Three months after, wrapped in liquid blue dotted with touches of phosphorescence, the coquettish prototype was presented in Geneva, the Double Chevron’s segment B crossover has been revealed in its production variant. With a surprise that immediately reshuffles the stylistic cards: the hallmark airbumps, so significant for the C3 and especially for the C4 Cactus, here disappear altogether, swept away by inspired design that has produced multiple, new points of attraction.
For example the handling of the third side light, enriched by a horizontal coloured piping pattern that evokes the stylised slats of a Venetian blind. Or the structure of the front, borrowed from the concept but giving up on the separate fog lamps (a must in the segment) and playing instead, under the slim daytime lights, on a complex square headlight capable of integrating all lighting functions.
Attracting most interest, however, is the cockpit, which on the prototype had not gone beyond a rendering. “In laying out the essential but muscular dash, you note more than one reference to the iconic Aircross concept of 2015, like the vertical lateral air vents”, explains Jean-Arthur Madeleine, head of interior design. A winding strip of fabric gives the interior a sense of almost domestic wealth.
“The goal is to reach out to families by building a universe that is half way between a crossover and an MPV, customisable of course”. With fully 85 bodywork variants (combining the colours of car body, roof and details) and 5 interior design schemes, even the most non-conformist parents will feel satisfied.