Citroen has revealed a concept that is quite possibly brighter than the sun. The Aircross takes the essence of the C4 Cactus and injects it into the body of an off-roader.
‘Resolutely optimistic’ is the ethos behind the Aircross, which has been designed to avoid creating a feeling of aggression – and it does so with lots of colour, chunky protective plastic and a rainbow interior.
A few features separate the Aircross from your typical off-roader. For starters, the seats house microphones and speakers so communication is easier between all passengers. There are also two 12-inch HD screens, one of which can be moved so those in the back can see it.
The Instagram generation will appreciate not one but two webcams located on the door frames outside the car, which can take pictures of the surroundings for use on social networks. Cleverly, the webcams can also gather information on points of interest and help the Aircross navigate to them.
As befitting a car that wants to be positive, it has an eco-friendly hybrid powertrain comprised a 95bhp electric motor with 200Nm of torque and a 1.6-litre THP petrol that develops 218bhp and 275Nm, giving a maximum of 313bhp.
Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are 166mpg and 39g/km, respectively, while 0 to 62mph takes 4.5 seconds. That’s almost BMW M4 territory. In addition, it can go 31 miles without using a sip of fuel using the all-electric mode.
The concept was created to celebrate 50 million vehicle sales over Citroen’s 95-year history and will be publically unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show.
There are currently no plans to bring the Aircross to production, but we live in hope it follows in the footsteps of the C4 Cactus and its whacky Airbumps. Photo goodness awaits.