Citroen will launch its first SUV in New Zealand next month with the arrival of the C4 AirCross.

The SUV joins the Citroen family of C4, C4 Picasso and DS4 that are already available in New Zealand.

"Although these four models sit in the same size category, they are four distinct models in their own right," said Lawrie Malatios, general manager of Citroen New Zealand.

"By providing them with their own platforms and differing drivetrains, Citroen has allowed them not to be variants of one model but to be much more capable vehicles designed to meet the specific needs in each of their own market sectors and offer Citroen customers a wider range of choice."


The C4 is a traditional five-door hatchback; the C4 Picasso, on its own separate platform, is a full seven-seat people mover providing the maximum interior space; the DS4 is a stylish prestige coupe/hatchback crossover with its own unique chassis; and the new C4 AirCross is an SUV hatchback/4WD crossover.

Powered by a new 2-litre 110 kW engine, the Citroen C4 AirCross will be available with a choice of two or four wheel drive as well as manual or a CVT self-shifting gearbox.

The 4WD variant offers a choice of two wheel drive for maximum economy; four wheel drive difficult conditions and 4WD Lock for tough conditions. The styling of the AirCross includes sculpted horizontal lines and aerodynamic vents of the front end accentuate the model's compact appearance. The contours of the bonnet - visible from the driver's seat - the wide wheel arches and the reduced front and rear overhangs all combine to enhance the overall impression of robustness.

"We have chosen this time to add a four wheel drive model to the Citroen range because, with the Citroen C4 AirCross, we have a model that perfectly complements the existing Citroen range, adding a new facet that is also an excellent fit with the New Zealand market's enthusiasm for this type of vehicle," said Malatios.

"With its styling, performance and price we are certain that it will make a significant addition to the Citroen range in New Zealand and be welcomed by both our existing owners and customers new to Citroen."

Pricing will be announced closer to its July launch.