Citroen C5 Aircross SUV: costs and specs revealed

New mannequin goals to be most snug and spacious SUV in phase

Citroen has launched UK pricing and specification particulars of its new Nissan Qashqai-rivalling C5 Aircross forward of it occurring sale in December.

Accessible from £23,225 for the entry-level Really feel version, the C5 Aircross is supplied with an eight-inch touchscreen and 12.Three-inch digital instrument show, wi-fi smartphone charging and Citroen’s new Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system as normal on all fashions. A complete of 20 driver help programs are included, too.

The Really feel trim bundle comes with a 1.2-litre, Three-cylinder PureTech petrol engine in entry-level kind,  whereas a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engine is offered from £24,725, each of which produce 128bhp. Consumers even have the choice of a 6-speed guide or EAT8 Eight-speed computerized gearbox. 

Mid-level Aptitude trim begins at £25,325 with the guide gearbox, and computerized variants are an possibility from £28,425. A bigger, 178bhp 2.Zero-litre diesel engine could be geared up from £30,325. Additionally out there at this degree is a contrasting black roof, and a half-leather inside. 

A 1.6-litre PureTech petrol engine, providing 181bhp, is an possibility for each Aptitude and Aptitude Plus fashions. 

The range-topping Aptitude Plus could be geared up with all engines, with top-spec fashions costing £32,725.   

With gray fabric inside fitted as normal to automobiles with the Really feel trim bundle, Aptitude and Aptitude Plus fashions could be optioned with Brown Nappa leather-based seats, alcantara seat backs, a two-tone leather-based steering wheel and a variety of metallic and pearlescent exterior paint finishes.

It's the second mannequin to obtain Citroën’s new rally-derived Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system, following the C4 Cactus, which goals to ship “peerless consolation” whereas retaining the relaxed traits of the corporate’s long-standing hydropneumatic system.

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The 2-stage system has two hydraulic stops on both facet, with one for compression and the opposite for rebound. Based on Citroën, this leads to “a magic carpet journey” even when driving over uneven floor. For main impacts, the hydraulic stops work with the spring and shock absorber to keep away from jerky motion and undesirable bouncing.

Superior Consolation upholstery, distinctive to the European-spec C5 Aircross, goals to additional enhance inside consolation with thicker, softer seat padding and larger adjustment. All three second-row seats are the identical width, so the center passenger has simply as a lot room because the others.

Double-laminated entrance home windows and engine bay soundproofing intention to scale back exterior noise, whereas an lively air high quality system makes use of an air-purifying carbon filter.

Citroën head of product Xavier Peugeot stated this can make the C5 Aircross "probably the most snug SUV in the marketplace", bringing “an all-new degree of total consolation” to the phase.

The C5 Aircross, which is four.5 metres lengthy and 1.84m huge, is constructed on the identical EMP2 platform as PSA group’s different SUVs, the Peugeot 3008 and DS 7 Crossback, however with a 2.73m wheelbase that makes it bigger than each the Qashqai and Ateca.

This offers the C5 Aircross the most important storage capability of any SUV within the phase, based on Citroën, with 580-720 litres with the second-row seats in place. All three rear seats slide, incline and fold flat to offer a complete 1630 litres of storage.

The manufacturing model of the C5 Aircross has been toned down from the idea, with Citroën’s signature airbumps being a lot much less outstanding right here than they're on the C4 Cactus.

It has a entrance grille impressed by the China-only C6 saloon and cuts down on the quantity of plastic on present to attraction to a Chinese language viewers, nevertheless it retains a component of the facet safety that made the C4 Cactus stand out.

Citroën head of design Alexandre Malval described the C5 Aircross as “an asserted design” that may “allow it to seduce clients in each market world wide”.

It additionally continues the pattern for expansive personalisation choices first seen on the C3 Aircross and C4 Cactus, with seven physique colors, a alternative of 17in, 18in or 19in alloy wheels and three color packs so as to add contrasting highlights to the entrance bumper, Airbump facet panels and roof bars.

A plug-in hybrid variant, a primary for any Citroën, due in early 2020. It is going to be the one 4x4 mannequin within the vary; the present petrol and diesel variants are two-wheel drive solely, however they embrace Citroën’s Grip Management system to handle traction throughout Customary, Sand, Off-road, Snow and ESP Off modes.

All C5 Aircross variants might be constructed in Citroën’s Rennes-La Janais facility, with automobiles arriving at dealerships in late 2018.

Behind the wheel of a C5 Aircross Prototype 

We briefly drove the Aircross in prototype guise on a brief, closed-course dealing with circuit comprised of easy tarmac, cobbled roads and a good few pace humps.

As with the C4 Cactus, it was inconceivable to not discover the additional padding within the Superior Consolation seats as quickly as we sat down: posterior-sinkingly mushy at first, however with with sturdy facet bolsters and loads of under-thigh assist.

On the transfer, the progressive hydraulic cushions helped the automotive glide over regular roads, with much less vibration over rougher surfaces than conventional dampers. Not like older Citroens, which had been additionally famend for his or her snug, floaty rides, the C5 isn’t upset by high-frequency bumps.

The system isn’t infallible, with pace bumps particularly nonetheless capable of unsettle the journey, however for probably the most half it offers the C5 character distinctive amongst its friends.

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