The new Citroen C4 Aircross is a jacked-up, SUV-styled version of the more traditional Citroen C4 hatchback and will go up against a host of new compact SUVs such as the forthcoming Vauxhall Mokka and Ford EcoSport.
However, the C4 Aircross is slightly bigger than both the Ford and Vauxhall models and is much closer to the likes of the Kia Sportage in size.
This means it is a spacious compact SUV with a 442-litre boot and room for adult passengers in the rear. At 4.34 metres long, the C4 Aircross is just 10mm longer than the hatchback but its SUV shape means the boot is 34 litres bigger.
The most dramatic departure from the C4 hatchback however, is the exterior and shape of the C4 Aircross. A raised ground height, more aggressive front end with LED running lights and a larger grille, more pronounced wheel arches and a panoramic windscreen and roof with rails distinguish the C4 Aircross from its smaller sibling.
Citroen will introduce new technology such as a ‘NaviDrive’ sat nav with touch screen, reversing camera and new diamond-effect wheel rims.
These are likely to be available on higher-spec version if at all on a production version of the Citroen C4 Aircross but Citroen has not announced prices or specification for the model yet.
Available in two- or four-wheel drive, the new Citroen C4 Aircross comes with a selection of petrol and diesel engines. The most frugal of the diesel engine in two-wheel drive form delivers 119g/km of CO2 emissions.
This means the Citroen C4 Aircross falls into Band B of UK road tax in this configuration and is subject to a charge of zero for the first year and £35 for subsequent years.
The new Citroen C4 Aircross will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show but its expected arrival date in UK Citroen dealerships has not been announced.