Groupe PSA’s EMP2 platform makes yet another entrant here, with the Peugeot 3008 and the classy DS 7 SUVs being the latest duo. This time, the newest addition to the range is the 2017 Citroen C5 Aircross, which will be making its debut at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show.
The C5 Aircross is offered as a five-seater SUV, incorporating their unique hallmark “airbumps” design on the side of the car’s body. It is 4,500 mm long, 1,840 mm wide, 1,670 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,730 mm. The C5 Aircross has the longest wheelbase in its class, offering ‘Best in Class legroom’ for occupants. Boot volume meanwhile is rated at 482 litres.
Just like the soon-to-come 3008, it is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing two states of tunes: 165 hp and 200 hp. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Diesel variants are offered as well, but for selected markets only.
The bigger news here is the availability of a plug-in hybrid variant, making it the company’s most powerful production car ever. Just like the 3008, the C5 Aircross will get two electric motors that’s paired to the 1.6-litre engine, producing a combined output of 300 hp. It’s also the only variant to come with all-wheel drive, all while boasting a full electric range of 60 km.
Comfort is prioritised here, as it comes fitted with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. This system adds two hydraulic stops to each suspension unit – one for rebound and one for compression, making this the most comfortable SUV in its class. The autonomous Active Safety Brake, Active Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop Function are all part of this SUV’s safety repertoire.
The 2017 Citroen C5 Aircross will go on sale in China later this year, followed by Europe around Q2 2018. What do you guys think of the C5 Aircross?