If you’re looking for a B-segment SUV but want something French, you’re already spoilt for choice, with the likes of the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur already on the market. And now, a third contender is about to enter the segment in the shape of the Citroën C3 Aircross, which is being previewed in showrooms.

This funky tallboy runabout has a quirky style befitting the offbeat Gallic brand, with details such as the trademark split headlights, 3D-effect tail lights, chunky black mouldings and various bits of squircle-shaped decor. It also appears that buyers here will be able to specify two-tone colour schemes for the exterior, with the grey car in these pictures appearing with red highlights that extend even to the rear quarter lights.

Inside, the squircle theme continues, appearing on the air vents, steering wheel and instrument cluster. Smack in the middle of the dashboard is a seven-inch touchscreen, linked to a navigation system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink functionality.

Power comes from a 1.2 litre PureTech turbocharged three-cylinder engine, the same one you’ll find in the Peugeot 208 and 2008. It makes 110 PS at 5,500 rpm and 205 Nm at 1,500 rpm, sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds, has a top speed of 200 km/h and delivers a fuel consumption figure of 5.3 litres per 100 km on the NEDC cycle.

Standard kit includes halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch “4ever” (yes, that’s really what they’re called) two-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, a multifunction steering wheel, fabric seats, automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear parking sensors and a reverse camera.

Safety-wise, the C3 Aircross comes with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, rear ISOFIX child seat anchors and electric rear child locks. It also gets two driver assistance systems – lane departure warning and Driver Attention Alert.