After several years out of the market, the new generation of the Citroën C3 Aircross has just been presented in Brazil, offering unprecedented solutions such as being the first compact SUV to offer capacity for seven people.
While its arrival in the Argentine market was scheduled for the end of this year, it will finally be launched at the end of March with two- and three-row versions.
Intended for the regional market, it is the second vehicle in what the French brand calls the C-Cubo project. The first had been the new C3, unveiled last year, and the third and final will be known at the end of 2024.
The new C3 Aircross is produced at the Porto Real Industrial Complex (RJ) on the same platform as the C3 and with 75% of components manufactured in the region.
The range will have two petrol engines: the well-known 1.6 with 115 hp and the unprecedented 1.0 turbo with 120 hp.
It was developed by a team of more than 400 people in South America, and has gone through thousands of hours in simulations and physical tests, as well as tours throughout the region that, collectively, exceed 1.2 million kilometers.
In addition to South America, it will also be marketed in Asia, coming from India.
The styling of this new SUV is part of the design language that was already noticed in the new C3, although in this case it is reinforced by lines and folds at the height of the fenders that give it an expression of a larger vehicle.
Digital instrument cluster and 10-inch multimedia display.
Specifically, the C3 Aircross measures 4.32 meters long, 1.79 meters wide and has a wheelbase of 2.67, a fairly large measurement for a compact model. Therein lies part of its secret to being able to accommodate three rows of seats.
The brand anticipates that the second row offers one of the widest spaces in the segment, allowing passengers to even cross their legs. The floor clearance is also generous: 233 mm.
For rear passengers, including in the third row, there are USB ports (five in total) and a unique ventilated diffuser system located in the headliner.
To increase the load capacity (493 dm3), the two third-row seats are individual and removable. In other words, you can use both, just one or remove them completely to gain cargo space. The brand explained that the extraction process is simple and each seat weighs 8 kilos.
The third row of the Citroën C3 Aircross has two individual, removable seats.
Another highlight of the interior is the new 7-inch digital instrument cluster, with up to six display settings and two color options.
In turn, the multimedia system is made up of a 10" screen with Android Auto and wireless Apple Carplay, with up to five USB connections.
In terms of mechanics, the range will be equipped with two petrol engines. The base and intermediate variants will have the well-known 1.6 of 115 hp, associated with a five-speed manual gearbox; while the top of the range, the new 200 hp Turbo 120 and seven-speed CVT automatic transmission.
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