Citroen is conducting the second facelift of the C3-XR. The compact crossover is devoid of almost everything that still belongs to the so-called “Airbumps” of yesteryear.
Today’s secondary session concerns Citroen’s compact crossover, which in the Far East serves as a cheaper alternative to the Citroen C4 Aircross, a lengthened version of the vehicle known in Europe as the Citroen C3 Aircross. Models even share their technical base with each other.
The Citroen C3-XR compact crossover, like the C3 Aircross and Opel Crossland, sits on the PF1 platform, which was also used in the current Citroen C3 and the previous generation Peugeot 2008. Introduced in 2014, the C3-XR debuted with the best C design details -elysee, actually representing the Citroen Peugeot 301.
While the C3-XR is actually quite old, Citroen in China is doing everything it can to keep it up to date. As a result of the 2019 update, the C3-XR received a new grille layout and trapezoidal trim, referencing Airbump details that are almost entirely absent on the updated C3 Aircross and the new C4. Citroen is updating the C3-XR for the second time, and the Airbump remains are also disappearing.
Citroen’s Chinese design department has taken a close look at the updated C3 Aircross. The C3-XR, which AutoWeek has spotted in the China Ministry of Industry and Transport database, will also receive a new front panel with a grille that consists of diagonal lines. The rear end tweaks are less drastic and mostly limited to the addition of a new rear bumper.
The Citroen C3-XR is 4.26 meters long, which is about 15 cm longer than the C3 Aircross. In addition, the C3-XR is about 4cm wider but 8cm lower than the C3 Aircross that Citroen sells in Europe. The wheelbase of the C3-XR is an additional 6 cm longer than that of Citroen’s European compact crossover. The crossover is powered by a 136hp PureTech 1.2 engine.
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