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Citroรซn C5 Aircross to launch next year

Citroรซn reinvents its C5 into a tech-heavy family SUV to rival the Nissan Qashqai

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Citroรซn C5 Aircross

The original Citroรซn C5 was a family saloon aimed at rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, but a combination of slow sales and declining interest in that market forced Citroรซn to axe the car last May. Now, though, the C5 is back โ€“ but not as we knew it.

What's new on the Citroรซn C5 Aircross

Just as sister brand Peugeot has reinvented its 3008 and 5008 into ultra-modern, style-led SUVs, Citroรซn has done the same to create this C5 Aircross. Its styling stays faithful to the Aircross concept car of 2015, which first showed how Citroรซn could transpose its formula from the C4 Cactus onto other vehicles.

Aimed at other small SUVs including the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and our favourite Seat Ateca, the new C5 Aircross features more space between its front and rear axles than almost any other car in this class โ€“ which should result in big space inside. In fact, with an official boot volume of 484 litres, the C5 Aircross bests the big-selling Qashqai for space, but the Ateca still offers more.

Inside, the new SUV features a digital instrument cluster โ€“ similar to the i-Cockpit design offered in the 3008 โ€“ alongside an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system on the centre console that offers Smartphone connectivity as well as satellite navigation.

What engines will the Citroรซn C5 Aircross come with?

Engine options for the UK have yet to be confirmed, but weโ€™re expecting the C5 Aircross to be offered with the same range of Puretech petrol and BlueHDI diesel engines that already feature in the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso MPVs. In both of those cars, we recommend the 1.6-litre diesel option for its gutsy yet smooth performance.

Soon after the C5 Aircross goes on sale, buyers will also be able to choose a plug-in hybrid version with four-wheel drive. In this form, the C5 Aircross gets a 200bhp petrol engine mated to an electric motor, which boost its total output to 300bhp. This version will be capable of travelling for up to 37 miles on electric power alone.

Key safety equipment on the C5 Aircross includes Active City Brake, which is Citroรซnโ€™s version of automatic emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a 360deg camera and a blindspot monitoring system.

How much will the Citroรซn C5 Aircross cost?

Itโ€™s too early to talk specific pricing, says Citroรซn, but since the C5 Aircross is the sister car to Peugeotโ€™s 3008, itโ€™s likely to cost a similar amount. The 3008 starts from ยฃ21,995, so a starting price of around ยฃ20,000 for the C5 Aircross seems likely.

Watch our full video review of the Citroรซn Grand C4 Picasso below.

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