Citroen’s upcoming competing to the Peugeot 3008, the eye-catching C5 Aircross, has made its public debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. With styling motivated by the Aircross principle exposed at the same program in 2015, it rests on the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, which is shared with sister cars the Peugeot 3008 and the DS 7 Crossback, plus Vauxhall’s Grandland X. What’s more, it features plug-in hybrid technology. This trendy and well-equipped family car will feature an innovative suspension setup created to smooth out bumps in the roadway when it goes on sale in 2018.
The C5 Aircross’ huge front bumper, big silver-ringed air consumption and aggressive, squinting headlights might only have actually originated from the very same eccentric French maker that brought us the divisive C4 Cactus and left-field C3. On such a big SUV, however, Citroen’s signature ‘Airbump’ plastic mouldings, full-width chevron grille motif and floating roofing system style look a lot more enforcing– there’s no doubt this upcoming model will hold its own in the school carpark style stakes. A couple of neat features– such as the black-painted door pillars and tapering silver trim around the side windows– stop this big SUV from looking too top-heavy while thick black plastic side skirts and wheelarches exaggerate its high ground clearance. Both the 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross headights and eight-piece brakelights feature LED technology so you’ll never have to worry about changing fiddly blown bulbs.
Inside, chauffeurs will be treated to a pair of high-definition digital screens. One– an eight-inch touchscreen system in the centre console– will be accountable for stereo and sat nav tasks while a second 12.3-inch item replaces traditional analogue dials behind the steering wheel in a way just like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system. Top-spec cars will feature elaborately sewn leather seats with heating and massage functions for the motorist and front-seat guest while a substantial two-piece panoramic glass roof will make the cabin feel as airy and as large as possible.
The slick metal door manages, gloss black console and leather-clad control panel may recommend Citroen’s prioritised design over substance but the French firm firmly insists there’ll be ample storage space in both the centre console and under the front armrests. Sadly, the C5 Aircross’ class-leading rear legroom and reclining seats come at the expense of a couple of litres of boot area. It cannot rather match the Peugeot 3008’s 520-litre figure however its 482-litre loadbay need to still be more than big enough for the weekly shop.
The 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross is the very first Citroen to feature the brand name’s brand-new Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system, developed to offer a glass-smooth flight over rutted, unequal roadways. In addition to conventional springs and shock absorbers, the system boasts hydraulic bump stops to decrease the jolting impact of holes and speedbumps. Expect to see this modern feature on many future Citroen models.
A pair of 165hp and 200hp fuel engines will be fitted to Chinese-market versions but, when it gets here in Europe, we expect the 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross to be used with 4 diesel engines too. 2 1.6-litre units– producing 98hp and 118hp– should be offered alongside a set of more effective 148hp and 178hp 2.0-litre engines borrowed from the Peugeot 3008. All must be fitted with a six-speed automated gearbox as standard. A hybrid model will also go on sale that’ll use the combined efforts of a 200hp gas engine driving the front wheels and two 50hp electric motors powering the backs to provide better performance and reduced fuel intake over standard petrol or diesel models. Citroen states this version will have an electric-only range of more than 37 miles but hasn’t validated just how much it’ll cost.
The 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross will go on sale in late 2018 and is anticipated to cost from around ₤ 22,000. Top-spec hybrid models could set you back more than ₤ 30,000, nevertheless.