The Citroën C5 Aircross SUV will be the first Citroën available with Plug-In Hybrid e-AWD technology.
The PHEV hybrid drivetrain will comprise a 200hp petrol engine and two electric motors, and will develop total output of 300hp, resulting in the Citroën C5 Aircross being the most powerful Citroën production car ever.
Four modes of operation will be available: ‘All-electric’ (with a range of 37 miles), ‘Hybrid’ for long distances without charging, ‘Combined’ and ‘4X4’. Hybrid technology will make it possible to charge the battery during deceleration or via the combustion engine while driving.
The new Citroën C5 Aircross will be powered in China by the latest-generation petrol engines developing 165hp and 200hp, along with the EAT6 e-shift automatic gearbox.
The Citroën 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. The Grip Control provides access to five operating modes for different types of terrain: ‘Standard’, ‘Sand’, ‘Off-road’, ‘Snow’ and ‘ESP OFF’.
New C5 Aircross 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.
The new Citroën C5 Aircross is the first vehicle to be equipped with a new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions; the system delivers improved damping for better ride comfort.
The all-new C5 Aircross SUV is scheduled to launch in China this October, followed by Europe in the second half of 2018.
SUVs now account for almost one quarter of global vehicle sales.