The new Citroen C3 Aircross is the next SUV to be revealed by the French carmaker, just a few months after the debut of the C5 Aircross. Now a global model rather than being reserved for the Latin America market, the C3 Aircross replaces the C3 Picasso and is based on the latest C3.

In terms of styling, the C3 Aircross is largely inspired by the C-Aircross Concept that was revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Highlights include a two-tier lighting setup with LED DRLs in the upper section, 3D-effect rear taillights, a higher ground clearance (20 mm more than the C3), skid plates, roof rails and C-pillar graphics.

Plenty of customisation options available, with up to eight body colours, four roof colours and four colour packs, five interior design schemes, as well as 16- and 17-inch wheel designs to choose from.

Inside, the same funky design of the C3 is emulated here, with a few revisions to the shape of the air-con vents, switchgear, upholstery and trim.

The C3 Aircross measures 4,150 mm long, 1,760 mm wide and 1,640 mm tall, with a wheelbase spanning 2,600 mm. The latters allows for a 60:40 split-folding rear bench with folding seat backs plus seats in two independent parts sliding through 150 mm.

In its standard configuration, the SUV offers 410 litres of boot space, which can be increased to 520 litres with the rear bench slid forwards. Should you require more space, 1,289 litres of boot space is available when the rear bench is folded down. For added practicality, the dual-height mobile boot floor provides a flat floor with the rear seatbacks folded down.

A range of petrol and diesel engines will be available for the C3 Aircross, including three PureTech petrol engines developing between 108 hp to 128 hp, and three BlueHDi diesels serving up between 89 hp to 118 hp. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or EAT6 automatic, both of which send drive to the front wheels.

To help cope with slippery surface, the C3 Aircross comes with Citroen’s Grip Control system, which offers Standard, Sand, All-Road, Snow or ESP OFF modes. There’s even a Hill Assist Descent function to help drivers cope with steep inclines.

As for equipment, the list includes items like a colour head-up display, Park Assist, keyless entry and start, wireless smartphone charging, Citroen Connect Nav and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay support.

The car also gets various driver assist technology like a lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, driver fatigue sensing system and active parking assistance.