2014 Citroen C-XR Concept

Given how much Citroen has invested on the Chinese market, it was only a matter of time before the French automaker expanded its lineup in the country. That time has apparently come with the debut of the C-XR Concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show .

Okay, it doesn’t look as much of a concept as it does a near production-ready model that could be sent to dealerships sooner than later, possibly as soon as later in 2014. The C-XR also holds the distinction of being the first Citroen model the developed with the Dongfeng Motor Group, as clear a sign of where the C-XR is going to be offered once the production version is ready.

Overall, the C-XR is a sharply-designed crossover that should go over among Chinese customers, especially the young-and-hip crowd that puts a vehicle’s style and design over everything else, including its performance credentials.

That’s exactly the formula Citroen followed in developing the C-XR Concept. Only time will tell if the production version adopts the same architecture.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen C-XR Concept.

Exterior

Citroen C-XR Concept

The wide, chromed front grille of the CX-R is a nice touch, especially how the company was able to seamlessly integrate its logo into it.

You’re probably disappointed that the C-XR doesn’t look exactly like what a concept car should, but we don’t think Citroen is going make any apologies for it. Besides, the SUV concept is probably as close to a production model as it could be, with only limited changes to get it ready to hit dealerships.

The wide, chromed front grille of the CX-R is a nice touch, especially how the company was able to seamlessly integrate its logo into it. The headlights are aggressively detailed, serving as a nice complement to the sharp front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights. Overall, the front section does justice in giving the C-XR that sporty look Citroen was going for.

The rear section of the C-XR is a little underwhelming to look at with the most noticeable elements being the 3D-effect taillights and the dual chrome exhaust pipes. The concept does have a high beltline, which gives it that muscular appearance, fitting enough to use a set of 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires.

2014 Citroen C-XR Concept - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase2,650 MM (104.33 Inches)
Length4,260 MM (167.71 Inches)
Length-to-height ratio1,790 MM x 1,560 MM (70.47 x 61.41 Inches)

Interior

Citroen C-XR Concept

The C-XR Concept’s 104.3-inch wheelbase is the longest SUV in its segment, thus putting some credence to Citroen’s declaration that it’s got more interior space than most of its competitors. It’s hard to know sure until we see photos of the interior, but we’ll give Citroen the benefit of the doubt on that one.

Drivetrain

Citroen C-XR Concept

The Citroen C-XR Concept has a powertrain that doesn’t really impress us all that much. The company said that output is at 160 horsepower so we imagine that something like a 1.6-liter THP engine has been fitted under its hood. Citroen also claims that it uses the latest-generation automatic gearbox, so that should another thing to look forward to. Other than that, we kinda expected more than just 160 horsepower as we’re confident a lot of people did too.

2014 Citroen C-XR Concept - Drivetrain/Specifications

Engine TypeTHP petrol engine equipped with the Stop&Start system
Output160 HP
TransmissionLatest-generation automatic gearbox

Prices

Citroen C-XR Concept

No word yet on pricing, but from the looks of things, the C-XR could be priced between $20k and $25k, at the current exchange rates.

Competition

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke

Weird and funky are two of the first words that come out of your mouth when describing the Nissan Juke. While there are some grains of truth in those words, the Juke also offers the kind of unconventional styling that a lot of today’s younger buyers seem to gravitate to. The Juke is definitely an acquired taste and one that has built a following of its own, despite its all-around quirkiness.

Power isn’t too far from what the C-XR Concept is offering, but at 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, you’re likely to get more out of the Juke than you would the C-XR.

The Nissan Juke starts at $18.990 for the base S FWD model and goes all the way up to $25,990 for the SL AWD model.

Renault Captur

Renault Captur

A little less of a competitor than the Juke, but no less competitive compared to the C-XR is the Renault Captur. Like the C-XR, the Captur owes its history to a concept version of the same name that was released earlier: the Captur Concept.

The Captur gets the benefit of having its own distinct look that’s quite appealing relative to its segment. It’s also being offered with a variety of gas and diesel engines, which should include a 1.6-liter that produces somewhere close to the 160-horsepower output of the C-XR.

You’re probably not going to get the same level of performance as the Juke, or maybe even the C-XR once Citroen is done building the production version. But that’s not the point. What you get from the Captur is a fresh style that makes it stand out.

Conclusion

Citroen C-XR Concept

Overall, the Citroen C-XR Concept is an intriguing crossover for the Chinese market. It’s got the style that should attract a lot of buyers, which plays an even bigger role considering that its engine isn’t anything to write home about.

Like the rest of its competitors, you’re not really looking for a powerful vehicle in this segment. Instead, you’re looking for one that has enough of it, but has a design that makes it stand out.

LOVE IT
  • Stylish design
  • Looks bigger than its size
  • Long wheelbase could translate to a spacious design
LEAVE IT
  • What does the interior look like?
  • No pricing details yet
  • The Juke makes for an enticing alternative

Press Release

Driven by the vitality and strong growth of the Chinese market, CITROËN is unveiling the CITROËN C-XR Concept at the Beijing Motor Show. The new concept car is a contemporary take on the SUV, informed by CITROËN’s key values of strong design, outstanding comfort drawing on all the brand’s expertise, and technological choices focused on efficiency.

Citroen C-XR Concept

The CITROËN C-XR Concept previews the first SUV developed by the joint venture between CITROËN and the DONGFENG Motor Group, set to win new customers in a fast-growing segment in China, with sales of nearly three million units in 2013, up 50% on 2012.

STRONG AND ELEGANT DESIGN

The CITROËN C-XR Concept features instantly recognisable compact styling, with an assertive SUV look combining elegance and robustness. The elegant air is created through harmonious proportions and meticulous style lines, while the concept car’s robust character is underscored by its width and by functional and aesthetic attributes that forge its SUV identity.

The design of the CITROËN C-XR Concept stands out with:

> A wide chrome-finished grille linking the chevrons to the headlamps to emphasise its temperament,
> LED daytime running lights enhancing the front light signature for even stronger presence,
> Front optics featuring a double module and indicators to underscore the car’s high-tech approach,
> A C-shaped side signature providing a visual link between the roof bars and chrome-finished waistline, highlighting the roominess inside,
> 3D-effect rear lights combined with a chrome-finished dual tailpipe lending extra vitality to the generous rear forms.

Citroen C-XR Concept

The concept car’s protective and robust SUV nature is underscored by specific design attributes:

> Raised ground clearance and large, 17-inch wheels shod with All Seasons tyres to take on
whatever the road has to offer with optimum comfort and safety,
> Front and rear fairing and wheel arch embellishers blending style and body protection,
> Red side décor and wing-mirror housings underlining the car’s dynamic qualities and outdoor spirit.

The CITROËN C-XR Concept also possesses elegant body styling characterised by:
> An ideal length-to-height ratio (1.79 m x 1.56 m) for perfectly balanced proportions,
> Body length limited to 4.26 m for more agile manoeuvring,
> The longest wheelbase in the category, at 2.65 m providing exceptional roominess, particularly in the back seats.

COMFORT IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES: CITROËN KNOW-HOW

With its technological and sensory approach to comfort, the CITROËN C-XR Concept demonstrates all of CITROËN’s expertise in bringing drivers and passengers an incomparable feeling of safety and well-being.

Citroen C-XR Concept

CITROËN C-XR Concept drivers enjoy impressive visual comfort thanks to a natural, saloon-style driving position and raised ground clearance providing a commanding view of the road for complete peace of mind at the wheel.

Road comfort is ensured by the suspension settings that draw on all of CITROËN’s know-how to bring drivers a feeling of total control at the wheel while effortlessly absorbing all road imperfections. All the occupants enjoy travelling comfort and well-being thanks to the car’s large wheelbase – the longest in the segment – providing outstanding spaciousness in the front and rear seats alike. The CITROËN C-XR Concept is also strong on sensory comfort, with its large glass panoramic roof
that floods the cabin with soft, filtered light.

TECHNOLOGICAL CHOICES FOR EXTRA EFFICIENCY

The CITROËN C-XR Concept is equipped with the highest-performance technologies to enhance traction while reducing the car’s environmental footprint.

The concept car is fit with Grip Control technology, which, combined with the All Seasons tyres, manages the grip of the wheels in line with the nature of the road surface. The result is optimal traction on all types of ground without resorting to a four-wheel-drive system that would increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The CITROËN C-XR Concept features cutting-edge technologies and special design approaches to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions:

Citroen C-XR Concept

> The powertrain combines a THP 160 petrol engine equipped with the Stop&Start system and a latest-generation automatic gearbox, boosting driving pleasure and comfort while reducing fuel consumption,
> The weight reduction that was a key focus in the design of the concept car, reflected in top-quality road manners for an SUV and a drastic cut in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.


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