Citroën Previews Aircross SUV Concept Bound for Shanghai
Crossover Features “Singular, Pure, and Optimistic Personality,” or Something
Citroën showed the Aircross concept it will be bringing to the Shanghai Motor Show later this month, and it’s, um, real friendly.
Now, most press releases that accompany new concepts or production vehicles feature a significant amount of hyperbole, but the blast that accompanies the Aircross might be the most exaggerated example yet. Citroën claims that the Aircross is a “resolutely optimistic vehicle” that “casts off any sense of aggression in favor of a singular, optimistic personality.”
We’re not totally sure what that means, as the squinty headlights and sword-slash front grille certainly look aggressive, but the overall look to the Aircross is definitely interesting. The rear side windows are garnished with chrome, while the rest of the greenhouse is framed with black pillars, making for smooth, canopy-looking front glass and a wraparound backlight. The Aircross’ red-orange paint was chosen to symbolize energy and serenity, apparently.
The C4 Cactus–inspired bumps on the rocker panels look ready to deflect rocks or a runaway shopping cart, and the impractically large wheels fill the wheel arches very nicely. Spear-shaped roof rails will carry your snowboard, bicycle, or kayak in style, and when there’s nothing mounted up there, passengers get to gaze at the world above through a gigantic glass roof panel.
Those passengers will also be treated to two 12-inch HD screens, one of which is removable and can be passed between friends. Seat-mounted microphones and speakers encourage conversation between passengers, and the tri-tone orange, white, and black upholstery looks very hip and fun. Wide-opening doors grant access to the distinctive interior, designed “for relaxed mobility and a new traveling experience.”
Befitting any runabout targeted at upwardly mobile, active young people, the Aircross comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but Citroën didn’t release specifics of the (likely hypothetical) propulsion system. Since it’s a plug-in vehicle, we doubt it comes with the company’s unique compressed-air hybrid concept drivetrain seen in the C4 Cactus Airflow.
If the company decides to build the Airflow, don’t plan on seeing it in the United States. But the global market might have the opportunity to drive the Airflow in a few years’ time, and its evolutionary styling details will almost certainly make an appearance on the company’s next generation of crossovers.