New Citroen C4 AIRCROSS: PSA's Second Take on the Mitsubishi ASX

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Is it sibling rivalry or pure coincidence? No matter: the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group unveiled today not one but two compact crossovers: the Peugeot 4008 and the Citroen C4 Aircross.

Both models are based on the Mitsubishi ASX and were created as part of an OEM agreement between the French automaker and it’s Japanese counterpart.

The differences between the two French models are purely cosmetic, with each variant featuring bespoke front and rear ends along with some other signature styling traits such as the Citroen's C-column trim.

Citroen points out that the LED lights integrated in the vertical vents at the front and the rear lights are inspired by the Hypnos concept displayed at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

The new crossover is 4.34 m long, 1.80 m wide and 1.63 m tall, and has a luggage compartment space of 442-liter.

Like its Peugeot counterpart, the C4 Aircross’ engine range consists of four engines. The 110HP 1.6-liter petrol unit will only be available with front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission, while buyers of the 150HP 2.0-liter petrol (which won’t be sold in Europe) and the 1.6- and 1.8-liter diesels, with an output of 110 and 150HP respectively, will have the option of four-wheel drive as well.

Citroen announced that the C4 Aircross will be launched in European markets at the end of the first half of 2012.


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