Part of marque’s strategy to recapture our market.
French carmaker Citroen is making up for lost time in our market, capitalising on the popularity of SUVs by coming in hot with the new C5 Aircross. First seen back in May, the C5 Aircross marks the brand’s firmest and most focused foray into the world of mid-sized SUVs, and sits alongside other Groupe PSA offerings like the DS 7 Crossback and Peugeot 3008.
“The all-new C5 Aircross is a return to Citroen’s comfort credentials and, symbolically, arrives in time for the marque’s 100th anniversary. Citroen has long been synonymous with comfort, and the all-new C5 Aircross will see us return to this territory, supported by the rest of the Citroen range. The all-new C5 Aircross will underpin Citroen’s lineup in its century year, bringing with it standout styling, unrivalled comfort, and a new focus on SUVs for Citroen in Australia.” — Ben Farlow, Managing Director, Citroen Australia
Riding on the same EMP2 platform that underpins the Peugeot 3008 and the DS 7 Crossback, the C5 Aircross shares broadly similar dimensions, and so it easily eclipses segment players like the Nissan Qashqai. If the C5 Aircross looks a little familiar, it might be because you’re familiar with its Chinese counterpart of the same name. Indeed, the Chinese-market C5 Aircross debuted about a year ago. However, the car that debuted in France (and is coming here) is not only revised to suit global tastes, but it’s also being built in France, rather than in China.
The C5 Aircross continues the unique design themes that we’ve seen from Citroen of late. The fascia is dominated by the full-width double-chevron element, which frames the upper light cluster to form a loop. The dual-tier lights are also present and correct, while contrast-colour elements in the front (and down the sides) break up what might’ve otherwise been visually monotonous.
The profile of the Aircross reveals things like toned-down Airbumps, which now sit at the bottom of the door rather than right through the middle, as well as two-tone roof-rails that highlight the C5’s floating roof design. The glasshouse is described as a 360º wraparound thanks to blacked-out pillars, with the whole element broken up only by a prominent chrome strip that frames the passenger windows. And at the rear, you’ll find integrated tailpipes and a unique set of taillights, featuring 3D light play making them look mesmerising at night.
Motivational force comes from a choice of two turbo-petrol engines, and two turbo-diesels. The Puretech 130 and BlueHDi 130 both come as standard with a six-speed manual box, while Puretech & BlueHDi 180s will get an eight-speed auto. Regardless, drive will go to the front wheels for now, while we await an e-AWD system to arrive with a PSA plug-in hybrid.
The C5 Aircross’ cabin continues the theme of uniquely-Citroen design, with a wide, high centre console, broken up by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Illuminated cupholders, a ‘butterfly-opening’ central storage cubby, and dedicated phone charging space means that the C5 Aircross’ cabin is both gorgeous and functional. Citroen promises a generous use of plush, forgiving material all-round as part of the company’s drive to offer “peerless comfort.”
The seats are of the ‘Advanced Comfort’ variety, featuring extra padding for maximum comfort and support. The cabin can be trimmed in a variety of upholsteries, ranging from fabric all the way up to Nappa leather. The glass used features a laminated layer to ensure maximum insulation from the outside world, too. No wonder then that Citroen claims the C5 Aircross is the most comfortable car in its class.
The C5 Aircross isn’t all plush and no smarts, though. That 8-inch central touchscreen features things like smartphone mirroring for Android and Apple devices, a 360º parking camera, and a dash-cam (built into the rear-view mirror). Further smarts include a variety of advanced driver assistance systems, with the headlining feature going to Highway Driver Assist, which is essentially a motorway-optimised semi-autonomous driving system that allows the car to take the edge off long-distance driving.
With specifications and further details on hold until we get closer to launch, be sure to stay locked into CarShowroom as we bring you more updates as they come.