Citroën C5 Aircross revealed in Shanghai

By CARSIFU | 18 April 2017

SHANGHAI: The Citroën C5 Aircross is making its world debut at the 2017 Shanghai auto show.

It will launch in China in October, followed by Europe in the second half of 2018.

Citroen's latest vehicle is aimed at cashing into the SUV trend that has swept the world and now accounts for almost one quarter of global vehicle sales. Citroën said the C5 Aircross would be one of several upcoming SUVs with more personality and ease of use for everyone on-board.


Inspired by the Aircross Concept that was unveiled in 2015 here, the C5 Aircross is the first vehicle to be equipped with a new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. This system delivers improved damping for exceptional ride comfort that is synonymous with Citroën.

Powered in China by the latest-generation petrol engines developing 165hp and 200hp, along with the EAT6 e-shift automatic gearbox, the C5 Aircross promises driving comfort, driving pleasure and outstanding efficiency.

This will be the first Citroën vehicle to feature the Plug-In Hybrid PHEV e-AWD drivetrain, bringing amazing dynamic performances. This hybrid drivetrain will comprise a 200hp petrol engine and two electric motors, and will develop total output of 300hp. New C5 Aircross will then become the most powerful Citroën production car ever.


Four modes of operation will be available: ‘All-electric’ (with a range of 60km), ‘Hybrid’ for long distances without charging, ‘Combined’ and ‘4X4’. This technology will make it possible to charge the battery during deceleration or via the combustion engine while driving.

The high bonnet line, short overhangs, flowing organic lines and strong graphic features, convey a bold and comforting identity. It gets full LED headlights and four 3D LED oblong modules making up the rear lights. The tailgate is hands-free and electrically operated.

At 4.5m long, the vehicle has as 2.73m wheelbase and a 482l boot space. The two-level boot floor makes it possible to partition the space in order to safely store smaller items. It gives the opportunity to create a totally flat floor thanks to the ‘Magic Handle’ that is accessible from the boot, which is useful to fold the rear seats (60:40 split) without any effort.


Inside, welcoming seats, a wide and tall central console, and soft and warm materials enhance the feeling of protection and comfort. Taking advantage of the EMP2 platform, this new car offers intelligent architecture and enhanced well-being on-board. The available space is open and full of light, thanks to the panoramic sunroof. There are front heated seats with massage functions and welcoming rear seats with extra leg room. The atmosphere inside the car is even purified thanks to air quality treatment.

To attract younger buyers, the C5 Aircross provides features for occupants to stay connected such as a wireless induction charging function for smartphones, mirroring function for Apple Carplay on the 8-inch HD touchscreen and navigation.


The vehicle also packs in driving aids that are the precursor to driverless vehicles. The aids include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop Function, Active Safety Brake, Speed Sign Recognition, Active Blind Spot Monitoring System, Automatic Dimming Headlights, Active Lane Departure Warning System and panoramic view.

Like the Peugeot 3008, the C5 Aircross is equipped with Grip Control, which works with special 19-inch wheels and Mud & Snow tyres. Designed to help the car move over difficult terrain, Grip Control delivers the benefits of intelligent traction in off-road mode.


It uses an advanced anti-skid function built into the ESP computer, which manages the traction from the driven wheels. It includes a number of modes for different types of terrain. The Grip Control provides access to five operating modes: ‘Standard’, ‘Sand’, ‘Off-road’, ‘Snow’ and ‘ESP OFF’.

The vehicle also features Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC), a new function to help the driver safely control and steer the vehicle on steep slopes. The system is able to maintain a low vehicle speed for greater control and safety.