Citroën surprised everyone by launching a commercial version of its C-Crosser 4x4 at the 2008 British Motor Show. C-Crosser is Citroën’s take on the Mitsubishi Outlander and Peugeot also markets it as the 8007, although there is no LCV model. The conversion is undertaken locally and it has to be said that it’s to a very high standard and features a full height bulkhead, with a perspex window.
Power comes from a 2.2-litre common rail HDi turbodiesel and there’s a maximum of 156hp on tap at 4,000rpm. Peak torque of 380Nm is available at a reasonably low 2,000rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard.
Just like on the Outlander the four-wheel drive system is part-time and in two-wheel drive mode it’s the front wheels doing the work. Switch to all-wheel drive mode using the electronic turn knob and the rear wheels are engaged with torque automatically switched to the wheels with the most grip. Select ‘Lock-up’ and 1.5 times more torque goes to the rear.
The load area offers 2.3m3 of space and features six recessed load tie-down points. Gross payload is 743kg and the floor is fully carpeted; smart, but not particularly practical. Access to the load area is excellent thanks to the two rear side doors and an asymmetrically split rear tailgate. The smaller bottom section drops down to aid the loading of heavy items. All the rear windows are black-out.
Specification is high with ABS and ESP (plus traction control) fitted as standard. The cab features driver, passenger, lateral and curtain airbags, air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors and cruise control among the goodies. The higher VTR+ trim adds alloy wheels, front fog lights, leather trim and chrome roof bars.
C-Crosser is Citroën’s first foray into the 4x4 LCV market and it’s a well-specced addition to its impressive line-up.