Citroen C-XR Concept hits Beijing

A new contemporary take on the SUV, the concept previews the first SUV developed jointly between Citroen and the DongFeng Motor Group.

The Citroen C-XR Concept mixes a compact look with an assertive SUV stance. While its unconfirmed whether a production version of this car could hit European markets, it could inspire future products from Citroen for the UK market, much like the DS 6WR.

Bold design highlights of the C-XR include the wide chrome-finished grille that links the chevrons to the headlamps.

It also has LED daytime running lights that enhance the front light signature. Another highlight is the front optics featuring a double module and indicators.

The C-XR Concept also has a C-shaped side signature providing a visual link between the roof bars and a chrome-finished waistline. Also eye-catching on the C-XR concept is the 3D-effect rear lights combined with a chrome-finished dual tailpipe.

This concept also features a raised ground clearance with large 17-inch wheels shod with All Seasons tyres. Front and rear fairings and wheel arch embellishers complete the look that combines style and body protection. There are also red side decor and wing-mirror housings.

The C-XR Concept’s body length is limited to 4.26m for agility. With the longest wheelbase in the segment at 2.65m, the C-XR provides outstanding spaciousness, particularly noticeable for rear passengers.

Drivers are seated in a natural, saloon-style driving position with the raised ground clearance providing a commanding view of the road. A large glass panoramic roof also floods the cabin with soft, filtered light.

The Citroen C-XR Concept is fitted with Grip Control technology as standard. Combined with the All Seasons tyres, the system manages optimal traction of the wheels on all types of ground without resorting to a four-wheel-drive system. Such an approach when it comes to the powertrain is beneficial to reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The concept’s powertrain combines a 158bhp THP petrol engine with stop-start technology and a latest generation automatic gearbox that delivers enjoyable performance with reduced fuel consumption.

Weight reduction was also a key focus to help deliver improved handling for an SUV whilst increasing fuel and CO2 efficiency.