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Citroën Reveals C5 Aircross: The New-Generation SUV

Citroën premieres a new-generation SUV at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show: C5 Aircross. Inspired directly by the Aircross Concept that was unveiled in 2015, it combines assertive design with interior space for the well-being of everyone on-board. A ‘people-minded’ SUV, this new model benefits from the latest technologies that ensure easier driving and a modern approach to comfort. New C5 Aircross represents an important milestone in the development of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. This is the world premiere of a revolutionary new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™, which delivers a uniquely smooth and comfortable ride that is typically Citroën. New C5 Aircross is scheduled to launch in China in the second half of this year and in Europe in 2018.


Citroën is paving the way with a new generation of SUVs with more personality and ease of use for everyone on-board. New C5 Aircross stands apart with its unique, dynamic and confident appearance, inside and out. The high bonnet line, 2.73m wheelbase, short overhangs, flowing organic lines and strong graphic features, convey a bold and comforting identity. The brand is once again demonstrating its capacity to make a statement about its unique identity and its ability to renew established codes in any segment.

Inside, welcoming seats, a wide and tall central console, and soft and warm materials enhance the feeling of protection and comfort. Taking advantage of the EMP2 platform, this new car offers intelligent architecture and enhanced well-being on-board. The available space is open and full of light, thanks to the panoramic sunroof. There are front heated seats with massage functions and welcoming rear seats with extra leg room. The atmosphere inside the car is even purified thanks to air quality treatment.

Equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch HD touchscreen, New C5 Aircross also features a wireless inductive charging function for smartphones as well as an array of cutting-edge driving aids, including Active Safety Brake, Active Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop Function. The car even features Grip Control and Hill Assist Descent Control to help you enjoy an off-road adventure in complete safety. New C5 Aircross will also be the first Citroën available with PHEV Plug-In Hybrid technology.

 "The New C5 Aircross is the symbol of a brand with strong momentum, in touch with the expectations of customers in regions all over the world. It is the first practical illustration of our offensive on the SUV market, illustrating our ability to approach it in our own way, with greater emphasis on character, comfort and on-board well-being.  New C5 Aircross will clearly be a major growth driver for Citroën.

Linda Jackson, Citroën  CEO




The styling of New C5 Aircross is entirely in-line with the Aircross Concept that was presented at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2015. Among the SUV fundamentals, the protective panels on the lower body and wheel arches are enhanced with the graphic contours of the Airbump® inserts, which include a splash of colour to bring modernity and character to New C5 Aircross. The window line is highlighted by a C-shaped, chrome-finished signature for a very original side view.

The four 3D LED oblong modules making up the rear lights on each side of the car are easily recognisable, striking and eye-catching, emphasising the width of the car. The range of exterior colours adds to the status of the car: there is timeless Pearl White, Perla Nera Black, Platinium Grey and – above all – Volcano Orange, which is a bold new shade close to the original colour of the Aircross Concept. Two bright and fashionable metallic touches are available to bring more personality and elegance to the car: in red or silver. These subtle touches contrast with the exterior bodywork by underlining the roof bars, adding refinement and elegance to the floating roof. These colours can also feature on the lower air intakes of the front bumper and the Airbump® sections on the front doors.

"Faithful to the Aircross Concept, unveiled two years ago in Shanghai, New C5 Aircross is Citroën's take on the SUV world. Featuring our clearly identifiable style markers, it is a powerful, modern vehicle whose unique stance sets it apart in the SUV market."
Alexandre Malval, Citroën Design Director




The cabin of New C5 Aircross conveys a strong suggestion of comfort as soon as you open the doors. The high driving position and the stylish, welcoming interior are totally coherent with the exterior styling. On the driver's side, there is a 12.3-inch digital display cluster. In the centre, the air vents and the 8-inch HD touchscreen form a perfectly integrated unit. The tall, wide centre console features soft materials and generous storage. There is also a wide central armrest with an array of practical storage compartments. The cabin is bathed in light, thanks to the generous panoramic sunroof and glass right around the car.

New C5 Aircross is available with a wide choice of materials, from 3D woven mesh to Nappa leather, personalising the interior ambience to suit the customer's wishes, from casual to executive.The opulent, generous interior of New C5 Aircross was designed for a simple, relaxed driving experience, reassuring occupants through its rational layout, intelligent design and quality of build.


A perfect alliance between comfort and technology, New C5 Aircross is leading the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. New C5 Aircross premieres Citroën's new suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™. The ability to develop comfortable suspension systems has been part of the brand's DNA for almost 100 years. Twenty patents have been filed as part of the development of this new suspension system. Whereas a conventional suspension system is made up of dampers, springs and mechanical bump-stops, the new Citroën system adds two hydraulic stops to each suspension unit – one for rebound and one for compression.

"With New C5 Aircross, Citroën embodies the implementation of its international product offensive in SUVs. An energetic and powerful design, and the world premiere of the suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ – a Citroën exclusive – at the heart of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, bringing unrivalled comfort and underlining the reference expertise of the brand in terms of on-board well-being.

Xavier Peugeot, Citroën Product Director



The wide, thick seats with their welcoming backrests invite passengers to step on-board New C5 Aircross to enjoy an original travelling experience in exceptional comfort. Dominating the road with a raised position, these seats are designed for support and comfort. Passengers feel as if they are relaxing in armchairs, insulated from the road.

Along with heating functions, the front seats are available with an advanced multi-point massage system using eight pneumatic chambers in the backrest. With five massage programmes, this system lets the driver and passenger each select the type of massage they require.



Acoustic insulation is excellent, thanks to laminated double glazed windows. An insulation layer helps to reduce road and wind noise. Passengers enjoy a cocoon-like experience. Particular emphasis was placed on the sound insulation in the engine compartment.

New C5 Aircross offers a cabin air quality function. The Air Quality System (AQS) is integrated into the automatic air conditioning system and features an active carbon filter to trap external particles as small as 2.5µm.

With one of the longest wheelbases in its class (2,730mm), New C5 Aircross provides ‘Best in Class’ space for all occupants. At the front, the non-intrusive dashboard creates a spacious feel while rear passengers benefit from generous legroom (201mm) and headroom (954mm).

The storage compartments are large and ingeniously designed, allowing passengers to find a place for all of their everyday belongings. There is a wide, deep central console concealing a large cooled compartment under the central armrest. There are cup holders integrated in the central console for the front passengers, or hidden in the rear central armrest for the rear passengers.

The tailgate is hands-free and electrically operated. The driver simply waves a foot under the rear bumper to open it. With its wide opening, its square shape and generous space of 482 litres, the boot will undoubtedly meet the expectations of potential customers. The two-level boot floor makes it possible to partition the space in order to safely store smaller items. It gives the opportunity to create a totally flat floor thanks to the ‘Magic Handle’ that is accessible from the boot, which is useful to fold the rear seats (60:40 split) without any effort.


New C5 Aircross provides all occupants with cutting-edge systems that enable them to remain connected: to talk, to navigate and to relax. For example, New C5 Aircross features a wireless induction charging function for smartphones.

This advanced SUV features new-generation navigation with Citroën Connect Nav – a 3D connected navigation system with a range of advantages. Linked to the 8-inch HD touchscreen, this system features voice recognition, enabling the driver to control the Navigation, Telephone and Media systems without taking their eyes off the road. The system also includes the Mirror Screen function (in particular Apple CarPlay™), allowing the driver to safely display smartphone apps on the touchscreen. It will also provide connected services such as weather or traffic information.

To help the driver to concentrate and to lighten their mental load, New C5 Aircross features the very best driving aids available. Useful and reassuring in everyday use, they are designed to prevent accidents and contribute to an easier driving experience. These aids constitute the first step on the road to autonomous vehicles.

• Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation: recognises speed limits and displays this information on the instrument cluster. This speed limit can be entered easily as a setting for the cruise control/speed limiter function.

• Automatic Dimming Headlights: a function that automatically switches from high beam to low beam, and vice versa.

• Active Safety Brake: prevents collisions thanks to a camera at the top of the windscreen and a 24GHz sensor in the front bumper, which identify and analyse obstacles. The system slows the vehicle automatically if a potential collision is identified.

• Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop Function: senses the car in front, using a sensor in the front bumper, and automatically maintains the vehicle at the safe distance pre-selected by the driver. The system will bring the car to a stop if necessary. The driver can select a speed and enter settings for the distance between vehicles, as well as limiting acceleration when cornering.

• Active Lane Departure Warning System: using a camera at the top of the windscreen that identifies road markings, the system corrects the vehicle’s course by warning the driver as soon as it senses that the vehicle is about to change lanes without using the indicator. If the driver wishes to maintain the course of their vehicle, they can override the system by keeping a firm grip on the steering wheel.

• Active Blind Spot Monitoring System: warns the driver when a vehicle is present in the blind spot using indicators in the door mirrors. If the active lane departure function is switched on and the driver starts to change lanes without using the indicator, torque is applied to the steering wheel to dissuade the driver and prevent a collision.

• Vision 360: provides an aerial view of the area around the vehicle using 180° cameras at the rear and front of the vehicle.

All these driving aids are controlled via the 12.3-inch configurable fully-digital instrument cluster facing the driver. Carrying over the modern, original design of the Aircross Concept, New C5 Aircross also has several modes that enable the driver to select the information to be displayed: navigation, on-board computer, driving aids, dials or a personalised mode.




New C5 Aircross is equipped with Grip Control, which works with special 19-inch wheels and Mud & Snow tyres. Designed to help the car move over difficult terrain, Grip Control delivers the benefits of intelligent traction in off-road mode. It uses an advanced anti-skid function built into the ESP computer, which manages the traction from the driven wheels. It includes a number of modes for different types of terrain. The Grip Control provides access to five operating modes: ‘Standard’, ‘Sand’, ‘Off-road’, ‘Snow’ and ‘ESP OFF’.

New C5 Aircross also features Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC), a new function to help the driver safely control and steer the vehicle on steep slopes. The system is able to maintain a low vehicle speed for greater control and safety.


This will be the first Citroën vehicle to feature the Plug-In Hybrid PHEV e-AWD drivetrain, bringing amazing dynamic performances. This hybrid drivetrain will comprise a 200hp petrol engine and two electric motors, and will develop total output of 300hp. New C5 Aircross will then become the most powerful Citroën production car ever. Four modes of operation will be available: ‘All-electric’ (with a range of 60km), ‘Hybrid’ for long distances without charging, ‘Combined’ and ‘4X4’. This innovative technology will make it possible to charge the battery during deceleration or via the combustion engine while driving. 

As a new and crucial step in the growth strategy of Citroën, New C5 Aircross claims an assertive and energetic character, exceptional comfort and cutting-edge technologies.

Technical characteristics:

• Length: 4.50m
• Width: 1.84m
• Height: 1.67m
• Wheelbase: 2.73m
• Boot capacity: 482 litres