Citroen’s upcoming rival to the Peugeot 3008, the distinctive C5 Aircross, has made its public launching at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. With styling motivated by the Aircross principle revealed at the same show in 2015, it sits 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 a sophisticated suspension setup created to smooth out bumps in the road when it goes on sale in 2018.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Styling
The C5 Aircross’ large front bumper, huge silver-ringed air consumption and aggressive, squinting headlights might only have actually come from the exact same eccentric French producer that brought us the dissentious C4 Cactus and left-field C3. On such a large SUV, nevertheless, Citroen’s signature ‘Airbump’ plastic mouldings, full-width chevron grille concept and floating roof style look a lot more enforcing– there’s no doubt this upcoming model will hold its own in the school carpark style stakes. A few cool features– such as the black-painted door pillars and tapering silver trim around the side windows– stop this large 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 replacing fiddly blown bulbs.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Interior
Inside, drivers will be treated to a set of high-definition digital screens. One– an eight-inch touchscreen system in the centre console– will be responsible for stereo and sat nav duties while a second 12.3-inch product replaces standard analogue dials behind the guiding wheel in a way similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system. Top-spec cars will feature intricately sewn leather seats with heating and massage functions for the motorist and front-seat passenger while a substantial two-piece panoramic glass roofing 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 however the French company insists there’ll be ample storage area 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 few litres of boot space. It can’t quite match the Peugeot 3008’s 520-litre figure however its 482-litre loadbay ought to still be more than big enough for the weekly shop.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Engines and Driving
The 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross is the first Citroen to feature the brand’s brand-new Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system, developed to offer a glass-smooth flight over rutted, uneven roads. In addition to standard springs and shock absorbers, the system boasts hydraulic bump stops to reduce the jolting impact of holes and speedbumps. Expect to see this high-tech feature on numerous future Citroen models.
A pair of 165hp and 200hp petrol engines will be fitted to Chinese-market versions but, when it shows up in Europe, we expect the 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross to be used with four diesel motor too. Two 1.6-litre units– producing 98hp and 118hp– must be offered alongside a pair of more effective 148hp and 178hp 2.0-litre engines borrowed from the Peugeot 3008. All ought to be fitted with a six-speed automatic gearbox as requirement. A hybrid model will also go on sale that’ll utilize the combined efforts of a 200hp petrol engine owning the front wheels and 2 50hp electric motors powering the rears to offer improved performance and minimized fuel usage over basic gas or diesel models. Citroen states this version will have an electric-only variety of more than 37 miles but hasn’t verified just how much it’ll cost.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Price and Release Date
The 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross will go on sale in late 2018 and is anticipated to cost from approximately ₤ 22,000. Top-spec hybrid models could set you back more than ₤ 30,000, nevertheless.