Citroen’s upcoming competing to the Peugeot 3008, the captivating C5 Aircross, has made its public launching at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. With styling inspired by the Aircross idea exposed at the same show in 2015, it rests on the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, which is shown sis 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-appointed household car will feature a sophisticated suspension setup developed to smooth out bumps in the road when it goes on sale in 2018.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Styling
The C5 Aircross’ huge front bumper, huge silver-ringed air consumption and aggressive, squinting headlights could only have actually originated from the very same eccentric French manufacturer that brought us the dissentious C4 Cactus and left-field C3. On such a big SUV, nevertheless, Citroen’s signature ‘Airbump’ plastic mouldings, full-width chevron grille concept and drifting roofing system style look much more imposing– 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 overemphasize its high ground clearance. Both the 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross headights and eight-piece brakelights feature LED technology so you’ll never need to worry about changing fiddly blown bulbs.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Interior
Inside, motorists will be dealt with to a set of high-definition digital displays. One– an eight-inch touchscreen system in the centre console– will be accountable for stereo and sat nav duties while a second 12.3-inch product replaces conventional analogue dials behind the steering 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 huge two-piece panoramic glass roofing will make the cabin feel as airy and as large as possible.
The slick metal door deals with, gloss black console and leather-clad dashboard might recommend Citroen’s prioritised design over substance but the French firm insists there’ll be adequate storage space in both the centre console and under the front armrests. Regrettably, the C5 Aircross’ class-leading rear legroom and reclining seats come at the cost of a few litres of boot space. It can’t quite match the Peugeot 3008’s 520-litre figure however its 482-litre loadbay must still be more than big enough for the weekly shop.
2018 Citroen C5 Aircross Engines and Driving
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 provide a glass-smooth ride over rutted, irregular roadways. In addition to standard springs and shock absorbers, the system boasts hydraulic bump stops to minimize the jolting result of pits and speedbumps. Expect to see this state-of-the-art feature on lots of future Citroen models.
A pair of 165hp and 200hp fuel engines will be fitted to Chinese-market versions but, when it shows up in Europe, we anticipate the 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross to be offered with four diesel engines too. 2 1.6-litre systems– producing 98hp and 118hp– must be readily available together with a pair of more powerful 148hp and 178hp 2.0-litre engines obtained from the Peugeot 3008. All need to be fitted with a six-speed automated transmission as standard. A hybrid model will also go on sale that’ll utilize the combined efforts of a 200hp fuel engine owning the front wheels and 2 50hp electrical motors powering the backs to provide enhanced efficiency and reduced fuel intake over standard petrol or diesel models. Citroen states this version will have an electric-only variety of more than 37 miles but hasn’t confirmed 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 around ₤ 22,000. Top-spec hybrid models could set you back more than ₤ 30,000, however.