Citroen’s upcoming rival to the Peugeot 3008, the distinctive C5 Aircross, has made its public debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. With styling influenced by the Aircross concept exposed at the very same show in 2015, it rests on the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, which is shown sibling cars the Peugeot 3008 and the DS 7 Crossback, plus Vauxhall’s Grandland X. What’s more, it features plug-in hybrid technology. This elegant and well-equipped household car will feature a sophisticated suspension setup developed to smooth out bumps in the roadway when it goes on sale in 2018.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Styling
The C5 Aircross’ large front bumper, huge silver-ringed air intakes and aggressive, squinting headlights might only have come from the same eccentric French producer that brought us the divisive C4 Cactus and left-field C3. On such a large SUV, however, Citroen’s signature ‘Airbump’ plastic mouldings, full-width chevron grille motif and floating roofing style look much more enforcing– there’s no doubt this upcoming model will hold its own in the school carpark design stakes. A few neat 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 ever need to fret about replacing fiddly blown bulbs.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Interior
Inside, motorists will be dealt with to a set of high-definition digital screens. One– an eight-inch touchscreen unit in the centre console– will be accountable for stereo and sat nav responsibilities while a second 12.3-inch product replaces standard analogue dials behind the steering wheel in a manner similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system. Top-spec cars will feature intricately stitched leather seats with heating and massage functions for the chauffeur and front-seat traveler while a big two-piece scenic glass roof will make the cabin feel as airy and as spacious as possible.
The slick metal door deals with, gloss black console and leather-clad control panel may suggest Citroen’s prioritised style over substance however 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 expenditure of a couple of litres of boot area. 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 store.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Engines and Driving
The 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross is the first Citroen to feature the brand’s new Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system, created to supply a glass-smooth trip over rutted, unequal roads. In addition to traditional springs and shock absorbers, the system boasts hydraulic bump stops to minimize the jolting impact of potholes and speedbumps. Expect to see this state-of-the-art feature on many future Citroen models.
A pair of 165hp and 200hp fuel engines will be fitted to Chinese-market versions however, when it shows up in Europe, we anticipate the 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross to be used with 4 diesel motor too. 2 1.6-litre systems– producing 98hp and 118hp– need to be readily available together with a pair of more effective 148hp and 178hp 2.0-litre engines borrowed from the Peugeot 3008. All must be fitted with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard. A hybrid model will likewise go on sale that’ll utilize the combined efforts of a 200hp fuel engine driving the front wheels and two 50hp electric motors powering the backs to use enhanced efficiency and minimized fuel intake over standard gas or diesel models. Citroen specifies this variation will have an electric-only variety of more than 37 miles but hasn’t validated 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 roughly ₤ 22,000. Top-spec hybrid models might set you back more than ₤ 30,000, nevertheless.