Next-gen Citroen C5’s launch among PSA’s troika in 2021: Report

The 2021 Citroen C5 was spied on test recently, pictures posted on cochespias.net forum show. A new report from largus.fr says that the next-gen Citroen C5 will be available as a hybrid.

The 2021 Citroen C5 would ride on the same platform as the Peugeot 508 and the DS 9 – EMP2. Groupe PSA won’t reveal just yet, but a deep level of electrification for this model is expected, given the Chinese market focus. Maybe not at launch, but eventually the C5 range would have pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric powertrain options.

According to the report, Groupe PSA will offer a mild-hybrid system in the next-gen Citroen C5. An electrified dual-clutch transmission made by Punch Powertrain will be available, as per the report. This could be the DT2 unit that is designed for mild-hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

China’s huge appetite for sedans has kept automakers interested in this format even though there’s little relevance for it elsewhere in the world. Hence the launch of the next-gen Citroen C5, which could be seen as a successor to the also-defunct Citroen C6.

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The next-gen Citroen C5 or whatever Groupe PSA decides to calls its large car won’t look anything like a traditional sedan, Linda Jackson, Executive Vice President, Groupe PSA, has suggested. “What it won’t be is a new C5,” Jackson had told autocar.co.uk in 2018. This model would have an offbeat design that becomes its talking point above everything else.

The 2021 Citroen C5 would feature a radical design inspired by the 4.85m Citroen Cxperience two-box sedan concept. That’s what the company has hinted at while talking about it to the media so far. Spy shots floating on the web have suggested a sedan-crossover body style, though. The French report mentions inspiration from the Citroen 19_19 concept as well, for its SUV bits.

The next-gen Citroen C5 (codename: Citroen E43) will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in April next year, as per local reports. It will roll off the same assembly line as its platform-mate Peugeot 508 in China.

Citroen in India

The launch of Citroen in India comes with the Citroen C5 Aircross in early 2021. The SUV is available with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain internationally, but that option is not planned for release in our market. In India, Groupe PSA would directly go for pure electric cars based on its locally manufactured models developed under the ‘C Cubed’ programme. The first model from the C Cubed programme, a Tata HBX rival codenamed ‘Citroen CC21’, should go on sale in late 2021. Its pure electric variant, codenamed ‘Citroen eCC21‘, is said to follow in the first half of 2022.