C-XR concept

C-XR concept

Citroen has reportedly commenced pilot production of its C-XR concept, which was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April where it looked production ready.

The model - which reports suggest may be named C3-XR - is a future rival for the Honda Vezel and others in the B-SUV/crossover segment of the Chinese market.

It was previewed by the C-XR concept at April 2014's Beijing motor show.  The C-XR looked production-ready, with the prototype claimed to be the first SUV concept developed by Citroën and the DongFeng Motor Group. The vehicle, which resembled a crossover version of the C-Elysée,  was quoted as being 4.26m long, with a 2.65 wheelbase. The production model is expected to be front-wheel drive only.

The base models of C3-XR SUV will be equipped with a naturally-aspirated 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine, while the top-end models will be powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged four.

Series production for the model is slated to start later this year.