C5 Aircross. While the current small C3 Aircross is still a mixture of a small van and an urban SUV, from 2024 the trend will clearly be in the direction of an SUV. But, the new C3 Aircross isn't meant to be just any other small SUV. He should keep the typical Citroën cleverness.
Away from the minivan, towards the SUV
With the newly launched in 2017 C3 Aircross it was important for the brand not to lose the traditional customers of the C3 Picasso. Anyone who has traveled in the successful minivan should also feel welcome in the new Aircross. A polarizing balancing act emerged between a clever van and a small SUV. Contradictory, certainly not to everyone's taste, but still a typical small Citroën with its intelligent variability.
L'Automobile now shows a first graphic of what the small Aircross 2024 could look like. The brand with the double angle shrinks the big C5 Aircross and comes out with a little brother. That looks good on the graphics, Citroën would thus advance into a niche that the brand had not previously explored. There, where local rivals Renault have been doing best business with the for years Captur power.
C5 dare - but the variability remains
It should be the case that the new C3 should retain its variability, which has never been achieved before in this class, despite all the similarities with the large SUV. This would include the sliding and folding rear seat bench, which offers maximum flexibility in the smallest of spaces. L'Automobile therefore compares the new Citroën with the Skoda Yeti, which has long been out of production.
Its fans are still mourning big tears for the car that was sacrificed on the SUV altar and for its robustness and variability.
In contrast to the current model, the Citroën C3 Aircross (2024) will be offered as a mild hybrid with 48-volt technology and also with a purely electric drive. The latest contribution from Citroën then also provides the technical basis for the next generation of the Opel Crossland.
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