N . Even if you look over and over again, you really don't recognize it - the Mitsubishi ASX. Why is it important? The Japanese compact SUV forms the basis for the Citroën C4 Aircross - and soon also for the Peugeot 4008. For nine months, the Citroën designers have tinkered with, discussed with Mitsubishi, completely dismantled the ASX and fought for every bead. In the end, only the doors and the roof come from him. Nothing more.
An enormous effort, but it will be worth it. The Citroën C4 Aircross is truly an eye-catcher with its significantly more powerful, modulated hood, the wide chrome-plated radiator grille including the Citroën-typical double angle and rear lights in the style of the C4.
Three engines, two drive concepts, three equipment lines
The concept is clear: With the help of its appearance, the Citroën C4 Aircross is intended to steal customers from top sellers in the industry such as VW Tiguan and Ford Kuga. A demanding job in which the body can be combined with three engines, two drive concepts and three equipment lines. The basis is a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 117 hp, which is only available with front-wheel drive and five-speed gearbox for 23,690 euros. Air conditioning, CD radio and seven airbags are standard (Attraction line).
The top model of the Citroën C4 Aircross with a 150 hp 1.8-liter diesel, two powered axles and a whopping 10,100 euros more expensive lush exclusive equipment. The diesel engine that Citroën buys from Mitsubishi, however, is not convincing on the first exit. With loud protests, it only gets the 1.6-ton truck going very slowly and accelerates it with difficulty. The HDi 115 goes to work in a similarly robust way, but much more lively. With 270 Newton meters of torque (280 Nm via overboost), which is already available from 1,750 tours, the small diesel from the PSA fund is hardly weaker, but it is more fun.
Citroën C4 Aircross HDi 115 from 29,790 euros
A look at the technical data also shows that the values hardly differ. Together with the lower consumption (NEDC: 4.9 L /100 km) and a base price of 29,790 euros, the Citroën C4 Aircross HDi 115 (as a trend) is the more attractive and cheaper diesel variant, both of which are coupled with a precisely switchable six-speed gearbox are.
This is common to all variantsvery comfortable chassis that rarely allows even hard transverse joints to pass through to the occupants. Since the electric power steering is not too direct, the Citroën C4 Aircross prefers to move comfortably over motorways and country roads. It balances swiftly taken alternating curves with a clear lateral inclination and, thanks to the sensitive ESP, safely maintains the course.
With the all-wheel drive models, the driver can switch between economical front-wheel drive (2WD), automatic power distribution to all four wheels or via a rotary knob select the lock mode, which always delivers at least 50 percent of the power to the rear axle. However, the Citroën C4 Aircross SUV does not have classic locks or helpful hill descent assistance. On this point, Citroën had to submit to the specifications of the Mitsubishi platform.