C3 Aircross here in November

Citroen's C3 Aircross crossover arrives next month.

The all-new Citroen C3 Aircross is due to arrive in Irish showrooms from November. It's Citroen's smallest SUV to date and enters a highly competitive segment, which currently accounts for 16 per cent of all new vehicle registrations in Ireland. Unlike the C3 and C4 Cactus, the C3 Aircross does away with the distinctive Air Bumps in favour of an upright look that emphasises its SUV roots.

Like many of its rivals, the C3 Aircross will be available in a wide selection of colours and contrasting colour packs. The latter bring some additional style by offering a second colourway that features on the roof bars, headlight surrounds, wheel centre caps, door mirrors and on the rear C-pillar, which is perspex to allow more light into the cabin. Higher spec models will also get chunky looking plastic bash plates on the front and back that are painted in anthracite.

Citroen will offer buyers the choice of both diesel and petrol engines. Although four-wheel drive isn't available, the C3 Aircross will be available with the company's Grip Control technology. This uses electronics and software to control the amount of intervention given to the front wheels depending on the surface, theoretically allowing for greater levels of traction.

Inside, buyers will be able to have keyless entry and start, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring among the many available options. The car will also feature the choice of voice-controlled 3D satellite navigation and wireless smartphone charging. On the practical side, the 60/40 split folding rear seats are capable of sliding fore and aft, enabling the boot to increase from the standard 410 litres to 520 litres.

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