Citroen has unveiled its answer to the Mazda CX-5 by launching its new C5 Aircross SUV in Europe this week.
The French marque promises to offer the “most comfortable model in its segment”, combining clever suspension solutions with a plush cabin loaded with luxury car features.
Key technology for the C5 Aircross includes a suite of 20 driver aids including a 360-degree camera, autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality. Up front, drivers benefit from a 12.3-inch widescreen digital dashboard with customisable layouts, along with a central 8-inch screen loaded up with sat nav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless charging.
New front seats are available with front heating and massaging systems, while rear accommodation is split into three separate chairs with fore-aft and reclining adjustment.
Citroen offers the interior in a choice of five interior “ambiance” themes – standard, wild grey, metropolitan beige, metropolitan grey and hype brown.
The exterior brings a choice of seven body colours along with silver, white and red “colour packs” bringing highlights for the front bumper, side airbumps and roof bars.
Four alloy wheel designs range from 17 to 19 inches in diameter, bolted to new suspension with “progressive hydraulic cushions” which promise a more compliant ride then conventional suspension systems with rubber bump stops.
European customers can choose from five engines. People who prefer petrol can choose between a pair of 1.6-litre turbo motors including a 96kW unit paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a 130kW model mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Three diesel engines are also available overseas, and they will be joined by a plug-in hybrid model at the end of 2019.
Offering 230mm of ground clearance and a minimum 580 litres of boot space with the rear seats slid all the way back, the Aircross promises to be one of the more practical models in its class.
Citroen says the car is intended to be sold in 92 countries around the world. While there is no firm commitment for Australia, the brand’s local arm says it is closely examining a business case for the machine.
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