Citroen has launched its electric offensive with its technological flagship, the new C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, and first deliveries will take place this summer.
The French marque says the launch marks the start of a range transformation, which, in addition to efficient internal combustion engines, will be enhanced from 2020 with 100 per cent electric and plug-in hybrid options.
In 2020, Citroen says it will make low emission vehicles accessible to all through the introduction of six new electrified models within the range. All new models launched by the brand will feature an electrified version by 2025. And the C5 Aircross Hybrid sells along the internal combustion versions that have already sold some 100,000 units.
Already touted as the ‘e-Comfort Class’ SUV, thanks to its suspension with ‘progressive hydraulic cushions’, its ‘advanced comfort’ seats and 19 driving assistance technologies, the new C5 Aircross SUV enters yet another phase with the new plug-in hybrid offering.
Citroen claims driving characteristics are inspired by customers’ needs. These include zero CO2 emissions on a daily basis in 100 per cent electric mode, up to (31mile/50kmi range ), and the flexibility for longer trips thanks to the advanced and award-winning ’PureTech’ petrol engine.
The French carmaker also boasts that in electric mode, a tranquil atmosphere with minimal noise, bumps or vibrations are big attributes. It also claims the new C5 Aircross SUV plug-in hybrid offers a high-end driving experience, a performance thanks to the combination of a180hp petrol engine, an 80kW electric motor and an e-EAT8 automatic gearbox, deliverin a claimed 225hp of accumulated power and instantly available torque of 320Nm.
Citroen claims the new C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid is the most modular SUV within its segment: three individual sliding, tilting and foldable rear seats, and best in class load space from 460-litres to 600-litres.
It offers a claimed range of up to 31miles (50kmi ) in electric mode, CO2 emissions of 39g/km and consumption of 166mpg (1.7 L/100km )i – WLTP cycle.
The new C5 Aircross Hybrid is Citroën’s first plug-in hybrid model in the brand’s ‘Core Model Strategy’, which by 2023 will lead to 80 per cent of the range having an electrified version, followed by 100 per cent by 2025, with a promised new electrified offer every year.