France's latest entrant into the burgeoning small SUV segment launches with just one trim level priced from $32,990.
Citroen Australia has priced and specified the 2019 C3 Aircross of our market, set to take on the likes of the Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3.
Priced from $32,990 plus on-road costs, the C3 Aircross is available in just one trim level, with a fairly comprehensive level of standard equipment.
Highlights include city autonomous emergency braking (up to 30km/h), blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, driver attention alert, a colour head-up display, speed sign recognition, an automated parking assistant, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with inbuilt satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, Qi wireless phone charger, an auto-dimming electrochromic rear-view mirror, along with automatic headlights and wipers.
Other standard features include 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, keyless entry with push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera with 180-degree top-vision view, LED daytime-running lights, and single-zone climate control.
Power comes from the familiar PSA 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that currently serves in various models like the C3 hatchback and Peugeot 308, developing 81kW of power and 205Nm of torque – the latter available from 1500rpm.
Drive is sent exclusively to the front wheels via a six-speed Aisin-sourced torque converter automatic as standard.
Citroen claims the C3 Aircross will use 6.6L/100km on the combined cycle, and emit 142g/km of CO2. Oddly, the French brand has deleted idle stop/start technology from local models.
While the company says the C3 Aircross has "everything standard" in its press materials, any colour other than white is a cost option, commanding a $595 premium.
There's also no sign of a panoramic roof, interior colourways, or alternative alloy wheel finishes unlike its C3 stablemate.
However, every finish comes with a contrasting roof and a colour highlight pack, which brings accents for the roof rails, rear quarter window, mirror caps, headlight surrounds, and wheel centre caps in orange, white, black or sand depending on the body colour chosen.
Unlike the related C3 hatchback, Citroen has limited the choice of exterior finishes to reduce complexity for dealers – let us know your thoughts on that in the comments.
Stay tuned for our launch review this Friday. Click on the images for the full gallery.