Citroen C3-XR officially updatedJanuary 18, 2019
Chinese media have published images from the presentation of the updated subcompact SUV Citroen C3-XR, designed for the local market. The car received a retouched design in the spirit of senior brand crossovers and trimmed motor range.
We published the first photos of the restyled Citroen C3-XR back in September last year, but now, when the official presentation of the novelty was held, our Chinese colleagues clicked on new, better pictures, and, finally, we had the opportunity to look into the interior of the car. There are even more changes in it than in the exterior: a completely new front panel flaunts dual vents of the ventilation system with chrome-plated rims, the central tunnel and the gear lever are newly decorated, a new multimedia system with a larger touch screen has appeared, although on the anniversary version 25 released in In 2017, on the occasion of the quarter-century anniversary of cooperation between Dongfeng and PSA, there was a giant vertically oriented “television like Tesla’s”. The two-tone upholstery with leather inserts makes the interior of the younger SUV even more similar to the “bowels” of older, but more recent in design and design of the brothers – the C4 Aircross and C5 Aircross crossovers.
So that the C3-XR would not take away customers from their relatives, the motor range was cut off: the 167-horsepower 1.6-liter petrol turbo engine was no longer available to the younger SUV, and the capacity of the 1.2-liter “pipe unit” was reduced from 136 to 116 hp The basic version is still equipped with a 1.6-liter engine power of 117 hp. Gearboxes – 5-speed manual or 6-speed hydromechanical automatic transmission Aisin. The drive, of course, is only front, but in expensive models the little car has an advanced multi-mode (the desired mode is selected using a washer) Grip Control thrust control system, which improves patency on the so-called off-road.
Prices and configuration will be announced closer to the start of sales, which is scheduled for March of this year.
Citroen C3-XR was developed specifically for the Chinese market on the PF1 platform and debuted at the end of 2014. The model enjoyed good demand: for example, in 2016, the SUV found 73,461 customers, but in 2017, demand fell to 24,555 units – competition in the segment painfully increased. There are no complete data for 2018, but the results of the first three quarters do not inspire optimism: the C3-XR sold 14 14,119 copies. Against the background of China’s multi-million dollar market, these are crumbs, but the fact is that the market is now falling: according to preliminary data, the cumulative sales of new cars in 2018 were 23.7 million units, 4.1% less than in 2017- m Nevertheless, Citroen decided to keep the C3-XR for China. Beyond it, a nice and inexpensive SUV, alas, will never roll out.
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