Citroen’s C3-XR small SUV for the Chinese market has been officially unveiled, ahead of its sales-debut in December.
The thinly-veiled concept was basically production-ready as it stood on the motor show stand, with its now ‘official’ appearance showing few changes from the concept and surprising no one.
Leaked images in August also confirmed the rapid transition from concept to production.
What may be a surprise however, is Citroen’s decision to sell the C3-XR in China - and nowhere else.
The French carmaker makes no secret of the importance of China to its bottom line, saying more than 25 percent of its total global sales come from the Chinese market.
Power for the C3-XR will come from Citroen’s 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 118kW, matched exclusively with a six-speed automatic.
The engine gets stop/start fuel-saving technology, and the C3-XR will only be available in front-wheel-drive from launch.
Other features include internet connectivity, keyless entry, keyless starting and a reversing camera.
Citroen faces stiff competition for its C3-XR in the booming compact SUV market, with a raft of new models joining the segment in various markets over the last two years.
We’re not expecting to see the C3-XR competing in the Australian small SUV market however, with the larger C4 Aircross (also available in all-wheel-drive) currently flying the Citroen flag.