Citroen C5X unveiled, on sale in second half of 2021 [Video]

The Citroen C5X was unveiled this week as a D-Segment car that combines the “elegance of a saloon, the dynamism of a station wagon and the elevated stance of an SUV.” Here are the main points of Citroen’s new flagship car that has a fastback body shape:

Citroen C5X side
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  • Design inspired by the CXperience Concept; V-shaped light signatures and LED headlamps help immediately identify the car.
  • Citroën Advanced Comfort programme that has the active suspension, Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort seats.
  • Extended Head up Display, L2 semi-autonomous driving (Highway Driver Assist) and new 12-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system (featuring customizable widgets and Mirror Screen) with natural vocal recognition.
  • 4 USB Type C sockets and wireless smartphone charging.
  • Long range blind spot detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Top 360 Vision and Proximity hands-free access and start.
  • “Unparalleled” second row comfort and roominess and “360-degree glass” area.
  • Acoustic laminated front and rear windows.
  • 545L boot volume (expandable to 1,640L) with low loading sill and wide boot opening with hands-free function.
  • 19-inch tires
  • Comes in petrol and plug-in hybrid guises, targeting large car and SUV segment buyers.
    225 hp output in plug-in hybrid with 50 km EV range that can be used with a 135 km/h top speed. The base is said to be a 1.6L unit.

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Citroen C5X SpecificationValue
Length4805 mm
Width1865 mm
Height1485 mm
Wheelbase2785 mm
Boot space545 litres
Release Date (Global)H2 2021

Design

As expected, the Citroen C5X takes the form of an SUV coupe, and to an extent, a bigger version of the latest Citroen C4. Right away, Citroen fans would see hints of the 4.85m Citroen Cxperience concept in the C5X’s radical design.

Linda Jackson, who was made the CEO of Peugeot and a member of Stellantis’ Top Executive Team in January this year, had suggested that the Citroen C5 successor was not going to be a traditional sedan. “What it won’t be is a new C5,” Jackson had told autocar.co.uk in 2018. PSA planned this model with an offbeat design that becomes a talking point above everything else.

At the front, the Citroen C5 successor features a high-set, horizontal bonnet with a pair of crease lines on the sides, split headlamps, and X-shaped grille bars that stretch all the way out to become the edges of the headlamps. Overall, it’s a very striking, vigorous appearance at the front.

On the sides, the beltline remains straight for the most part, allowing a large – but still sleek – greenhouse. The roofline slopes down gently, and it is mainly from behind the C-pillar that we start seeing that coupe inspiration. The windscreen aggressively slopes at the rear, giving a sporty and aerodynamic styling, and the spoiler on the tailgate adds to the attributes. The dual light guides in the horizontally split combination lamps communicate the technical and sophisticated styling as the dual-LED DRLs in the headlamp.

Citroen C5X rear three quarters
The Citroen C5X is like a bigger, more sophisticated alternative to the latest Citroen C4. Image Source: Citroen

Interior

The interior of the Citroen C5X has an elegant design with an uncluttered dashboard in a premium design – nothing extraordinary, but elegant and stylish all the same. Slim climate control panel, wide, 12-inch touchscreen, virtual instrument cluster, compact steering, and wood trim are other visual highlights. The C5X borrows elements from the 19_19 Concept like a large-scale, full-colour head-up display and natural voice recognition. The C5X features Level 2 autonomous driving capability as well.

Quarter glass windows and a large glass sunroof ensure that there’s plenty of natural light in the cabin to keep the occupants fresh. Citroen’s emphasis on seating comfort is unmissable, and it says that the C5X’s Advanced Comfort seats are the benchmark in this aspect. It also says that the mid-size SUV-coupe offers “outstanding rear-seat space.” 545 litres of load space is available, and on folding down the rear seats, it can be increased to up to 1,640 litres.

Citroen C5X interior
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Plug-in hybrid

The Citroen C5X rides on the same platform as the Peugeot 508 and the DS 9 – EMP2. A deep level of electrification was expected, and while a pure electric powertrain hasn’t been announced, a plug-in hybrid variant is included in the range right from the debut.

Detailed specs are not out yet, but we have the outline. The C5X plug-in hybrid employs an electrified engine with 225 PS of combined power, and its battery pack allows driving solely on electric power at up to 135 km/h and for more than 50 km. It is speculated that the primary power source is a 1.6L engine.

Sales of the Citroen C5X are scheduled to commence in the second half of the year.

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