New C5 Air­cross suv is the most com­fort­able and mod­u­lar suv in its seg­ment

The Corkman - - SUMMER MOTORING 2018 -

CITROËN has re­vealed the Euro­pean ver­sion of its flag­ship New C5 Air­cross SUV as the brand con­tin­ues its in­ter­na­tional SUV of­fen­sive.

The new-gen­er­a­tion SUV has a unique and as­sertive per­son­al­ity, and fea­tures an all-new per­son­al­i­sa­tion of­fer­ing with 30 ex­te­rior colour com­bi­na­tions. New C5 Air­cross SUV is the most com­fort­able model in its seg­ment, thanks to the Citroën Ad­vanced Com­fort pro­gramme, Pro­gres­sive Hy­draulic Cush­ions® sus­pen­sion and Ad­vanced Com­fort seats.

New C5 Air­cross SUV also boasts unrivalled mod­u­lar­ity with three in­di­vid­ual slid­ing, fold­ing and re­clin­ing rear seats, and best-in-class boot space. The mod­ern and high-tech New C5 Air­cross is equipped with 20 driver as­sis­tance sys­tems (incl. High­way Driver As­sist and Grip Con­trol®) and six con­nec­tiv­ity tech­nolo­gies (incl. Wire­less Smart­phone Charg­ing). New C5 Air­cross will launch in Europe at the end of 2018 and will be the first Citroën with a plug-in hy­brid pow­er­train at the end of 2019.

In­spired by cus­tomers who do not want to sac­ri­fice prac­ti­cal­ity and com­fort, Citroën is ac­tively mov­ing into the C-SUV seg­ment – a grow­ing mar­ket sec­tor in Europe, and one that al­ready ac­counts for a quar­ter of car sales world­wide.

Fol­low­ing the re­sound­ing sales suc­cess of New C3 Air­cross in the B-SUV seg­ment, which has al­ready sold more than 80,000 units since its launch late last year, Citroën is con­tin­u­ing its SUV of­fen­sive with the Euro­pean re­veal of New C5 Air­cross. New C5 Air­cross has al­ready sold over 40,000 units in China.

The new C5 Air­cross SUV stands apart through its en­er­getic and as­sertive per­son­al­ity. Mea­sur­ing 4.50m long, the new model is ro­bust, mus­cu­lar and pow­er­ful. Its flow­ing shape is punc­tu­ated with strong graphic touches such as the Air­bump® pan­els, large 720mm-di­am­e­ter wheels, a ground clear­ance of 230mm and dis­tinc­tive roof bars. The cabin gives an im­me­di­ate im­pres­sion of pro­tec­tion and space, with a large hor­i­zon­tal dash­board, en­velop­ing seats, a road-dom­i­nat­ing ride height, as well as a wide cen­tral con­sole and the use of warm ma­te­ri­als. Like all of the lat­est Citroën mod­els, New C5 Air­cross has a broad range of per­son­al­i­sa­tion fea­tures. A pos­si­ble 30 dif­fer­ent ex­te­rior colour com­bi­na­tions are avail­able, with seven body colours, a black two-tone roof op­tion and three Colour Packs – in­clud­ing coloured in­serts on the front bumper, the Air­bump® pan­els on the lower part of the front doors, and on the roof bars. It also comes with five in­te­rior am­biances with match­ing colours and ma­te­ri­als, of­fer­ing clar­ity and warmth in a trendy and pre­mium ‘ca­sual chic’ style.

New C5 Air­cross SUV: the most com­fort­able and mod­u­lar SUV in its seg­ment

New C5 Air­cross SUV ex­cels through its com­fort and spa­cious in­te­rior thanks to the Citroën Ad­vanced Com­fort® pro­gramme. It fea­tures two ma­jor in­no­va­tions: Citroën’s new sus­pen­sion with Pro­gres­sive Hy­draulic Cush­ions® and Ad­vanced Com­fort seats with their unrivalled abil­ity to of­fer peer­less ride com­fort, the re­sult be­ing an out­stand­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all pas­sen­gers. New C5 Air­cross SUV de­liv­ers unique mod­u­lar­ity in the seg­ment de­rived from Citroën’s know-how in the world of MPVs, with three in­di­vid­ual, slid­ing, fold­ing and re­clin­ing rear seats and best-in-class boot vol­ume of 580-litres to 720-litres (depend­ing on sec­ond row seat po­si­tion).

New C5 Air­cross SUV fea­tures a 12.3-inch Thin Film Tran­sis­tor (TFT) dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter and an 8-inch touch­screen, plus 20 lat­est-gen­er­a­tion driver as­sis­tance tech­nolo­gies. These in­clude High­way Driver As­sist, a level-two au­tonomous driv­ing sys­tem, as well as six ad­vanced con­nec­tiv­ity tech­nolo­gies. The new, ul­tra-con­nected model can be equipped with Wire­less Smart­phone Charg­ing and Con­nect­edCAM Citroën™. Pow­ered by ef­fi­cient and high-per­for­mance petrol and diesel en­gines rang­ing from 130hp to 180hp and the Citroën brand’s new EAT8 au­to­matic gear­box, New C5 Air­cross will be the first Citroën avail­able with plug-in hy­brid (PHEV).

Set for launch in Europe at the end of 2018, New C5 Air­cross SUV will be pro­duced in France at the Rennes-La Janais plant.

New C5 Air­cross SUV is avail­able with a range of high-per­for­mance lat­est-gen­er­a­tion Euro 6.2 en­gines, ideal for day-to-day driv­ing as well as hol­i­days and week­end get­aways. They are equipped with a 6-speed man­ual gear­box or the 8-speed EAT8 au­to­matic gear­box, for op­ti­mum driv­ing plea­sure and re­mark­able ef­fi­ciency:

• Two petrol ver­sions: PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed man­ual and PureTech 180 S&S EAT8

• Three diesel ver­sions: BlueHDi S&S 130 6-speed man­ual, BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8 and BlueHDi 180 S&S EAT8

To­wards the end of 2019, New C5 Air­cross SUV will be­come the first Citroën equipped with a plug-in hy­brid (PHEV) driv­e­train, with low CO2 emis­sions and a range of 37 miles (60 km) in ZEV mode.

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