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The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV Is Built For Comfort

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The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV was first unveiled at the Shanghai auto show last year for the Chinese market. The thing is, the European market will get one as well and it will be fitted with what Citroen is calling the “progressive hydraulic cushions.”

This means that the Aircross will come with a pair of hydraulic stops on either side of the regular shock, spring, and mechanical stop setup. This will help with the compression and decompression, providing a comfort never before experienced in SUVs trying to be sportier rather than comfortable for its passengers.

You see, that’s the problem with many SUVs in the market these days. The segment has forgotten that it should provide comfort for its passengers rather than make itself look sporty and ready for the race track. Owning an SUV is more than just about going off-track. It’s about comfortable city driving.

The patented suspension setup will mean there’s “zero bouncing” from “major impacts” on the road, Citroen said. For additional comfort, you can also opt for the advanced comfort upholstery. This means 155mm-thick foam and loads of reinforcement. There’s also an 8-inch central tablet with voice recognition controls, connectivity buttons, wireless smartphone charging, and a connected camera.

There’s safety tech, too, aside from the level of comfort this SUV provides. The C5 Aircross will come with safety braking, departure warning, lane-keeping, adaptive cruise control, collision and coffee alerts, driver attention alerts and even traffic sign recognition.

As for the drivetrain, the C5 Aircross will have two petrols available: a 128bhp and a 177 bhp 1.6-liter four-pot. There are three diesel choices: two 128bhp and one 177bhp. There are reports that there will also be a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, but there’s no word yet on when that will be. Apparently, it will be able to run 37 miles in pure EV mode and would feature disruptive CO2 emissions.

2017 Citroën C3 Spotted On The Streets

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It has been three years since we saw the second-generation Citroën C3 get a minor facelift; and that was six three years after the vehicle entered the auto industry.

Finally, we’re seeing the new-generation C3 up and about on the road. Based on the heavily camouflaged new C3, it would have a small, aerodynamic lip as caused by the front fascia being recessed under the hood. The spy shots also show larger upper air inlet, reshaped rear quarter windows, all new exterior light units, and a revised rear fascia.

There are no photos yet of what the inside would look like, although it might just carry over the pretty impressive interior of the outgoing model. What we’re expecting is to see a similar steering wheel with accenting on the lower spoke plus a simplified center console.

Overall, the interior would most likely be changed for refinement rather than for replacement.

As for the drivetrain, the new C3’s options are well-guarded secrets. What we’re hoping to see is a wide range of engine options—3- to 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. The gasoline engine can produce a 68-horsepower 3-cylinder, 82-horseopower 3-cylinder, or a 110-horsepower 3-cylinder.

The turbodiesel will offer a 75-horsepower and 100-horsepower engines. The standard for all engines is the manual transmission, although an automatic transmission is also being offered in other models, depending on the case.

Pricing information isn’t available yet for the C3 since this is the first time the car has been completely upgraded in six years. We can estimate based on the current models. In the UK, the current model has a price tag of $15,353 for the entry-level model, and $24,062 for the top-ranging model.

If it wants to remain competitive, the Citroën C3 cannot raise prices too much. In this segment, the Citroën C3 will go against the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo.

Citroën Flaunts Off the New Wild Rubis Hybrid SUV Concept

French car maker Citroën has a new jewel in its pocket to show off to the world, and it is not stepping back from doing so already! The company is all set to unveil a beautiful new concept, the Wild Rubis at the Shanghai Motor Show, which is to be hosted on the 20th of April. However, the officials at Citroën apparently cannot seem to sit back and wait, as the car was spotted near a famous wine growing estate located in Saint-Emillion, France. The company’s official photographers were seen shooting videos and pictures. Citroën went ahead posted the pictures right before the Shanghai Motor Show.

From what appears from the pictures, the Wild Rubis seems to have taken its name from the very colour that it was pictured in. ‘Rubis’ is the French of ‘Ruby’. A purplish-red colour makes the resemblance to the colours of rubies more than just clear. A very interesting thing about this colour is that it seems to change drastically with the amount and intensity of light falling on the vehicle’s body.

Although Citroën didn’t hesitate in posting pictures showing the beautiful vehicle, they have kept all other information close to their chest and haven’t allowed it to leak at all. To further enhance the curiosity that they have induced, Citroën went ahed and released a statement that says that the Wild Rubis is a “subtle combination of power and refinement, packed with technological innovations.” As far as we know, the Wild Rubis will be featuring a pug-in hybrid system. It will be quite worthy to mention here that the company used a plug-in hybrid system in the Numero 9 concept that it unveiled last year. If the Wild Rubis is to feature a similar system, then be prepared to ride in a SUV which runs on a 300 horsepower combustion engine, hybridised with an electric motor. It must also be noted that the system was capable of thrusting the Numero 9 concept from rest to 62 miles per hour in a time interval of just 5.4 seconds. Also, it featured a beautiful all-wheel drive system. If the Wild Rubis Concept is to feature similar specifications, then we surely hope that it goes under production as soon as possible!

The Wild Rubis appears to be very close to the BMW X5 in size, and there is something about the SUV that might remind you of the Infiniti FX50. Further, you get full LED headlamps, which are known to be more than just stylish. Also, the rear tail lamps are fully enclosed by a hard chrome enclosure. Also, a very interesting thing to note here is that instead of featuring a “Citroën” logo in the front, the SUV features a beautiful “DS” logo. Sitting right in the centre of the aggressive front grill, the logo looks pretty stylish! We must say from what the pictures show us, the designing team at Citroën has indeed done a great job! Companies like Porsche, BMW and Audi must seriously be considering the Wild Rubis a great competition! And, they actually should!



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