Citroën C5 Aircross

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Citroën C5 Aircross
Citroen C5 Aircross, Paris Motor Show 2018, IMG 0197.jpg
Citroën C5 Aircross
Overview
ManufacturerCitroën
Production2017–present
AssemblyChina: Chengdu
France: Rennes
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
PlatformPSA EMP2 platform
RelatedDS 7 Crossback
Opel Grandland X
Peugeot 3008 II/4008 II
Peugeot 5008 II
Powertrain
Transmission6-speed manual
6 and 8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length4,510 mm (177.6 in)
Width1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Height1,705 mm (67.1 in)
Chronology
PredecessorCitroën C4 Aircross
Citroën C5 Estate
Rear view
Interior

The Citroën C5 Aircross is a compact crossover SUV produced by French manufacturer Citroën since 2017. Production started at the Dongfeng-PSA Chengdu plant in China that also produces the Peugeot 4008 and 5008 models with the same platform, engines and transmission. In 2018 production of the C5 Aircross started as well in France at the PSA plant in Rennes. This European version will be for sale internationally. The model takes advantage of the 100-million-euro investment share of Groupe PSA.[1].

History[edit]

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).[2] 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.

The Citroën Aircross concept car was unveiled at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The production version was officially presented at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Sales on the Chinese market started in the fall of 2017. In Europe, the model will be presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show,[3] and sales will start at the end of 2018.[4][5]

Features[edit]

The C5 Aircross takes the Airbumps of the concept on the sills, partially colored 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 favor 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.[5]
Acoustic insulation is excellent thanks to an especially laminated double glazed windscreen and, on the top model, front side windows.

The European version has a choice of two petrol engines: the 1.2 PureTech 130 hp and the 1.6 PureTech 180 hp, as well as two Diesel versions: the 1.5 BlueHDi 130 hp and the 2.0 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. In Europe 7 colour options are available while in China there are 5.

Sales figures[edit]

Since the introduction of the model in September 2017, 23,000[6] units were sold in China that year.


Technical data[edit]

European Production[edit]

Models 1.2 PureTech 130 1.6 PureTech 180 1.5 BlueHDi 130 2.0 BlueHDi 180
Construction period Since 2018
Characteristics
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
Transmission
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
Performance
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 & 4,0 l 4,7 l
CO2 emission gr/Km 119 129 106 124
Curb weight 0 kg (0 lb) 0 kg (0 lb) 0 kg (0 lb) 0 kg (0 lb)
Tank capacity 53 l

Chinese Production[edit]

Chinese models 350 THP 380 THP
Construction period Since 09/2017
Characteristics
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
Transmission
Drive Front-wheel-drive
Transmission 6-Speed-Automatic transmission
Performance
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
Curb weight 1,490 kg (3,285 lb) 1,530 kg (3,373 lb)
Tank capacity 53 l

Picture gallery[edit]

Citroën C5 Aircross Concept[edit]

Citroën C5 Aircross China model[edit]

The vast majority of the models sold in China are in white. The color contrast used in the front bumper, the side door padding and the roof supports are most noticeable with this color because they are orange-red. The car in the picture above carries red ribbons on the wheels and mirrors which is common practice in China when delivering a new car.

Citroën C5 Aircross Plug-in hybrid[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le futur SUV Citroën sera assemblé à Rennes". Motorsport.com (in French). 22 June 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Citroën C5 Aircross : priorité à la Chine". Le Moniteur automobile (in French). 9 March 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Citroën C5 Aircross - Un nouveau SUV chez Citroën". Motor1.com (in French). 9 March 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Citroën C5 Aircross (2018) : c'est le nom officiel du prochain SUV". L'Argus (in French). 9 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b ."Offensive SUV : Citroën révèle le nouveau C5 Aircross". Groupe PSA (in French). 18 April 2017.
  6. ^ "PSA faces 'make-or-break' year after failing to adapt to changing China". Auto news China. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

External links[edit]

Official website China: http://www.dongfeng-citroen.com.cn/c5aircross/