Citroen introduces SpaceTourer 4X4 E Concept before 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on February 16, 2017

For French carmaker Citroen, offering adventure and utility doesn’t really having mean to create an SUV or a crossover. This is why Citroen is introducing a new 4x4 minivan concept that should serve as a stylish and practical mode of transport for the modern adventurer – the Citroen SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept.

According to Citroen, the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept is a contemporary vehicle that combines off-road ability, versatility and comfort, as inspired by the carmaker’s "E" collection of limited edition lifestyle products. The carmaker described the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept as an ideal companion for outdoor pursuits, thanks to a ground clearance that is around 60mm higher than the SpaceTourer MPV production model. But that is not all that defines the concept’s adventurous spirit.

Serving as the dynamic core of SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept is a BlueHDi 150 S&S diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This turbodiesel 2.0-liter, four-cylinder BlueHDi 150 S&S diesel powerplant – already featured in a number of Citroen vehicles – is rated to develop 150 hp (112 kW) of max output and 370 Nm (273 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This amount of power is sent to all four wheels of the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept through a selectable 4x4 transmission courtesy of Automobiles Dangel. Thanks to this unique drivetrain, the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept could enjoy 4x4 traction, with Auto 4WD and R.

The adventurous spirit of the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept is boosted by the fact that it features a high-set driving position and the opening rear window in the tailgate. While the concept still dons door handles, its sliding side doors could be opened without even touching them. It is simply thanks to the fact that these side doors are foot-operated. As for storage, the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept offers up to 74 liters of space – on the rear, the glove box and door bins. In fact, the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept boasts of a load volume of up to two cubic meters.

Meanwhile, the Citroen SpaceTourer 4X4 E comes with special front and rear protective skid plates and roof bars with a satin aluminum finish as well as tires with snow chains. It is wrapped in special white exterior with grey camouflage design with red decals. It features "4X4" logo under the door mirrors and on the tailgate. The Citroen SpaceTourer 4X4 is available in body sizes XS, M and XL. The XS version – as shown on the images – measures just 4.60 meters in length and 1.90 meters in height. The "E" signature can be found on the concept’s dark-tinted rear quarter lights. The concept also features a broad glass sunroof.

Inside, the SpaceTourer 4X4 E Concept could accommodate up to nine people. Its interior comes with a two-tone treatment. White leather covers the upper portion of the seat backs and headrests while mottled grey Alcantara and leather dominate the lower two-thirds of each seat. An embossed “E” logo can be found on the headrests on the front seats.

Citroen is bound to unveil the SpaceTourer 4X4 E Concept to the global public at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Press Release

CITROËN SPACETOURER 4X4 Ë CONCEPT: LIVING A LIFE OF ADVENTURE IN STYLE

Citroën will unveil a new concept vehicle at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show – SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept. The new design is inspired by the brand’s own “Ë” lifestyle product range, which was presented at last year's Paris Motor Show. The SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept embodies Citroën’s unique spirit and features a 4x4 drivetrain, enhanced body protection and new external graphics. Its unique interior is true to the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme and promotes well-being. SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept is a stylish, practical and contemporary mode of transport for the modern day adventurer.

With only a few weeks to go until the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën has revealed the SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept, a contemporary vehicle with an uncompromising combination of off-road ability, versatility and comfort. The new concept is an up-to-date take on the SpaceTourer, uniquely inspired by Citroën’s "Ë" collection of limited edition lifestyle products.

Enhancing the existing strengths of the production model, the SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept offers elegant styling and a unique design, with class-leading technologies for all types of terrain – including an all-wheel-drive transmission developed by Automobiles Dangel.

Citroën SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept is designed for well-being, with adventurous styling that evokes vitality, making it ideal for families or groups of friends looking to enjoy leisure activities in style.

AN ENERGETIC DESIGN WITH NEW GRAPHICS

Exterior look

Aesthetically, the Citroën SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept introduces a dynamic combination of colours and materials, both inside and out, with a striking graphic design for an energetic new look.

Boasting all the best features of large MPVs and SUVs, the design emphasises the concept car's all-terrain abilities. The SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept is equipped with special front and rear protective skid plates and roof bars with a satin aluminium finish. Recognisable with its "4X4" logo under the door mirrors and on the tailgate, the 4x4 concept also features tyres with snow chains.

To visually boost its personality, the SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept is cloaked in a special white paint and a striking grey camouflage design with red decals. Touches of the same red colour can also be seen on the snow chains.

Available in several body sizes (XS, M and XL) to meet the needs of families and professionals alike, the SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept is presented as a compact XS version, designed for top-level functionality and versatility. With its short wheelbase, the XS model is a first in its segment with a body length of just 4.60m and a height of 1.90m. Despite its raised body, the 4x4 version remains under 2m tall, ensuring access to most height-restricted car parks.

The "Ë" signature is inseparable from the name and history of the Citroën brand, and is positioned proudly on the dark-tinted rear quarter lights.

Interior feel

The SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept’s sliding side doors open to reveal an impressively spacious interior, upholstered in soft and warm materials, with large windows providing plenty of natural light. The broad glass sunroof has two separate and coverable sections. The level of personalisation inside is most evident on the dashboard and upholstery. The red, white and blue colours are inspired by the "Ë" lifestyle product range and subtly celebrate the brands French heritage to forge a new interior aesthetic.

Inspired by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, the seats in the SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept are remarkably comfortable. The generous cabin can accommodate up to nine people, although in this five-seat configuration the concept has two individual front seats fitted with armrests.

With an uncompromising combination of comfort, practicality and aesthetics, this concept car has a unique interior look with a top-quality two-tone treatment. White leather graces the upper part of the seat backs and headrests. On the lower two-thirds of each seat, mottled grey Alcantara and leather combine to create a stunning visual contrast.

The headrests on the front seats feature an embossed “Ë” logo and there are white leather straps on the front doors for use as door handles. This type of design was first seen on the C4 Cactus and is inspired by the world of travel and leather goods. As with the seatbelts, these door straps feature the same red and blue detailing as the brand’s "Ë" lifestyle product collection. Other references to the “Ë” collection can be seen on the dashboard, which is decorated in a mottled grey, soft-to-the-touch fabric. This is similar to the iPad cover in the "Ë" collection. The aluminium-coloured trim in the cabin is a reference to the “Ë” branded jackets within the collection.

ENGINEERED FOR LEISURE AND ADVENTURE

The SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept's adventurous spirit and raised ground clearance (60mm higher than the production model), make it the ideal companion for outdoor pursuits.

Designed for most driving conditions, and powered by the BlueHDi 150 S&S diesel engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept boasts top-level all-terrain abilities and ride comfort, whatever the weather. The concept is equipped with a selectable 4x4 transmission from Automobiles Dangel, a well-known French all-terrain specialist. Offering even greater motoring freedom, the drivetrain offers 4x4 traction, with Auto 4WD and R. Lock settings via a control wheel on the dashboard.

The Citroën SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept has a high-set driving position and boot access is enhanced by the opening rear window in the tailgate. Cabin access is via two foot operated hands-free sliding side doors. Occupants are treated to 74-litres of storage space located around the cabin, including the glove box and door bins. There is also sufficient space in the back to house a snowboard, leisure accessories or other items from the "Ë" collection. The concept car has a load volume of up to two cubic metres in this five-seat layout.

COMFORT AND MODERN TECHNOLOGIES

Created with all of Citroën's expertise in ride comfort and practicality, the SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept is also fitted with a new-generation telematics system, including;

Citroën Connect Nav: a new 3D navigation system that can be controlled with the voice recognition function or via the 7-inch touchscreen.
Mirror Screen: replicating smartphone apps on the same 7-inch screen.
For even more peace-of-mind at the wheel, the Citroën SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept places the following features conveniently in the driver's line of sight:

Head-up Display: the driver can keep their eyes on the road, while checking essential driving information.
Top Rear Vision: the rear camera sends an image to the 7-inch touchscreen, covering the area behind the vehicle with a 180° ‘seen-from-above’ field of view.
Blind-spot Monitoring System: informs the driver when a vehicle is in their blind spot.
For added comfort and safety, the Citroën SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept is also equipped with;

Speed Limiter, plus Road Sign Recognition and Recommendation: the driver is informed of the speed limit and can use this information to set the vehicle’s speed limiter.
Automatic Beam Function: switches between high and low beam settings, depending on oncoming traffic.
Lane Departure Warning System: alerts the driver if the vehicle crosses into another lane without the driver indicating.
Further technologies for safety include;

Active Safety Brake: to help avoid collisions or reduce the speed of impact.
Collision Risk Alert: warns the driver of a risk of imminent collision.
Adaptive Cruise Control: the vehicle automatically adapts its speed to the car in front.
A bold expression of the brand's “Be Different, Feel Good” promise, the Citroën SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë Concept will make its debut appearance on the Citroën stand at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show (Press days: Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March, 2017).

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