2012 Citroen C4 Aircross SUV unveiled image

Autumn is just a boring transition to winter when rear-wheel drive comes in pretty handy on snow and ice, but that’s not Citroen’s opinion who has just unveiled a new crossover / SUV based on the C4 and named, obviously, C4 and Aircross.

The French want to catch the top of the wave and Citroen’s C4 Aircross unveil comes right after its sister brand Peugeot has presented new details about its 4008 crossover, based on the Mitsubishi ASX, which will make its official debut at the Geneva Auto Show next year.

Citroen says that its new C4 Aircross will be powered by two diesels which are coming in some different trims, like the 1.6 liter HDi with its 110 and 150 horsepower (270 Nm / 199 lb-ft), and a 1.8 liter unit delivering 148 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque (221 lb-ft), both mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission. Petrol lovers can chose from the 1.6i which is delivering 114 horsepower and 152 Nm of torque (112 lb-ft), mated to the five-speed manual transmission, or the 2.0i with its 150 horsepower, the last of them being sold only in markets outside Europe.

According to the French automaker, the new C4 Aircross, which will be available in both 2WD and 4WD, is expected to go on sale in the first half of 2012 so a possible Geneva Auto Show presence could be in the books. Citroen didn’t announce the prices for its new crossover / SUV or if the vehicle can be pre-ordered.