Citroën C5 Aircross

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Citroën C5 Aircross
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AssemblyFrance: Rennes (PSA Rennes Plant)
China: Chengdu (Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën)
India: Tiruvallur (Citroën India)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV (C)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformPSA EMP2 platform
RelatedDS 7 Crossback
Opel Grandland
Peugeot 3008 II/4008 II
Peugeot 5008 II
Vauxhall Grandland
Transmission6-speed manual
6 and 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length4,510 mm (177.6 in)
Width1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Height1,705 mm (67.1 in)
PredecessorCitroën C4 Aircross
Citroën C5 Estate
Citroën C4 Spacetourer (for five-seater)

The Citroën C5 Aircross is a compact crossover SUV produced by French manufacturer Citroën since 2017. It started as the Citroën Aircross concept car which was unveiled at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The production version was officially presented for the Chinese market at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Sales in China started in the fall of 2017.

In Europe, the model was presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show,[1] and sales began at the end of 2018.[2][3] In 2018 production of the C5 Aircross started as well in France at the PSA plant in Rennes. The model takes advantage of the 100-million-euro investment share of Groupe PSA.[4]

An India spec C5 Aircross is assembled in India as CKD since January 2021.[5]


The Citroën CEO, Linda Jackson, showed on her Twitter page sketches of this future SUV at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and confirmed that it would be called C5 Aircross (a name that was thought to be reserved only for China).[6] The C5 Aircross name is logical because it is the successor of the C4 Aircross and it is slightly bigger than that model and is on a segment equivalent to that of the Nissan Qashqai. Moreover, the brand does not want to nominally fragment the range of models bearing the number "4" (C4, C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso, C4 Cactus), and the C5 Aircross must also avoid cannibalizing the Peugeot 3008 (called 4008 in China), proposed at a probably-near price. Finally, it must temporarily fill the gap left by the shutdown of production of the C5 sedan in Rennes.


Rear view

The C5 Aircross takes the Airbumps of the concept on the sills, partially coloured as on the recent C3, and the front double-part, inaugurated on the latest Citroën, but in a more stretched alternative. The 3D-effect taillights are, however, abandoned in favour of rectangular four-optical lamps.

On the technical side, the C5 Aircross is part of the Citroën "Advanced Comfort" program. Efforts have focused, in particular, on interior space and interior luminosity (notably through a large panoramic sliding roof) and on suspension comfort, via a new progressive hydraulic thrust system.

Users benefit from a 12.3" TFT digital dashboard screen and an 8" capacitive HD touchscreen. In terms of driving aids, the C5 Aircross offers in the higher-end models, among other things, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring or adaptive cruise control (with automatic stop).
There are also proven technologies of PSA as the Grip Control (a kind of traction perfected) and start assist.[3]

Some vehicles also have lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition.[7]

The European version has a choice of two petrol engines: the 1.2-litre PureTech 130 hp and the 1.6-litre PureTech 180 hp, as well as two Diesel versions: the 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 hp and the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 hp. Depending on the version, these different engines can be coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox, or eight-speed EAT8 automatic transmission. Citroën also announced that the C5 Aircross will be the first Citroën vehicle equipped with a plug-in hybrid power train at the end of 2019, which should offer a range of 60 km in all-electric mode.

The engine options in China are the, for PSA China, standard modern turbocharged 1.6 (350THP) and 1.8 (380THP) engines that are used as well in the Chinese Citroën C5 and C6 and the Peugeot 4008 and 5008 and the Peugeot 508 and some DS models. All these models use the 6 speed third-generation Tiptronic automatic transmission.

The European and Chinese cars are very much alike, apart from the engine and gearbox options. The main difference is the rear seats. The European version has three individual adjustable and foldable seats, while the Chinese model has a fixed folding 2/3 bench at the back.

Concept model[edit]


The C5 Aircross full name for Chinese market is Dongfeng Citroën Tianyi C5 Aircross.

Plug-in hybrid[edit]

The hybrid versions of the Citroën C5 Aircross Will go on sale on March With a fully electric range of around 50km according to WLTP. The hybrid system combines a PureTech 180 gasoline engine that develops 180 PS with an 80 kW electric motor.[8]


Since the introduction of the model in September 2017, 23,000[9] units were sold in China that year.

Calendar year Europe[10] China[11]
2017 22,603
2018 2,562 23,340
2019 79,532 16,088

Technical data[edit]


Models 1.2 PureTech 130 1.6 PureTech 180 1.5 BlueHDi 130 2.0 BlueHDi 180
Construction period Since 2018
Engine model 3 cylinder inline-Petrol engine 4 cylinder inline-Petrol engine 4 cylinder inline-Diesel engine 4 cylinder inline-Diesel engine
Forced induction Turbocharger Turbocharger Turbocharger
Engine displacement 1199 cm³ 1598 cm³ 1499 cm³ 1997 cm³
max. Power at min−1 96 kW (129 hp; 131 PS) / 5500 133 kW (178 hp; 181 PS) / 5500 96 kW (129 hp; 131 PS) / 3750 133 kW (178 hp; 181 PS) / 3750
max. Torque at min−1 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) / 1750 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) / 1650 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) / 1750 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) / 2000
Drive Front-wheel-drive
Transmission 6-Speed-Manual transmission 8-Speed-Automatic transmission 6-Speed-Manual transmission

or 8-Speed-Automatic transmission

8-Speed-Automatic transmission
Top speed 195 km/h 219 km/h 189 km/h 211 km/h
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h 10,5 s 8,2 s 10,4 s & 10,6 s 8,6 s
Fuel consumption per 100 km (combined) 5.2 L 5.7 L 4.1 L and 4.0 L 4.7 L
CO2 emission gr/Km 119 129 106 124
Kerb weight 0 kg (0 lb) 0 kg (0 lb) 0 kg (0 lb) 0 kg (0 lb)
Tank capacity 53 l


Chinese models 350 THP 380 THP
Construction period Since 09/2017
Engine model 4 cylinder inline-Petrol engine
Forced induction Turbocharger
Engine displacement 1598 cm³ 1751 cm³
Compression ratio 9,2 : 1 9,7 : 1
max. Power at min−1 123 kW (165 hp; 167 PS) / 6000 150 kW (201 hp; 204 PS) / 5500
max. Torque at min−1 245 N⋅m (181 lb⋅ft) / 1400–4000 280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) / 1400–4000
Drive Front-wheel-drive
Transmission 6-Speed-Automatic transmission
Top speed 215 km/h
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h 9.1 s
Fuel consumption per 100 km (combined) 6.8 L 92 octane 6.9 L 92 octane
Kerb weight 1,490 kg (3,285 lb) 1,530 kg (3,373 lb)
Tank capacity 53 l


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  8. ^ "Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid Plug-In in due versioni, Feel e Shine". Quotidiano Motori (in Italian). 12 October 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  9. ^ "PSA faces 'make-or-break' year after failing to adapt to changing China". Auto news China. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
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