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Dongfeng-Citroe’s C3-XR SUV hits market in Shanghai

SHANGHAI – The C3-XR, Dongfeng-Citroën’s first SUV, hit the market in Shanghai on December 21.

With a dimension of 4,262×1,748×1,557 mm (LxWxH) and a wheelbase of 2,655 mm, the SUV has eight variations priced at ¥108,800-¥171,800 ($18,133-$28,633).

As a compact SUV built based on the EMP1 platform, the model is powered by a 1.6L CVVT or 1.6THP engine mated with a 5-speed MT, 4-speed AMT or 6-speed AMT. The maximum power of the 1.6THP engine can reach 123 kW and the peak torque is 245 Nm. The 1.6L CVVT engine’s maximum power is 86 kW and the peak torque 150 Nm.

One out of every four Citroën vehicles sold globally is delivered to China, according to Linda Jackson, CEO of the Citroën brand.

Citroën sold more than 320,000 vehicles in China in 2014, up 15.5 percent from the previous year. The brand has set a target of selling 350,000 vehicles in China in 2015, said Qiu Xiandong, president of Dongfeng-Peugeot-Citroën Automobile Co. (DPCA), a joint venture between Chinese automaker Dongfeng and French automaker PSA.

Citroën will start selling imported C4 Aircross and C4 Picasso models as of 2015. The JV, which plans to launch 8-speed ATs and DCTs in the future, will begin a new hybrid project in February 2015 and start pure electric vehicle production at proper time.

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