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PostHeaderIcon Citroen C3 R5 Gears Up for First Public Outing

Things are looking for World Rally Championship (WRC) season 2018 judging by the cars set to compete in it. We saw the first shot of the new Polo WRC a few days ago, and now in a few days we will get to see this bad boy in action, the new Citroen C3 R5. It looks pretty good. Pretty, pretty, pretty good!

Set to replace last season’s champion, the D3 R5, the new Citroen C3 R5 has been under constant testing since September. The team has put the new rally car through a battery of tough evaluations on tarmac and gravel. The test drivers Stéphane Lefebvre, Craig Breen and Yoann Bonato have already racked up over 4,000km in testing in the C3, giving it a big thumbs up after every session. Now the car is all set forits first public appearance during the Rallye du Var, the final round of the French Championship, on 23-26 November.

Citroen C3 R5 will be one of the ‘zero’ cars at the event, meaning it has a number ‘0’ on its door which indicates it is not racing competitively. It would be a good laugh if the non-FIA homologous car actually win the rally. It would make this guy, who’s not yet left the womb, pretty worried:

The VW Polo R5 GTI is shaping up to be a serious WRC contender, already trash talking the competition with its big numbers and swollen arches. What’s more important, perhaps, than who wins the races is how these rally cars will affect the market of the road-going models they are based on. Looks-wise, we have to say we’d rather have the hot hatch fruit of the C3’s loins. But performance-wise, I don’t know, it’s hard to ignore how good that Polo GTI is.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus Is an Ultra-Comfortable Hatchback

That is what Citroen calls the latest version of its quirky C4 Cactus. The hatchback has received a major overhaul for the new year, including high-tech suspension and revised styling details. Rest assured, the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus is going to stand out in its segment like the Chinese kid in the Jolie-Pitt family. 

The suspension system which the French auto maker claims makes 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus the most comfortable car in its class is a Progressive Hydraulic Cushion affair with secondary hydraulic dampers. They deliver a sort of ‘magic carpet ride’ which isn’t perfect, at least it wasn’t on the previous versions of the car, but is considerably better than the standards of the hatchback class. And that’s on its own is enough reason to consider the Cactus. A nice and smooth ride is something car makers don’t really care about with their smaller models.

But PHC is not the only comfort feature of 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus. The hatchback comes with new, thicker foam for the seats which are ideal for longer drives. One fears one might fall sleep behind the wheel of the Cactus, what with these seats and that suspension. Visually, the new model does away with prominent Airbumps – thank heavens for that – and instead introduces a couple of discreet ones on the side sills. So you still get the rugged look and the protection, but your car doesn’t look like it has a tropical disease. Another highlights of the 2018 Cactus C4 is the addition of a 128 bhp three-cyinder PureTech with peppy performance.







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PostHeaderIcon DS E-Tense Makes UK Debut Inside Shopping Center

In what can be described as an all-in-one publicity package, Citroen’s sub-brand DS took over a shopping center in Westfield, London. The The venue was DS Urban Store, the reason was to let the DS E-Tense concept to roam free, and the man driving the concept was DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird.

And just to milk the occasion fully, they also brought out the DS7 Crossback SUV for a guest appearance. It all made for a spectacular clip in which Sam Bird went joyriding inside the shopping center in the spectacularly stunning high-performance electric GT, the DS E-Tense. To be fair though, he could have driven the E-Tense inside the center during the day since it’s a silent, zero-emission EV. But then again, the silent operation would probably have caused problem with the shoppers it would inevitably run over!

The magnificent DS E-Tens is powered by a 402 horsepower and 516 Nm electric motor and features cues from Citroen’s most iconic cars in its design. The EV also features an exclusive metallic green ametrine body and LED vision headlights.










Paul Buttigieg, Westfield’s Director of Operations, says: “We like to go the extra mile for our partners to help them create innovative content to drive awareness and sales. Giving a leading racing driver the green light to take a spin inside one of our centres was a real first but having built such a positive relationship with DS Automobiles over the past few years we wanted to help them create a standout moment to mark the UK debut of the DS E-TENSE.”

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PostHeaderIcon Citroen SpaceTourer Rip Curl Concept – IAA 2017

Citroen’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) lineup includes a cool and funky camper van. Arriving in concept form, the Citroen SpaceTourer Rip Curl apparently symbolizes “fun without limits.” What that implies is open to interpretation, but as a camper van it doesn’t seem quite as excellent as the VW California XXL.

Still, Citroen SpaceTourer Rip Curl Concept is only a fun project the French automaker has done with the sporting equipment brand. It has no immediate production value. That said, they have been quite serious about making it look so. The van features 4×4 conversion by Automobiles Dangel and boasts a full motorhome environment thanks to special interior and exterior appointments. The goal here has been to offer an all-in-one package to outdoor adventure seekers. So the SpaceTourer is spacious and robust, easy to use and practical. And yes, it does have a pop-up roof. But like we said it ain’t non XXL.

Citroen SpaceTourer Rip Curl will be travelling across Europe with the Rip Curl team as part of the “Rip Curl Tour by Citroën” initiative, between October 2017 and January 2018. What will happen to it after that in terms of production is not clear yet. Citroen has in the past offered limited editions of their popular concepts, so seeing this thing out in the real world is not entirely out of the question yet.



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PostHeaderIcon Citroen C3 Aircross

One look at the current automotive landscape is all you need to see the incredible popularity of the crossover and SUV bodystyle. Not only is the high-riding, off-roader-esque style widespread in the U.S, but it’s gaining steam overseas as well. Taking advantage of the upwards trend is French automaker Citroen, which is reinvigorating its C3 nameplate with a new, next-gen crossover dubbed the C3 Aircross. Packing loads of customization options, a host of modern interior technology, and a wide selection of efficient gas and diesel powerplants, the C3 hopes to bring Citroen that sweet jacked-up hatchback success in a variety of markets across the world (minus the States, of course).

Framed as a “people-minded” crossover “inspired by customer expectations,” the new C3 Aircross follows in the footsteps of the Citroen C3 Aircross Concept revealed in April at the Shanghai Auto Show, while also drawing inspiration from the C-Aircross concept that dropped at the Geneva Motor Show. Now, following an official debut at the Paris Motor Show, we have a ton of info on the new production-ready Citroen C3 Aircross. Read on for all the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Citroen C3 Aircross

One look at the current automotive landscape is all you need to see the incredible popularity of the crossover and SUV bodystyle. Not only is the high-riding, off-roader-esque style widespread in the U.S, but it’s gaining steam overseas as well. Taking advantage of the upwards trend is French automaker Citroen, which is reinvigorating its C3 nameplate with a new, next-gen crossover dubbed the C3 Aircross. Packing loads of customization options, a host of modern interior technology, and a wide selection of efficient gas and diesel powerplants, the C3 hopes to bring Citroen that sweet jacked-up hatchback success in a variety of markets across the world (minus the States, of course).

Framed as a “people-minded” crossover “inspired by customer expectations,” the new C3 Aircross follows in the footsteps of the Citroen C3 Aircross Concept revealed in April at the Shanghai Auto Show, while also drawing inspiration from the C-Aircross concept that dropped at the Geneva Motor Show. Now, following an official debut at the Paris Motor Show, we have a ton of info on the new production-ready Citroen C3 Aircross. Read on for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Citroen C3 Aircross.

PostHeaderIcon New Citroen C3 Aircross UK Pricing Revealed

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If you have been captivated with the new Citroen C3 Aircross compact SUV since the first time you laid eyes upon it, we have good news. The quirky crossover is all set for market launch in Blighty on November 1, starting form just £13,995 on the road.

As if the unusual looks of the Citroen C3 Aircross were not enough to cause a bit of a stir in this segment, the company has given this crossover 85 personalisation combinations which, among other things, will definitely make you dizzy just looking at the options list. How in the world are you going to decide your favorite combo from 85 possibilities and not doubt your choice five minutes later?

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At any rate, Citroen C3 Aircross also comes with some juicy tech features, depending on the trim, such as Wireless Smartphone Charging and Grip Control with Hill Descent Assist, voice controlled 3D navigation, keyless entry and start, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. You also get Citroen-like comfort and space with one example being the 520 liter boot space. The list of trim levels and available engines are as follows…

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Model range and pricing

TRIM ENGINE CO2 (g/km) MRRP OTR
Touch PureTech 82 manual 116 £13,995.00
Feel PureTech 82 manual 116 £15,100.00
PureTech 110 S&S manual 115 £16,200.00
PureTech 110 S&S EAT6 126 £17,400.00
PureTech 130 S&S manual 119 £16,600.00
BlueHDi 100 manual 104 £17,220.00
BlueHDi 120 S&S manual 107 £17,920.00
Flair PureTech 82 manual 116 £16,900.00
PureTech 110 S&S manual 115 £18,000.00
PureTech 110 S&S EAT6 126 £19,200.00
PureTech 130 S&S manual 119 £18,400.00
BlueHDi 100 manual 104 £19,020.00
BlueHDi 120 S&S manual 107 £19,720.00

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PostHeaderIcon New Citroen C3 Aircross UK Pricing Revealed

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If you have been captivated with the new Citroen C3 Aircross compact SUV since the first time you laid eyes upon it, we have good news. The quirky crossover is all set for market launch in Blighty on November 1, starting form just £13,995 on the road.

As if the unusual looks of the Citroen C3 Aircross were not enough to cause a bit of a stir in this segment, the company has given this crossover 85 personalisation combinations which, among other things, will definitely make you dizzy just looking at the options list. How in the world are you going to decide your favorite combo from 85 possibilities and not doubt your choice five minutes later?

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At any rate, Citroen C3 Aircross also comes with some juicy tech features, depending on the trim, such as Wireless Smartphone Charging and Grip Control with Hill Descent Assist, voice controlled 3D navigation, keyless entry and start, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. You also get Citroen-like comfort and space with one example being the 520 liter boot space. The list of trim levels and available engines are as follows…

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Model range and pricing

TRIM ENGINE CO2 (g/km) MRRP OTR
Touch PureTech 82 manual 116 £13,995.00
Feel PureTech 82 manual 116 £15,100.00
PureTech 110 S&S manual 115 £16,200.00
PureTech 110 S&S EAT6 126 £17,400.00
PureTech 130 S&S manual 119 £16,600.00
BlueHDi 100 manual 104 £17,220.00
BlueHDi 120 S&S manual 107 £17,920.00
Flair PureTech 82 manual 116 £16,900.00
PureTech 110 S&S manual 115 £18,000.00
PureTech 110 S&S EAT6 126 £19,200.00
PureTech 130 S&S manual 119 £18,400.00
BlueHDi 100 manual 104 £19,020.00
BlueHDi 120 S&S manual 107 £19,720.00

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PostHeaderIcon DS 7 Crossback La Première – UK Pricing

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Citroen announced the pricing for the ‘launch’ edition of the new DS 7 Crossback which goes on sale in the UK with two power units, one petrol, one diesel, both starting at £42,650. The launch version is called the DS 7 Crossback La Première and it comes with a number of exclusive features. 

If we cut to the chase, the DS 7 Crossback La Première is set apart from regular model by virtue of its special colors, Cumulus Grey metallic, Pearl White or Perla Nera Black pearlescent contrasting with a unique Nappa leather upholstery in a shade called Art Rubis. The crossover also comes with refined watchstrap leather design on the seats  accentuated by pearl top-stitching, and Nappa leather features with patina effect.There is also an exclusive B.R.M R180 timepiece and protective floor mats with La Première identity.

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As for features and options, you get DS ACTIVE LED VISION, Hypnotic 3D rear lights and two 12-inch instrumentation screens with an innovative interface, DS CONNECTED PILOT with Active Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist, DS NIGHT VISION, and DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION. You can further kit-up your DS 7 with DS Night Vision Pack: £1,300, Electric opening panoramic sunroof with LED lighting: £1,000, FOCAL Electra HiFi system with 14 speakers and perfected audio experience: £990, DS Urban Pack (Park Pilot and 360 Vision): £600, DS ConnectedCAM: £350, Extended bi-zone automatic air conditioning: £200, and DS Sensorial Drive (Cashmere or Titanium modes): £150.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018

SUVs and crossovers are still gaining traction on the market, and it’s no surprise that more and more automakers are rolling out such products. Citroen is one of them, and it just launched the C5 Aircross at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Bigger than the upcoming C3 crossover (as the name itself suggest), the C5 Aircross is based on the same EMP2 architecture as the Peugeot 3008, DS 7 Crossback, and Vauxhall Grandland X. Set to go on sale in China this year and in Europe in 2018, the C5 Aircross is aimed at products such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, and Mazda CX-5. The Aircross’ styling is based on Citroen’s latest design language.

Up front, we have the traditional Chevron grille and two distinct pairs of headlamps. There are thin daytime running lights above, and the more conventional headlamps below, both using LED technology. The sides are as traditional as they get with crossovers, while the rear section showcases large LED taillights and a rather steep tailgate. Inside, the Aircross aims at the premium market. There’s a 12.3-inch screen instead of the conventional instrument cluster dials, while the eight-inch screen in the center stack provides access to the infotainment and navigation systems. The crossover also comes with a comprehensive safety package, the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension, and adaptive cruise control. Motivation comes from four-cylinder engines rated at anywhere between 165 and 200 horsepower, but a hybrid drivetrain with a total output of 300 horses will be introduced later on. This gasoline-electric combo will make the C5 Aircross the first Citroen to feature plug-in hybrid technology.

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PostHeaderIcon Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018

SUVs and crossovers are still gaining traction on the market, and it’s no surprise that more and more automakers are rolling out such products. Citroen is one of them, and it just launched the C5 Aircross at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Bigger than the upcoming C3 crossover (as the name itself suggest), the C5 Aircross is based on the same EMP2 architecture as the Peugeot 3008, DS 7 Crossback, and Vauxhall Grandland X. Set to go on sale in China this year and in Europe in 2018, the C5 Aircross is aimed at products such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, and Mazda CX-5. The Aircross’ styling is based on Citroen’s latest design language.

Up front, we have the traditional Chevron grille and two distinct pairs of headlamps. There are thin daytime running lights above, and the more conventional headlamps below, both using LED technology. The sides are as traditional as they get with crossovers, while the rear section showcases large LED taillights and a rather steep tailgate. Inside, the Aircross aims at the premium market. There’s a 12.3-inch screen instead of the conventional instrument cluster dials, while the eight-inch screen in the center stack provides access to the infotainment and navigation systems. The crossover also comes with a comprehensive safety package, the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension, and adaptive cruise control. Motivation comes from four-cylinder engines rated at anywhere between 165 and 200 horsepower, but a hybrid drivetrain with a total output of 300 horses will be introduced later on. This gasoline-electric combo will make the C5 Aircross the first Citroen to feature plug-in hybrid technology.

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PostHeaderIcon New Citroen C5 Aircross Unveiled in Shanghai

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At the start of the 2017 Shanghai Motor show Citroen went live with the launch of a new Aircross series SUV.The 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross sits atop the Cactus in the range, offering lager size and a more imposing, but no less quirky, design and premium features. 

As you may have guessed seeing this car making debut in China, Citroen C5 Aircross will be released first in the market in October. Europe and the rest of the world will have to wait till the second quarter of 2018 to get this bad boy.

True to its traditions and values as the maker of slightly crazy but amazingly comfortable cars, Citroen has given the new C5 Aircross the latest application of their Advance Comfort systems featuring a revolutionary new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. That is comfortable to read, let alone to ride. The SUV puts an emphasis on the interior, which plays a major part in making the Aricross one of the most comfortable cars out there, with its ‘people-minded’ design and features. You get a 2.73m wheelbase which means ample space, and you get gadgets like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch HD touchscreen.

Citroen C5 Aircross is also packed with safety gear, including Active Safety Brake, Active Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop Function. The car even features Grip Control and Hill Assist Descent Control to help you enjoy an off-road adventure in complete safety. New C5 Aircross will also be the first Citroën available with PHEV Plug-In Hybrid technology. So fair to say you are well-covered tech-wise. You just need to decide if you can live with that funky body with its 3D face and bumpy panels.

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PostHeaderIcon DS 7 Crossback

Citroën has been around since 1919, but its premium sub-brand, DS Automobiles has only been around since its announcement back in 2009 – making the brand just shy of a decade old. Since then, the brand has released a few concepts and no fewer than six individual models that include the DS 3, DS 6, two iterations of the DS 4, and two iterations of the DS 5. Now with the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, the DS brand is set to release a new SUV, aptly called the DS7.

It will fight against models like the Lexus NX, Audi Q2, and even the BMW X1 – a tall order, but not exactly unfathomable given the looks, luxury, and comfort offered by the brand’s newest SUV… uhem… Crossback. Designed with comfort and performance in mind, the DS 7 features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that delivers some 300 ponies through all four wheels when needed. Features like DS Night Vision, DS Active Scan Suspension, DS Connected Pilot, and a pair of 12-inch screens inside are present – all of which poses a strong proposition for the competition.

There are even rumors that this newest model could, in fact, bring the Citroën brand – or at least some derivative of it – back to the U.S. for the first time in nearly three decades. Of course, word has it that its initial reentry will be trough a company called TravelCar which would help the brand introduce its newest models to the U.S. market as rental or ride-share vehicles. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves and get too excited, that’s still some time away, and the DS7 is still headed to Geneva Motor Show. So, let’s take a better look at DS’ newest SUV and talk more about it.

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PostHeaderIcon Citroen C-Aircross Concept

Just like its production models, French automaker Citroen is known for producing odd, yet oddly likable concept cars. Merging obvious production vehicle allusions and never-gonna-happen design study gloss, the concepts are usually a mixed bag, but almost always eye-catching. Such is the case with the latest C-Aircross Concept, which was just revealed ahead of its in-the-metal debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show next month. Following on the heels of Citroen’s Aircross Concept revealed back in 2015, the latest Aircross is a compact crossover that previews an upcoming production version of the crossover destined to replace the current C3 Picasso MPV. Clearly, Citroen is far more interested in SUVs, and as such, the production variant of this concept will offer the same softroader cues, including a tall body style, large wheels, flared fenders, and space in the back for things. The C-Aircross Concept also promises new interior tech and interior design, with a cabin space that’s just as wild, if not wilder, than the exterior.

And why not? Crossovers and SUVs continue to surge in popularity in a variety of markets, so the transition from MPV to SUV makes a lot of sense for the brand, especially with a (relatively) fresh design for the exterior panels and interior space.

Linda Jackson, Citroen’s CEO, had this to say – “The C-Aircross Concept demonstrates Citroen’s pursuit of its international product offensive. Based on the state-of-mind of New C3, it illustrates a different vision for the compact SUV segment, full of confidence and boldness.”

Although Citroen has expressed interest in tackling the U.S. market sometime in the future, the production variant of this concept will almost certainly not make it stateside. That said, interested European customers will likely get an eyeful with a debut sometime this fall, while an on-sale date will likely follow before the end of the year.

So then – what’s this thing really previewing, and what will actually make it to production? Read on to find out all the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Citroën SpaceTourer 4×4 Ë Concept

For the second straight year, Citroen’s participation at the Geneva Motor Show involves a concept vehicle that showcases the sportier and more aggressive side of the otherwise mild-mannered demeanor of a van, or SpaceTourer, as Citroen likes to call them. Last year, it was the SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept that was prominently featured in the French automaker’s stand. This year, it’s the SpaceTourer 4×4 Ë Concept’s turn under the Geneva spotlight, and like most concept’s go, it’s promising out-of-the-box features, at least when you compare it to what vans are supposed to be.

In a nutshell, the SpaceTourer 4×4 Ë Concept is an adventurous take of the French automaker’s resident mid-sized MPV. It may look the part of the SpaceTourer, but deep inside lies an identity that we usually don’t associate with vehicles of its ilk. Suffice to say, the SpaceTourer 4×4 Ë Concept is designed to be rough and rugged, equally capable of being a weekend family car and an adventure-seeking, all-terrain rough-rider. It certainly helps too, that Citroen is also presenting the SpaceTourer 4×4 Ë Concept with a packet full of features and technologies, not to mention a distinct look that helps elevate the concept’s outdoors-leaning personality.

The new SpaceTourer concept is all set to be presented in Geneva as part of Citroen’s new “Ë” lifestyle range. It may not be the flashiest concept we’ll see in the show – MPVs never are – but it’s certainly one that we need to keep a close eye on, if only for the possibility that we might end up getting a production version in the near future. That may not be a foregone conclusion, but we know what happens to concepts that are well received in Geneva.

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PostHeaderIcon Citroen C-Aircross Concept Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut

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The world of compact SUVs is full to the brim with various brands and options, but crucially they all look pretty much the same. Now though there is a new player in this segment which looks refreshingly different. It’s the new Citroen C-Aircross Concept and it previews what an extremely French crossover would look like if they decided to make it.

Design-wise, Citroen C-Aircross Concept is very hard to mistake for anything but a Citroen. It is strongly influenced by the car maker’s current lineup, especially the new C3, and it has the overall look and feel of the Aircross series to it which a lot of people don’t like. Then again, this is still a concept and it can get away with boasting features such as rear-hinged doors at the back. That said, features like quilt-effect seats, large windows and panoramic roof could make it into the production version. Other Citoren-y highlights include a colour head-up display, a single spoke steering wheel with intuitive controls, rear facing cameras and wireless induction charging for smartphones.

Citroen C-Aircross Concept, as befits a car from this unique brand, puts a premium on comfort and peace of mind. It begins with a light and cozy interior with comfy seats, and continues with Advanced Comfort features such ergonomically placed buttons and easy to use technology features including Connect Nav, a 3D connected navigation system with voice recognition. The concept also features Citroen’s Grip Control dial which enables different driving mode for the crossover including Standard, Snow, Sand, Off-road and ESP Off which allows the driver to deactivate the ESP (active up to 50km/h or 31mph).

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PostHeaderIcon DS Sports Car Concept Could Get A Production Future

With so many concept debuts happening in any given year in the automotive world, it’s hard to keep track of all these prototypes. There are a few though that stick in our heads, either because of their dramatic good looks or their impressive performance credentials. Then there are those that hit us squarely on both spots and these are the concepts that we actually look forward to seeing production guise. The DS E-Tense Concept from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show counts as one of these concepts and according to Autocar, we might end up seeing a production version of the electric supercar a lot sooner than we had hoped for.

Apparently, DS, the luxury division of the PSA Group that was born out of French automaker Citroen has filed a trademark for the E-Tense name, a sign that the automaker has bigger plans for the concept that stole the show in Geneva last year. Granted, filing a trademark doesn’t automatically mean that the name in question will be used in production form. We’ve seen automakers file trademarks in the past before, only to not do anything with them.

But there are reasons to believe that DS has plans to use the E-Tense name in the future. For one, PSA boss Carlos Tavares has made his opinions clear of a performance car acting as a halo model for DS. The man thinks that there’s enormous potential for the car if it does end up going to production. The French auto giant even took the E-Tense Concept out on the streets of Paris shortly after its debut in Geneva to gauge public reaction for the car. Then there’s the fact that despite being labeled as a concept, DS actually built the model to production car standards, allowing it to be used as technology demonstrator to showcase all of its wares in real-world settings.

Read the tea leaves and there is cause to be optimistic about the E-Tense Concept’s chance of making it to production. Just don’t expect it to happen right away because the priority within the DS brand is to introduce an SUV to the market by 2018. That’s the more pressing concern at the moment. Once the SUV is out though, look for the buzz surrounding the E-Tense Concept to pick up once again.

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PostHeaderIcon Citroen Highlights Its Future With Cxperience Concept

Citroen has been making headlines with its wild-looking vehicles since the 1950s, and although most of its current production models aren’t very innovative when it comes to styling, its modern concept cars are as wild as they get. The Cxperience concept, which was just unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, falls in the same category.

Inspired by the “high-tech world on the outside and the furnishings/travel on the inside,” the Cxperience is Citroen’s take on the hatchback of the future. But, don’t let the tailgate fool you, this vehicle is nearly five meters long, which makes it larger than any of the company’s production models for the European market (and second to only the China-spec C6).

Could it preview a new flagship model? Anything is possible really, but until we find out more about that, we’re looking at a concept car whose mission is to amaze. And it does a very good job thanks to its futuristic design, concave rear window, rear-hinged doors, and active aerodynamics. Up front, it has V-shaped headlamps with one LED strip extending toward the wheel arches, and the other one toward the bumper. The light signature is unique to the Cxperience and may preview a look that Citroen will adopt in the near future. Three more directional LED headlamps are mounted into massive cutouts in the bumper, above the mobile flaps designed to open and close depending on how much air the drivetrain needs.

The rear end was designed in a similar fashion and sports beefy wheel arches, V-shaped taillights with LED strips and slim indicators with clear covers in the middle. The taillights and part of the bumper are integrated into massive, triangular cutouts that mimic those seen in the front.

The interior is a mix of flowing design lines, clean features, and premium materials. The wooden dashboard features a tubular cutout that become wider toward the door panels, while the steering wheel, center stack, and instrument cluster look clean and simple. The seats are upholstered in a flashy Citrus Yellow fabric, as is the dashboard cutout, the door panels, and the center console. The massive, 19-inch, 16/3 format touchscreen groups all the on-board functions, including air conditioning, driving aids, navigation and media sources. The car also features a range of connected services, enabling the driver to open the gate or garage door from a distance or receive home deliveries. The center console houses a dedicated smartphone stand with inductive recharging.

As you’d expect from a 21st century concept car, the Cxperience gets its juice from a hybrid drivetrain. The unnamed gasoline engine generates “between 150 and 200” horsepower, while the electric motor adds “up to 80 kW” (107 horsepower) of additional energy. Total output is estimated at 300 horsepower, while the all-electric range is rated at 60 km (about 37 miles).

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PostHeaderIcon Citroen Launches Digital Museum to Showcase its Heritage

In a world where technology is taking over, everything is going digital these days. The most recent example of this is the online heritage museum that Citroen has just launched. Cleverly called “Citroen Origins,” the new website offers a unique take on looking back at historical models without ever leaving the comforts of your home. Currently, the online display only includes 49 of the brand’s previous models, with cars like the Citroen DS and SM left out in the cold, but that’s okay because there are some pretty cool features outside of viewing static pictures of Citroen’s past.

To start off, the website is interaction. Once you click on a model, you’re greeted with a zoomed in image of the exterior as well as some basic specs. You can do a full view of the exterior of the car, and if you scroll down, you can read more about it. On the right, there’s a toggle switch that allows you to switch over to an inside view. Once inside the model of your choice, you can drag the screen in any direction to get a full view of the interior – talk about a cool feature. On top of all of this, there are also other things you can play with. You can hit a button to hear the engine start and rev up, and some will even let you hear things like the blinkers functioning.

There’s also music playing in the background that is based on the model of your choice. Older models are backed by music of the era, while newer models get jazzier and more era-relevant music. There are at least two downsides to the site, however. First, all wording on the site is in French, and so far, there is no ability to translate. The second downfall is that there doesn’t appear to be a way to mute the music. For now, the list is somewhat limited, but it appears as if Citroen is planning to add additional models in the future. It’s set up with a slide bar that reads from 1919 all the way to 2016, so it’s safe to assume that Citroen will probably display its whole lineup eventually.

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PostHeaderIcon Citroën C3

It’s been six years since Citroën debuted the second-generation C3 and three years since the car’s last facelift. Now, Citroën is kicking off the 2017 model year with a redesigned C3, and let me just say that it is a huge departure from the outgoing model. The front end has been completely redesigned; the side panels now include Airbump panels like we’ve seen previously on the C3 Cactus, and the new generation brings a new range of personalization options previously unavailable to the C3. Furthermore, there is some new technology to talk about, and Citroën has even gone so far as to add in the option of four different interior themes. In the power department, there is are three gasoline-powered engines and two diesel-powered mills to choose from, making this a versatile option in the world of compacts.

After seeing the spy shots, we really didn’t expect the C3 to change all that much but, upon first glance, the three-year wait from the last facelift is well worth it. Furthermore, this thing actually comes with its own built-in dashcam, which is something that you don’t generally find in a new car – at least not that I can recall anyway. The most interesting thing about this debut is that it was just earlier this month that we caught the C3 testing under heavy camo, and we certainly didn’t expect to see the sheet pulled off the car so soon. With that said, let’s quit wasting time and take a good look at what Citroën is bringing to the table with the all-new C3.

Updated 06/29/2016: Citroën dropped the official details on the new C3.

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