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TMR Team | Jun 13, 2017

Citroen has opened another campaign in its SUV offensive with the unveiling overseas of the new C3 Aircross.

The French carmaker is focusing on building up its SUV armada as sales in the segment boom around the world, and the C3 becomes the second Aircross model to emerge this year following on from the C5 Aircross.

The C3 Aircross was previewed by the C-Aircross concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and stays relatively true to the concept's form.

Citroen has brought its own brand of unique styling to the C3 Aircross, and is similar to that seen on the previously revealed C5 Aircross SUV and C3 hatch. However, the ingenious but polarisingly-styled 'airbump' door panels have been left off.

As most new Citroens do, the C3 Aircross will certainly turn heads with its two-for-one styling theme that includes a double chrome bar running through the Citroen badge, double front grille and two-tier headlights.

And like most of Citroen's new SUVs, the C3 will offer up to 90 customisable exterior colour combinations with an array of body, roof and highlight colours on offer.

In Europe, the C3 Aircross will be offered with a range of diesel and petrol offerings, but Australia is most likely to see just one of each, much like the current C4 Cactus line-up.

Compared to other smal SUVs like the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR, the C3 Aircross is shorter in length by about 150-250mm but is taller than both by at least 100mm while maintaining the same wheelbase. This should translate to better than average interior space for the Gallic SUV.

Citroen has loaded up its baby SUV with a range of safety tech including autonomous emergency braking, reversing camera with rear parking sensors, park assist, head-up display, lane departure warning, blindspot warning, auto highbeams, speed sign recognition, driver attention alert and a coffee break alert which informs drivers that they should pull over if they have been going for more than two hours at speeds over 70km/h.

Equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, the Aircross is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and also comes with a wireless device charging pad.

On the lavish side, Citroen has also included a large glazed panoramic sunroof that measures nearly one metre long.

It is unclear whether the C3 Aircross will be offered in Australia with the brand being in a sales malaise coupled with the local distrubtion rights currently in the process of changing hands. But with the current popularity of SUVs, the funky styled C3 Aircross could be a shot of vitamin C to ward off the sales cold.

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