Depending on the selected mode it will also be possible to charge the battery during deceleration or via the petrol engine while driving which should help increase the range slightly and improve fuel efficiency.
Whether or not the C5 Aircross is a good choice for company car drivers remains to be seen. If there is a diesel option, or the new Hybrid system proves even better than it sounds, then the C5 Aircross is likely to start appearing in office car parks across the land some time next year.
The only thing we can say with any confidence is that if that happens, the Citroen C5 Aircross will make those car parks much brighter places.
- Bold and contemporary styling
- Focus on comfort and practicality
- Packed with latest technology and connectivity
- No diesel options as yet but new PHEV Hybrid system could be key
FOLLOWING the introduction of the funky C3 Aircross at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Citroen has now confirmed the plan to engage in an all out assault on the SUV market. Albeit with a slightly different approach.
The bold colours and contemporary design of the Aircross concept may not be to everyone’s taste but there’s no doubt the mid-sized C5 version will be a popular choice.
Love it or loathe it, in a world of sensible understatement the C5 Aircross doesn’t just shout, it jumps on the table and dances.
The interior carries the same design-led approach that combines modern styling with practicality. There is lots of space thanks to a longer wheelbase, and acres of glass and a panoramic roof bathe the interior in light.
Add in the soft-touch materials, curving lines, and lots of little design details and, cliché though it is, the C5 Aircross cabin looks like a lovely place to sit.
It’s also loaded with enough technology to satisfy all but the most ardent technophile:
- wireless induction charging for smartphones;
- large eight-inch touchscreen;
- 3D navigation system;
- voice control; and
- various connected services to receive traffic and weather updates.
The C5 Aircross will ensure you get to the office on time, tell you when the sun is shining at the beach, and take you to either in a highly fashionable fashion.
If the C5 Aircross is going to fall down anywhere it’s on engine options. The C5 Aircross will go on sale in China this October and hit the European market in the second half of 2018.
According to Citreon, the Chinese models will be powered by two petrol engines with either 165bhp or 200bhp, and a six-speed automatic transmission.
There’s no mention of a diesel option which the European market and tax aware company car drivers would require. Nor are there any emissions figures so it’s impossible to say how efficient those petrol versions will be.
That being said, the C5 Aircross will be the first Citroen to have the new Plug-in Hybrid system. A 200bhp petrol engine with two electric motors producing a total of 300bhp. This new PHEV e-AWD system can be run in all-electric mode with a range of 60km, Hybrid, Combined and 4×4.
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