Citroen is no stranger to big half-track vehicles. Back in 1922 Andre Citroën built a six-wheeler that made the first motorized crossing of the Sahara Desert, and now Citroen is back at it again with this:
The Citroen Cruise Crosser, an all-terrain concept vehicle produced by the Espera Sbarro School in partnership with Citroën Styling. Based on Citroën’s first luxury 4WD, the C-Crosser is fitted with three axles and six wheels that give it traction in the harshest possible conditions, such as snow, sand or mud.
You have to admit that its one hell of bright car. For those who want to be spotted, this is the vehicle of choice. Furthermore the Cruise Crosser has a big open space at the back to provide seating for extra passengers with a third removable seat row or a vast loading area for trouble-free transport of luggage, shovels, tents and other accessories. The opening mechanism of the tailgate makes loading easier, while step plates on both sides of the vehicle facilitate access to the rear compartment.
It sounds good on the outside, and its even better on the inside. The leather seats in rows 1 and 2 boast a particularly high-tech design, with mesh-style hide confirming both the vehicle’s sporting vocation and the care that went into providing passengers with total travelling comfort.
You would think that a vehicle this big would be guzzling fuel and destroying the earth where even it roamed? Well not really, Citroen’s continued commitment to cutting fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is apparent in this car. The Cruise Crosser has a hybrid diesel drivetrain combining a combustion diesel engine with an electric motor located under the tipper bed.
Traction is boosted by the third axle, used along with the other drive wheels on harsh terrain featuring rocks, sand or snow. Used alone, this third axle makes it possible to drive in “Zero Emission Vehicle” mode. In this mode, the silent and non-aggressive Cruise Crosser is in perfect harmony with its environment.
It also doesn’t skip on the technology, the vehicle comes with sand boards at the rear for extrication, satellite navigation system, a DVD player and also when travelling on poorly surfaced mountain roads and other uncivilised terrains, drivers can activate the third electric axle for extra traction.