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AUTO NEWS – New Citroen C5 X flagship crossover set to supply ‘final consolation’

New Citroen C5 X flagship crossover set to supply ‘final consolation’


Citroen continues to plough its personal furrow with its deal with consolation, and the brand new Citroen C5 X flagship is claimed to be the final word expression of rest and well-being. Initially, let’s clarify the title: the X is simple – it is a crossover melding the styling and angle of saloons, SUVs and station wagons.

However C5? Wanting on the C5 X, it’s a world away from the extra practical and playful character of the C5 Aircross compact SUV; a deal extra premium with its extra thought of traces and minimalist, elegant inside. Nevertheless, it does share the identical EMP2 platform, plus petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with the C5 Aircross (and different bigger members on the PSA aspect of the brand new Stellantis group).

The naming is greatest defined by Citroen CEO Vincent Cobee, who informed us, “We’ve had a whole lot of touring autos prior to now referred to as C5. We see this as a well-deserved, hedonist supply, not a luxurious supply – it’s a dream you’ll be able to have.”

That’s mirrored within the pricing, anticipated to begin from round £27,000 going as much as round £35,000 for the plug-in hybrid model. For that you just get a automobile that measures 4,805mm lengthy, so it’s barely longer than a Peugeot 508 SW, however with a barely shorter wheelbase at 2,785mm.

The main focus with the C5 X is on roominess, although, each within the cabin and within the 545-litre boot (once more, barely larger than the 508 SW’s) that can apparently maintain a washer when the seats are folded and the complete 1,640 litres area is revealed.

The C5 X takes its styling inspiration from the C-Xperience idea proven on the 2016 Paris Motor Present. The low, broad nostril options outstanding double chevrons within the centre that splay outwards in direction of a brand new V-shaped mild signature with slim LED DRLs sitting above the principle headlight items.

The lengthy bonnet will get a particular hump within the centre, whereas tall, slender wheels fill arches trimmed with delicate SUV-style cladding. There’s no signal of any air bumps alongside the aspect, simply mild creases on the backside of the doorways, whereas there’s a outstanding kick upwards within the window line above the rear wheels.

On the again the bumper is clad in black plastic – one other nod to SUV styling – whereas there are two spoilers; one on the high and one on the backside of the rear glass. LED lights comply with these on the entrance in a V-shaped association, whereas each the double chevron and the Citroen title sit on the hatch door to depart you in little doubt of the automobile’s provenance. All of it provides as much as a super-stylish, very trendy crossover that’s nonetheless very Citroen.

Till we’ve had an opportunity to sit down within the C5 X, we’re unable to confirm whether or not Citroen has managed to make extra space than we’ve seen so removed from a automobile on EMP2, however the claims are that it will likely be ‘a passenger compartment worthy of a lounge space’ with ‘unparalleled roominess’.

You’ll be sitting on Superior Consolation seats that characteristic particular padding like a mattress topper, whereas Superior Consolation lively suspension debuts on the plug-in hybrid model, providing three modes to boost the effectiveness of the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions which can be normal on the remainder of the vary.

One other first for the C5 X is an all-new 12-inch HD infotainment touchscreen that, like the brand new C4, has the heating and air flow controls separated sitting decrease down on the clear, uncluttered sprint. The infotainment additionally options over-the-air updates, whereas there’s the choice of a complicated head-up show that’s a sizeable 21 inches broad.

Voice recognition, plus degree two autonomous know-how that blends adaptive cruise management with lane holding help add to the protection and wellbeing of the driving force and occupants, whereas wi-fi smartphone charging and mirroring on the infotainment display are among the many comfort options.

Citroen has already mentioned that there gained’t be a diesel within the C5 X line-up, regardless that full engine particulars at present stay below wraps. We’d count on the 128bhp 1.2 PureTech three-cylinder petrol engine from the C5 Aircross to characteristic, though that automobile’s 222bhp plug-in hybrid system, providing a most vary of 31 miles when totally charged, has been confirmed.

There’s the chance {that a} bigger battery might ultimately discover its method into the C5 X PHEV, although, based on Cobée. “This may evolve,” he informed us. “Sure, we can enhance zero emissions vary within the lifetime of the automobile.”

A completely electrical model is much less possible. “Full electrical is in our minds, however not in our plans,” mentioned Cobée. “It may be an evolution relying on battery know-how and charging infrastructure – in three to 4 years, it might be extra related.”

We’re going to have to attend some time for the C5 X within the UK, although. Though the brand new automobile debuts in France on the finish of 2021, the primary automobiles over right here aren’t set to reach till the primary quarter of 2022.

Click on right here for our in-depth overview of the Citroen C5 Aircross…

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AUTO NEWS – New Citroen C5 X flagship crossover set to supply ‘final consolation’
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