Another Reincarnation on the Cards: This time from Citroën
This year is already proving to be the year of revivals; recently, we reported the revival of the Honda Insight and the Jaguar XK, and now it’s the Citroën twins – the C4 and C5. The C4 was a successful model that ran for 14 years. The C5, on the other hand, was the larger sedan version of the C4, which also had a decent run. The good news is that both these cars are now making a comeback, according to the brand’s CEO.
Finally, DS is set to Introduce a Flagship Model; Could be the DS 8
The PSA Group made the DS a standalone brand in 2014 to differentiate it from its family members - Peugeot and Citroen - by transforming it into a luxurious brand. We are not very sure how well that has worked, but the company feels it did. Thus, in a Different Spirit, DS has finally decided to introduce its flagship model; although it is slated for launch in 2021. Apparently, the car will take on the executive sedans in the premium segment. However, this car will not take the shape of a conventional sedan. Is DS trying to break the trend here? Let’s find out.
DS Looks Like it Has a Jewel of a Concept in The X E-Tense
Two years ago, the DS performance brand unveiled the E-Tense Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. As the brand’s supposed answer to the Audi R8, the E-Tense Concept gained traction as a potential production model. Nothing has come out of it since, and that has led to speculation that those plans have been scrapped. Fortunately, for every door that closes, another one opens. Fast forward to 2018 and DS has a new concept on its hands. It’s called the DS X E-Tense, and, judging by the teaser video, it looks like a worthy follow-up to its namesake.
Is PSA Bringing Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Vauxhall, or Opel to the United States?
We’ve known for a while that PSA was planning to invade the U.S. auto market and it has, in fact, already done so by kicking off its Free2Move mobility platform in Seattle last year. And, more recently – back in January of 2019 – PSA announced that it had chosen Atlanta, Georgia as it’s home away from home. The next move is adding certain PSA models to various car-sharing services, but PSA has reportedly already chosen what brand it will begin selling in the U.S. first, but we’re not privy to the information quite yet.
The French are Coming! PSA chooses ATL as it’s North American Home
Welcome to Atlanta, PSA Group. More importantly, welcome back to the good ‘ol U.S.A. The French auto group took its biggest step in returning to America after announcing that Atlanta will become the location of its North American headquarters. Don’t expect PSA to start shipping Peugeot, Citroen, and DS models tomorrow, though. The new HQ is the first of many steps the group still needs to make to achieve its goal of returning to the market after decades of absence.
PSA Wants Another Crack at the U.S. Market
It’s been decades since we last saw a Peugeot or Citroen presence in the U.S. All that could change soon because Peugeot has been angling for a possible return to North America in the coming years. No specific plans have been laid out, but Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato remains bullish on the idea of seeing the French carmaker return to a market it hasn’t been in since 1991.
2018 Citroen C3 Aircross
One look at the current automotive landscape is all you need to see the incredible popularity of the crossover and SUV bodystyle. Not only is the high-riding, off-roader-esque style widespread in the U.S, but it’s gaining steam overseas as well. Taking advantage of the upwards trend is French automaker Citroen, which is reinvigorating its C3 nameplate with a new, next-gen crossover dubbed the C3 Aircross. Packing loads of customization options, a host of modern interior technology, and a wide selection of efficient gas and diesel powerplants, the C3 hopes to bring Citroen that sweet jacked-up hatchback success in a variety of markets across the world (minus the States, of course).
Framed as a “people-minded” crossover “inspired by customer expectations,” the new C3 Aircross follows in the footsteps of the Citroen C3 Aircross Concept revealed in April at the Shanghai Auto Show, while also drawing inspiration from the C-Aircross concept that dropped at the Geneva Motor Show. Now, following an official debut at the Paris Motor Show, we have a ton of info on the new production-ready Citroen C3 Aircross. Read on for all the details.
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2017 Citroen C5 Aircross
If you look at Citroen’s current lineup, you won’t see too many crossovers and SUV, which is rather unusual given the current industry trends. Granted, Citroen might be a bit late to the party, but it’s already on its way to offering a solid family of crossovers in the future. The C5 Aircross is one of them and comes only two years after the French firm unveiled the Aircross concept. Heavily based on the show car, the production model broke cover at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show ahead of its Chinese market debut.
Faithful to the concept car design-wise, the C5 Aircross has very little in common with the sedan using the same badge. On top of being a new product for the brand, it also brings two important technologies to the market. For starters, it’s the first Citroen to use a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Second, it introduces the newly developed suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. It’s also a somewhat premium offering compared to its rivals, but you’ll find out more about how it stacks up against the competition in the review below.
Emmanuel Macron’s Presidential Ride Is A DS 7 Crossback
In case you were unaware, France swore in a new president over the weekend, with 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron officially becoming the youngest president in modern French history. The event was marked with the usual speeches and pageantry, but gearheads will care more about the debut of a new presidential ride – an upgraded DS 7 Crossback SUV.
DS Automobiles’ Twitter feed detailed the vehicle, while also posting pics of it carrying Macron as he rolled down to Champs-Elysees after his inauguration. Macron’s DS 7 gets a slew of nice touches, including dark blue exterior paint, 20-inch alloy wheels, gold flake trim inside and out, plus plenty of Tricolour flag emblems. The interior also gets leather upholstery with a “Black Art” theme, a nod to a Parisian district, while the roof gets an open top to provide Macron the opportunity to wave to his supporters.
DS first introduced its new 7 Crossback a few months ago at the Geneva Motor Show, but this is the first time it’s been pictured out in public and driving on the road. As the brand’s first Euro-focused SUV, a presidential motorcade isn’t a bad way to introduce the model to the public. Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin in January. Meanwhile, the model pictured above will be on display in Paris at DS World.
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Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018
SUVs and crossovers are still gaining traction on the market, and it’s no surprise that more and more automakers are rolling out such products. Citroen is one of them, and it just launched the C5 Aircross at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Bigger than the upcoming C3 crossover (as the name itself suggest), the C5 Aircross is based on the same EMP2 architecture as the Peugeot 3008, DS 7 Crossback, and Vauxhall Grandland X. Set to go on sale in China this year and in Europe in 2018, the C5 Aircross is aimed at products such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, and Mazda CX-5. The Aircross’ styling is based on Citroen’s latest design language.
Up front, we have the traditional Chevron grille and two distinct pairs of headlamps. There are thin daytime running lights above, and the more conventional headlamps below, both using LED technology. The sides are as traditional as they get with crossovers, while the rear section showcases large LED taillights and a rather steep tailgate. Inside, the Aircross aims at the premium market. There’s a 12.3-inch screen instead of the conventional instrument cluster dials, while the eight-inch screen in the center stack provides access to the infotainment and navigation systems. The crossover also comes with a comprehensive safety package, the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension, and adaptive cruise control. Motivation comes from four-cylinder engines rated at anywhere between 165 and 200 horsepower, but a hybrid drivetrain with a total output of 300 horses will be introduced later on. This gasoline-electric combo will make the C5 Aircross the first Citroen to feature plug-in hybrid technology.
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2018 DS 7 Crossback
Citroën has been around since 1919, but its premium sub-brand, DS Automobiles has only been around since its announcement back in 2009 – making the brand just shy of a decade old. Since then, the brand has released a few concepts and no fewer than six individual models that include the DS 3, DS 6, two iterations of the DS 4, and two iterations of the DS 5. Now with the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, the DS brand is set to release a new SUV, aptly called the DS7.
It will fight against models like the Lexus NX, Audi Q2, and even the BMW X1 – a tall order, but not exactly unfathomable given the looks, luxury, and comfort offered by the brand’s newest SUV… uhem… Crossback. Designed with comfort and performance in mind, the DS 7 features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that delivers some 300 ponies through all four wheels when needed. Features like DS Night Vision, DS Active Scan Suspension, DS Connected Pilot, and a pair of 12-inch screens inside are present – all of which poses a strong proposition for the competition.
There are even rumors that this newest model could, in fact, bring the Citroën brand – or at least some derivative of it – back to the U.S. for the first time in nearly three decades. Of course, word has it that its initial reentry will be trough a company called TravelCar which would help the brand introduce its newest models to the U.S. market as rental or ride-share vehicles. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves and get too excited, that’s still some time away, and the DS7 is still headed to Geneva Motor Show. So, let’s take a better look at DS’ newest SUV and talk more about it.
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2017 Citroen C-Aircross Concept
Just like its production models, French automaker Citroen is known for producing odd, yet oddly likable concept cars. Merging obvious production vehicle allusions and never-gonna-happen design study gloss, the concepts are usually a mixed bag, but almost always eye-catching. Such is the case with the latest C-Aircross Concept, which was just revealed ahead of its in-the-metal debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show next month. Following on the heels of Citroen’s Aircross Concept revealed back in 2015, the latest Aircross is a compact crossover that previews an upcoming production version of the crossover destined to replace the current C3 Picasso MPV. Clearly, Citroen is far more interested in SUVs, and as such, the production variant of this concept will offer the same softroader cues, including a tall body style, large wheels, flared fenders, and space in the back for things. The C-Aircross Concept also promises new interior tech and interior design, with a cabin space that’s just as wild, if not wilder, than the exterior.
And why not? Crossovers and SUVs continue to surge in popularity in a variety of markets, so the transition from MPV to SUV makes a lot of sense for the brand, especially with a (relatively) fresh design for the exterior panels and interior space.
Linda Jackson, Citroen’s CEO, had this to say – “The C-Aircross Concept demonstrates Citroen’s pursuit of its international product offensive. Based on the state-of-mind of New C3, it illustrates a different vision for the compact SUV segment, full of confidence and boldness.”
Although Citroen has expressed interest in tackling the U.S. market sometime in the future, the production variant of this concept will almost certainly not make it stateside. That said, interested European customers will likely get an eyeful with a debut sometime this fall, while an on-sale date will likely follow before the end of the year.
So then – what’s this thing really previewing, and what will actually make it to production? Read on to find out all the details.
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What is the Least Expensive Citroen?
Pricing for Citroen models vary globally, but in general, the Citroen C1 is the cheapest offering. It is a subcompact hatchback\city car that has a starting price of around €10,000. The next model up, the brand’s entry-level crossover will set you back around €13,000.
What is the Sportiest Citroen?
The sportiest Citroen isn’t really a Citroen at all. Well, it kind of is. We’re talking about the DS 3 Hatchback – a product of the recently launched DS brand, a subsidiary of Citroen. The DS 3 is largely related to the Peugeot 208 GTO and has a 1.6-liter, turbocharger, four-banger under its hood. It delivers some 205 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, which is said to be good enough for a sprint to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. The DS 3 starts out at nearly €20,000 but climbs closer to €23,500 in top trim with leather interior.
What is the Most Popular Citroen?
With small city cars being so popular in Europe and SUVs starting to finally take a hold there as they have in the U.S., it should come as no surprise that Citroen’s most popular model is the compact C3 Crossover. It’s essentially a raised hatchback that combines a bit of utility and fun driving dynamics. It’s generally priced around the €13,000 mark so it’s rather affordable on most budgets and it looks pretty good too.
What is the Most Expensive Citroen?
The most expensive Citroen is the Spacetourer – big family van that offers seating for 8, a fairly decent technology lineup, and more space than most families know what to do with. There’s nothing commanding about its appearance and nothing to write home about under the hood, but it’s a damn good family hauler. The Citroen Spacetourer starts out at €34,520 and goes up from there.
What is the Fastest Citroen?
The fastest Citroen is also the sportiest – the new DS Hatchback. With 1.6-liter, turbocharged engine, it can get to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and tops out at 143 mph. That’s not back for a car that’s smaller than the Honda civic and commands a price below the €25,000 mark.
Are Citroens Reliable?
A recent study by The Telegraph in the U.K. pegged the Citroen brand as pretty reliable, giving it a raking of No. 13 of all automakers with an average of 115 problems per 100 cars produced. AutoExpress has even ranked the C4 Picasso, C1, and C4 Cactus as some of the most reliable vehicles you can buy back in 2017. The C1 is also ranked No. 9 in the reliability index for the top 100 reliable cars. Not all Citroen models have as much clout in the reliability department, though. The Citroen C3 is known for electrical problems (some 26-percent of all problems appear to be electrical) while the C4 is ranked well below the industry average but has a low average cost of repair when compared to other vehicles its size. Meanwhile, the Picasso is highly reliable but does suffer from electrical issues, while the Grand C4 Picasso scores horribly with lots of axle and suspension problems.
Despite all of this, the Citroen brand as a whole is still ranked No. 13, and it’s likely because the brand is the producer of basic automobiles – there is no high tech goodies or expensive materials here. All Citroens are, for the most part, simple and put purpose over appearance. They aren’t bad cars by any means and are pretty reliable, but if you one a lot of tech or more comfort, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Peugeot would be a good next step without going into the hardcore luxury segment.