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C5 Aircross: the “green” high wheels

History, motorsport and new technologies come together in the brand new Citroën C5 Aircross. In Paris, Linda Jackson, CEO of the French brand, presented the European version of the first medium-sized SUV that will introduce for the first time the plug-in Hybrid (Phev) technology , expected by the end of 2019. A strategy that fits into the Larger design announced by Carlos Tavares, number one Psa, which provides electrification of 80% of the (group) range by 2023. The Double Chevron, therefore, expands the range of SUVs with a medium model that, built in France , has a close relationship with Peugeot 3008 sharing the Emp2 platform. The car is 4.50 m long, 1.84 m wide and has a wheelbase of 2.73 m. The load capacity ranges between 580 liters and 1,630 liters with the seats folded down.

Aesthetically the resemblance with the younger sister C3 Aircross is evident and there are numerous contrasting color details. In total there are 30 combinations of the body and 5 interior environments. Compared to competitors such as Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar or cousins ​​Peugeot 3008 and Opel Grandland X is distinguished by an element that comes from the brand’s DNA: the suspension with hydraulic dampers progressive. 

It is a technology that takes up the story (hydropneuamic suspensions) and the results of the development of the French brand in Motorsport, where jumps and valleys require the best possible excursion at the moment of impact. The goal is to maintain comfort on board, which we also found in a very short stretch of closed road that we have traveled.

The interiors are comfortable and spacious, with numerous storage compartments and there is a large enough wireless charging for the latest generation of smartphones. The dashboard is 12.3 “digital and in the center console there is an 8” touch display compatible with Android Auto, Apple Car Play and Mirror Link. 

There are 20 driver assistance systems, including the Highway Driver Assist technology, an autonomous level 2 driving device. The petrol and diesel engines include powers from 130 hp to 180 hp to the new automatic transmission. In addition, it will be the first Citroën model to use the rechargeable hybrid technology from the end of 2019. The arrival is scheduled for the end of the year. Prices are not known but should be in line with the price lists of competitors, ie from € 23 thousand.

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