Citroen introduced its new C3-XR earlier this month and announced that its new crossover will hit the dealerships in December. Despite the facet that the styling of the C3-XR looks pretty good and we are sure that it will perfectly fit the European market, Citroen says that this model will be available only in China.
According to Citroen CEO Linda Jackson, the new Citroen C3-XR was developed especially for Chinese customers who are looking for plenty of interior space, automatic transmissions as well as larger overall designs.
The French company believes that the C4 Cactus is a better product for the European market and if it will introduce the C3-XR in Europe the subcompact crossover will be a rival for the Peugeot 2008. For those who don’t know, both the Peugeot 2008 is produced by PSA Peugeot Citroen, same company that produces the C3-XR and the C4 Cactus.
In China, the Citroen X3-XR is powered by 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine that generates 160 hp of max output, as bolted to a 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers the power to the front wheels.
Derived from the Citroen C3, the Citroen C3-XR is a China-exclusive subcompact crossover to be built by Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroen Automobile Co., (DPCA), a joint venture between Dongfeng Motor Group and PSA Peugeot Citroen. Based in Wuhan, China, Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroen manufactures Peugeot and Citroen models for sale in the country.
Citroen introduced the C-XR Concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show in April. Then in October, the carmaker unveiled the C3-XR, which is essentially the production version of the Citroen C-XR Concept.
Compared with the concept car, the C3-XR drops the fancy LED headlights and taillamps in favor of “normal” ones, while the rear end receives a new bumper and exhaust tailpipes.
The new Citroen C3-XR at Wuhan will be produced at Wuhan. Set to go on sale in December, the 2015 Citroen C-XR comes equipped with the latest technologies such as keyless entry and starting, rear-view camera, grip control and connectivity via the Citroen telematics services.
The introduction of the new C3-XR subcompact crossover in China forms part of Citroen’s strategy of internationalization. The French carmaker considers China as an important part of the internationalization strategy as the market accounts for more than a quarter of its total global sales.
According to Citroen, the new C3-XR embodies a modern approach to the SUV, with a design highlighted by the wide chrome-finished grille linking the chevrons to the headlamps, LED daytime running lights as well as headlamps with a double module and indicators. It also features a C-shaped side signature, 3D-effect rear lights and chrome-finished dual tailpipes.