Citroen has released images and details on its new SUV – the new C5 Aircross, which is set to go on sale in China before the end of the year before launching in Europe in 2018.
Following on from the success of the squishy but not spikey C4 Cactus, the C5 Aircross will sit on the same EMP2 platform as the second-generation 3008, C4 Picasso and Peugeot 308 models.
It will be the first car to make use of a new suspension system with what are being called ‘progressive hydraulic cushions’, which aims to deliver improved damping for exceptional ride comfort.
Citroen says the C5 Aircross will be a ‘people-minded SUV’ and boast a unique, dynamic and confident appearance, not too dissimilar to the Aircross Concept that was unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2015.
Visual traits will include a high bonnet line, short overhangs and strong graphic features to shape a bold yet comforting look.
Under the bonnet will be a choice of two petrol engines, pumping out 162bhp and 197bhp respectively, and mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, although a manual option is almost certain to be on the table for UK buyers.
In addition to premiering a new suspension system, the car will also be the first from PSA Peugeot-Citroen to be available as a plug-in hybrid, boasting a powertrain that brings together a 197bhp petrol engine and the two electric motors for a combined power output of 295bhp.
It will also be super spacious inside, thanks in part to its 2,730mm wheelbase, one of the longest in its class.
Expect all the usual mod cons that come with new cars these days too, such as an eight-inch HD touchscreen, an electric hands-free tailgate, emergency self-braking, speed sign recognition and hill assist descent control.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: “The C5 Aircross will almost certainly provide a healthy boost to Citroen’s sales. The new model represents the brand’s first real shot at an SUV and after how well received the C4 Cactus was, we can’t wait to see this finally out on UK roads next year.”