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Shanghai show: Citroen goes soft with C5 Aircross
Soft sell: Citroen is introducing its ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’ suspension with the C5 Aircross that promises “exceptional” ride comfort.
Citroen’s C5 Aircross will hit European showrooms next year, but no word on Aus
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19 April 2017
CITROEN has lifted the covers from its Mazda-CX-5-rivalling C5 Aircross at the
Shanghai motor show, revealing a new mid-size SUV that promises cushioning
levels of ride and comfort that the brand is known for.
The C5 Aircross is the latest model in the French car-maker’s SUV model
onslaught that started with the oddball C4 Cactus in 2015 and ramped up with
the C3-based C-Aircross from last month’s Geneva motor show.
Citroen has confirmed that the C5 Aircross will initially go on sale in China
in the second half of this year before being offered in Europe by the end of
It is unclear if it will be offered in Australia, or if it will indeed be built
in right-hand-drive configuration, but GoAuto has contacted Citroen’s
Australian distributor Sime Darby Motors Group for clarification.
If it does get the green light for Australia, it would compete against a
diverse range of models, including the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 as well as
the Volkswagen Tiguan and the mechanically related 3008 from sister brand
The C5 Aircross is underpinned by PSA Group’s ubiquitous EMP2 platform that
forms the basis of the C4 Picasso, Peugeot 308 and the 3008 SUV.
Its 2730mm wheelbase is just 30mm longer than the CX-5, but Citroen has not
provided any other dimensions.
As part of the brand’s recently announced ‘Citroen Advanced Comfort’ program,
the C5 Aircross marks the debut of the ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’
The system harks back to Citroen’s floaty cushioning suspension setups from
some of its most iconic historical models, with the company saying it improves
“damping quality for an exceptional level of ride comfort, that is typically
Citroen has remained faithful to the design of the Aircross concept from the
2015 Shanghai show, with the muscular bodylines, blacked-out lower panels,
darkened C-pillar, distinctive front-end styling with the now familiar split
headlights from other Citroen products, sporty looking wheels and contrasting
Describing it as a “People-Minded SUV,” the French car-maker has ditched the
futuristic look of the concept’s cabin in favour of a more realistic, but still
modern, design theme.
It features a 12.3-inch TFT digital cluster and an 8.0-inch high-definition
touchscreen surrounded by boldly designed air vents that are replicated at the
edges of the dash.
According to Citroen, it also has an opening panoramic sunroof, heated fronts
seats with a massage function, “leading” legroom in the rear, and an air
quality treatment function.
Driver assistance and active safety features include Active Safety Brake,
Active Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop function,
Grip Control and Hill Assist Descent Control.
Citroen has confirmed that the C5 Aircross will be the first model from its
stable to be offered with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, but it has not detailed
any other powertrain choices.
They are, however, likely to include some small capacity petrol and diesel
engines found in various PSA products already.