Citroen C-Crosser: the lowdown
Here's Citroen's C-Crosser SUV, a Mitsubishi Outlander with a facelift and butt-tuck. It's also the sister car of the Peugeot 4007, another badge-engineered French 4x4 revealed on CAR Online today. As with the 4007, Citroen has taken the Outlander, grafted on its corporate nose, added different 18-inch wheels and tweaked the rear lamps. Both 4x4s run the 2.2-litre diesel, with 156bhp. The C-Crosser is due in the UK in summer 2007, priced from £22,790.
PSA Peugeot-Citroen claims to have extensively revised the Outlander's chassis for French duty, having signed the agreement with the Japanese in 2005. The brakes, steering and suspension have all been fettled. Each car has the same multi-mode drivetrain, with two-wheel drive, 4x4 and low range gears. It's a smart move from both PSA and Mitsubishi. The French have leap-frogged into the 4x4 market, which now accounts for 6 percent of European sales, while Mitsubishi will get more volume off the Outlander programme, boosting profitability.