This is the new Citroen C3-XR for the China car market

Published on October 5, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

This is the new Citroen C3-XR for the China car market

This is the brand new Citroen C3-XR SUV, a new contender in the highly competitive and highly lucrative compact SUV segment in China. Citroen debuted the C3-XR on the sidelines of the Paris Auto Show. The Citroen C3-XR will debut in China on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November and launch on the China car market in December. The C3-XR debuted as the C-XR concept on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April.


The Citroen C3-XR will be manufactured in China by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. There will be two engines available: a 163hp 1.6 turbo and a 1.8 with a yet unknown output. The 1.8 will be the base model. Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic, sending power to the front wheels.


As for now there are no plans to manufacture the C3-XR anywhere else in the world, but it is possible that the China-made car will be exported to neighboring countries in the future.

The exact origin of the platform is a bit misty, with some Chinese media saying it is based on the same platform as the Citroen DS 6 SUV, and other saying it is based on the same platform as the Peugeot 2008 SUV. We know the length and wheelbase of all three vehicles, so let’s compare:

C3-XR:   4260, 2655.
DS 6:      4553, 2732.
2008:    4180, 2540.

The C3-XR seems to sit somewhere in the middle.


Still got that weird rear bumper. On the right a twin-exhaust pipe in a specially spared area. on the left just such an area again, but without the pipes. Check:


French license plate for cool pictures but France will never ever see the C3-XR.


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  1. RR ltd Co.- October 6, 2014 Reply

    [quote] French license plate for cool pictures but France will never ever see the C3-XR.[/quote]

  2. DidierATL- October 7, 2014 Reply

    Why?! Maybe because they are a French manufacturer and the pictures were taken in Paris! This is on the banks of the Seine River and I recognize a Paris phone number in the background – probably because they were showing it at the Mondial de l’Automobile. Which I will be visiting next week… Yeah!

    1. Navigator84- October 9, 2014 Reply

      Hello Didier!

      The C3-XR is not shown at Mondial de l’Automobile but in the Citroën’s C_42 store on Champs-Elysées.

      It is a fake French licence plate, a letter is missing.
      French licence plate : F… XX-123-XX ….

  3. max- February 7, 2015 Reply

    W-092-AV is a temporary car manufacturer french licence plate.

    1. Navigator84- February 7, 2015 Reply

      Really ? I never see one before. Thank you !

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