The Citroen Aurcross concept has been grabbed on camera prior to the official premiere of the model, scheduled for April 20 at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show

The Citroen Aurcross concept has been grabbed on camera prior to the official premiere of the model, scheduled for April 20 at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show.

Following the official press images, released by the French company last week, the first live photos of the Aircross concept are already available on the web, showing the vehicle looks even sexier in the metal, featuring massive wheels and distinctive front end.

The Aircross previews a future production SUV that will be positioned above the C4 Cactus. The study is powered by a plug-in hybrid system that includes a 218 bhp (162 kW) and 203 lb-ft (275 Nm) 1.6-liter gasoline engine, supported by a rear-mounted 95 bhp (71 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) electric motor . The combined output stands at 313 bhp (233 kW), which is enough for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of 4.5 seconds.

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