The PSA Group holds a bunch of different brands under its production house including the DS, Citroen and the Peugeot.
The joint group confirmed that a brand new SUV is set to go into production in 2018.
With nearly two years ago, details related to the SUV is obviously sparse. The concept car has been named as the C84 project. It was revealed earlier under the brand Citroen and the parent company confirmed it is going to be the next big SUV built based on the Aircross concept. The concept was revealed last year which was designed and built on the newly created EMP2 platform.
Based on the information available, we can easily confirm that the upcoming SUV is going to share a lot of similarities with the Peugeot 5008 SUV. The models are confirmed to be built at the company’s facility located in Rennes, France. Apart from making SUVs, the PSA Group is also focused on expanding its own lineup of electrified vehicles. The Citroen E-Mehari is first of its kind which will soon be joined by the C4 Cactus. The Cactus is already available in stores but the newer version will be powered by an electric motor. We assume it is the new hybrid or may push its boundaries to be a complete electric car if the manufacturer wants it to be.
Aircross SUV was originally revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show. It gave us a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming Nissan X-Trail and the Hyundai Santa Fe. SUVs aren’t an entirely new segment for the brand because they have making such models for a long time now. The brand has already made the C-Crosser which didn’t make a mark among buyers. The problem is that it didn’t have good mileage. Being a plug-in hybrid variant, buyers wanted something more about the C-Crosser which led to its meager sales.
However, it is the company’s first hybrid model. The new Aircross SUV is expected to be powered by a 1.6-liter TGP petrol engine. It has the capability to deliver at least 218 horsepower. The engine will be mated to an electric motor with 95 horsepower. When in motion, the motor can cover up to 31 miles on a full charge. It can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds.
A production version of the model is likely to get rid of the large 22-inch alloy wheels to give it a slick exterior finish.