Citroen C5 Aircross - New generation of SUV debuts

Citroen C5 Aircross

The all-new C5 Aircross SUV is scheduled to launch in China this October, followed by Europe in the second half of 2018.

The C5 Aircross will come powered by the choice of gas engines or a combination gas-electric powertrain, making it the first ever hybrid offered by Citroen.

As yet, only the combined 300hp plug-in hybrid power train (a combination of a 200hp petrol engine and electric motors) has been confirmed for the United Kingdom, while the Chinese market will definitely get the 165 and 200hp 1.6-litre petrol engines, combined with six-speed automatic gearbox. The four-wheel-drive hybrid model will have a claimed all-electric range of up to 60km.

Other non-hybrid petrol engines, plus some frugal diesel units, are likely to feature for the C5 Aircross range when it arrives in the UK.

Engine insulation as well as double-glazed front windows have been added to reduce road and wind noise, while ride quality is expected to match the calm environment thanks to Citroen's new "Progressive Hydraulic Cushion" suspension system which features secondary dampers filled with hydraulic fluid. That's because the C5 Aircross gets Citroen's next-generation replacement for its old pneumatic suspension that combines soft springs with hydraulic bump stops for both rebound and compression. Set to go on sale in the United Kingdom towards the end of 2018, the new vehicle puts the focus on passenger comfort and will feature what Citroen says is a "revolutionary new suspension system" that will help deliver a comfortable ride. Product boss Xavier Peugeot says it will be "the most comfortable SUV on the market".

Citroen C5 Aircross top

Measuring in at around 4.5m long, 1.84m wide and standing 1.67m tall, cabin space is boosted by a 2.73m wheelbase that's said to provide for best-in-class cabin space. It will be taking on Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca for rivalry in the market.

As is becoming more and more common, the Citroen C5 Aircross will feature a suite of electronic safety aids that includes automatic dimming headlights, adaptive cruise control with stop function, active lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and cameras all-round to help the driver avoid obstacles when tackling low-speed manoeuvres.

While some design element from the 2015 concept have been toned down, the C5 Aircross carries a similar shape along with the panoramic sunroof and chrome C-pillar.

The C5 Aircross will make its first public appearance later this week at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show.

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