CitroŽn C5 Aircross
SUV OFFENSIVE: CITROňN
REVEALS THE NEW C5 AIRCROSS
CitroŽn is premiering at the 2017 Shanghai Motor
Show a New-Generation SUV: C5 Aircross. Directly inspired from the
Aircross Concept, unveiled in Shanghai in 2015, it mixes an asserted
design with an interior space focused on the well-being of each
passenger: a “People Minded SUV”, human-oriented. With its flowing and
muscled bodylines, the new C5 Aircross imposes its natural difference:
a unique stance, conveying energy and self-confidence. With generous
dimensions for all passengers, it benefits from the highest level of
technology aiming to ensure a modern and global approach of comfort. C5
Aircross is a big milestone in the CitroŽn Advanced Comfortģ programme
with the World Premiere of the “Progressive Hydraulic CushionsTM”
suspension, delivering a unique smooth comfort of suspension that is
typically CitroŽn. Scheduled for launch in China in the second half of
the year, and at the end of 2018 in Europe, the new C5 Aircross is a
major asset in CitroŽn's international offensive in 2017.
Following the C-Aircross Concept
presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, heralding the C3 Aircross SUV
in Europe for the end of 2017, CitroŽn is continuing its offensive in
the SUV segment with the global reveal of the new C5 Aircross.
Targeting global markets, this SUV marks a new stage in the deployment
of the Brand’s product strategy. The SUV trend has swept the world to
account for almost one-quarter of global vehicle sales today. SUVs meet
universal expectations in an aspirational and strong way, suggesting
freedom and reassurance and relying on evocating and clearly defined
markers, such as large wheels, muscled and protective design and this
king-of-the-road feeling. CitroŽn gets into this trend that is bringing
growth in every market in complete harmony with its own DNA.
Attentive to the expectations of customers who no
longer want to sacrifice convenience to image alone, CitroŽn is paving
the way for a new generation of SUVs with more personality and ease of
use for all passengers while maintaining all the conventional cues.
With this car directly inspired from the Aircross
Concept unveiled two years ago in Shanghai, the Brand is once again
demonstrating its capacity to make a statement of its unique identity
and to renew established cues in any segment: CitroŽn offers here a
real signature in the universe of SUVs.
01. DESIGN: A DYNAMIC AND ASSERTED SUV
AN SUV READY TO LEAP
styling of the new C5 Aircross is entirely in line with the Aircross
Concept unveiled two years ago at the Shanghai Motor Show. The concept
was applauded for its colourful personality, unique stance and bright
interior. Its styling and size (4.50 m long, 1.84 m wide, and 1.67 m
tall) place C5 Aircross at the core of the C-segment SUVs.
new C5 Aircross refreshes established cues on this segment with a
stance that is powerful and decisive without being aggressive. Its
character is expressed in its overall balance, tall bonnet and
horizontal waistline parallel to the road, covering the generous
contours and flowing, organic forms. The new C5 Aircross conveys a
sense of confidence and dynamic energy, a calm strength without
arrogance: a new form of expression in the highly codified world of
With its floating roof and the continuous line formed by
the 360į windows, with the black windscreen pillars and quarter windows
flowing seamlessly into the rear window, the C5 Aircross has a strong,
contemporary, stylish identity.
The wide, imposing front end
clearly expresses the identity of CitroŽn, with the presentation of the
chevrons and the full-LED layered light signature on the prominent
grille. The upper lamps with the daytime-running lights and indicators
are picked out in chrome while the lower lamps are set into the grille,
giving the C5 Aircross a modern, expressive look.
The long, tall
bonnet with its marked contours immediately brings to mind the Aircross
Concept, highlighting the robust strength and durability of this
protective, go-anywhere vehicle. The lower part of the front bumper
includes cleverly positioned protection, while the smooth, flowing
design lines continue the gentle, monolithic lines of the body.
The powerful, robust lines of the body include an array of strong graphic features contributing to functionality.
- Among the SUV fundamentals, the protective
panels on the lower body and wheel arches are enhanced with the graphic
contours of the Airbumpģ, including a splash of colour and bringing
modernity and character to C5 Aircross.
- The glazing line is highlighted by a "C"
chrome-finish signature, providing the personality of the C5 Aircross
and reflecting its interior space. Like a nod to the Aircross Concept,
this lateral signature endows the C5 Aircross with an original profile.
- The four 3D LED oblong modules making up the
relief of the rear lights at each side constitute a turning-heads light
signature, both graphical and technical. Easily recognisable, striking
and eye-catching, it emphasises the width of the car.
- The new C5 Aircross makes a statement in
personalisation. The range of exterior colours on the C5 Aircross
showcases the status and personality of C5 Aircross: the timeless Pearl
White, Perla Nera Black, Platinium Grey and Squirrel Brown, and above
all Volcano Orange, a new bold, attractive shade close to the colour of
the Aircross Concept. Two bright and fashion metallic touches are
available to bring more personality and elegance: red or silver. These
subtle touches playing the contrast with the exterior bodywork
underline the roof bars, adding refinement and elegance to the floating
roof. This colour is also present on the lower air intakes of the front
bumper and the Airbumpģ on the front doors.
- The scoops on the front and rear bumpers, and
the rear spoiler, underline aerodynamic body lines, further enhancing
the expressive, dynamic character of the C5 Aircross.
Sitting squarely on its large 720 mm diameter
wheels, the new C5 Aircross is ready to leap. It ships with a choice of
17, 18 or 19-inch wheel rims, the two largest being diamond-cut for an
executive finish with real visual impact.
"Faithful to the Aircross Concept, unveiled two
years ago here in Shanghai, the C5 Aircross is CitroŽn's take on the
SUV world. Featuring our clearly identifiable style markers, it is a
powerful, modern vehicle whose unique stance sets it apart on theSUV market."
Alexandre Malval, CitroŽn Design Director
A GENEROUS, MODERN CABIN
The cabin of the new C5 Aircross conveys a strong
suggestion of comfort as soon as you open the doors: a high driving
position to dominate the road and showcase the driver, and a stylish,
welcoming, interior whose graphic design is coherent with the exterior
styling. Adopting the same formal language as the cabin of the Aircross
Concept, the C5 Aircross is stylish, practical, and functional. This
SUV expresses CitroŽn’s DNA in full.
- Generous, open forms for a spacious, well
balanced interior that never overlooks functional aspects. Curved,
flowing lines contrasting with technical features of strongly marked
graphics, such as the dashboard where the double air vents at the top
of the supple strip further underline the strong, muscular character of
this SUV. On the driver's side, a 12.3-inch TFT digital cluster. In the
centre, the air vents and 8-inch HD capacitive touch screen with its
touch control strip form a perfectly integrated unit, further
underlining the perceived robust strength and modern design of the
dashboard. Showcased by their chrome and black-lacquer trim, these air
vents reflect the level of thermal comfort and are a signature feature
on the SUV by CitroŽn.
- A tall, wide central console with comfortable
materials and generous storage. A characteristic feature in the SUV
segment occupying a prominent position in the cabin, the central
console includes a wide armrest with an array of practical, attractive
- A graphic design that plays on the concept of
transversality, to suggest space and comfort. The new C5 Aircross
adopts the sofa styling of the C4 Cactus but approaches it in a new
way, in keeping with the world of SUVs. Transversality is suggested by
strong sense of graphic continuity with a coloured strip at the top of
the seats, adding a touch of refinement and distinction.
- A cabin bathed in light thanks to the generous
opening panoramic sunroof and the 360į glazing line, creating a
pleasant impression of space and comfort for all the occupants.
- Typically CitroŽn colours and materials,
tailored to the SUV segment. The materials are attractive, pleasant to
touch, and generously padded in the areas where they come into contact
with the driver and passengers. The C5 Aircross ships with a wide
choice of materials, from cloth trim to Nappa leather, personalising
the interior ambience to suit the customer's wishes, from casual to
executive. The seats of the C5 Aircross feature identity-shaped
topstitching, an interior signature for CitroŽn vehicles, creating a
visual contrast and underlining the impression of comfiness. This
pattern can also be seen on the door panels with their original
- Inspiration from the world of travel and
luggage. Introduced on the C4 Cactus and adapted in a variety of forms
from one segment to the next, particularly on the C6 launched in 2016
in China, this idea is illustrated on the C5 Aircross by the chic,
redesigned door handles, and by the strap on the dashboard strip,
facing the passenger.
The opulent, generous interior of the C5 Aircross
was designed for a simple, relaxed driving experience. It reassures the
occupants through its rational layout, intelligent design and quality
COMFORT: A UNIQUE SIGNATURE AMONG THE SUVS
A perfect alliance between comfort and technology,
the new C5 Aircross is a standard bearer for the CitroŽn Advanced
Comfortģ programme. A modern, global vision of comfort that dictated
all the choices made during the development process to take account of
the many aspects of on-board comfort: physical and mental, static and
dynamic, visual and audio.
DRIVING COMFORT: THE MOST COMFORTABLE SUV OF ITS MARKET
A world first: the “Progressive Hydraulic CushionsTM” suspension
The C5 Aircross premieres CitroŽn's new
“Progressive Hydraulic CushionsTM” suspension. CitroŽn's expertise in
running gear is well established. The ability to develop comfortable
suspension systems has been part of the Brand's genes for 98 years.
Over the years, customers have become attached to the comfort delivered
by CitroŽn, which is unlike anything else on the market. Drawing upon
its experience and the know-how of its engineers, CitroŽn has developed
a new suspension system whose aim is to improve damping quality while
maintaining the CitroŽn characteristics appreciated by Brand customers.
Twenty patents have been filed as part of the development of this new
suspension system. The principle of operation is simple. Whereas a
conventional suspension system is made up of a damper, a spring and a
mechanical stop, the CitroŽn system adds two hydraulic stops – one for
rebound and one for compression – on either side. In this way, the
suspension functions in two steps, depending on input:
- With slight compression and rebound, the spring
and damper control vertical movement together without applying the
hydraulic stops. However, the presence of these stops increases the
vehicle's freedom of movement, creating a "flying carpet" effect, as if
the car were flying over bumps and dips in the road.
- In the event of greater compression and rebound,
the spring and damper work together with the hydraulic compression or
rebound stop, which gradually slow down the movement, thereby avoiding
sudden jolts at the end of travel. Unlike a conventional mechanical
stop, which absorbs and then partially restores energy, the hydraulic
stopabsorbs and dissipates this energy. As a result, there is no rebound.
Thanks to this innovative solution and the EMP2
platform, which is famous for its comfort and driving pleasure, the C5
Aircross sets sovereign standards in comfort.
"With C5 Aircross, CitroŽn embodies the
implementation of its international product offensive in the SUVs: an
energetic and powerful design, and the world premiere of the suspension
with Progressive Hydraulic CushionsTM, a CitroŽn exclusivity, at the
heart of the CitroŽn Advanced Comfortģ programme, bringing unrivalled
comfort to the greatest number and underlining the reference expertise
of the Brand in terms of on-board well-being.” Xavier Peugeot, CitroŽn
High quality seats for all the passengers
The wide, thick seats with their welcoming
backrests invite passengers to step on board the C5 Aircross to enjoy
an original travelling experience in exceptional comfort. Dominating
the road with their raised position, these seats are designed for
support and comfort. Passengers feel as if they were relaxing in
armchairs, insulated from the road. Along with heating, the front seats
are available with an advanced multipoint massage system using eight
pneumatic chambers in the backrest. With five massage programmes, this
system lets the driver and passenger each select the type of massage
The rear passengers are privileged, with welcoming
and generous seats, whose backrest rake of 27į allows everyone to
travel in a great comfort, but also a wide armrest with retractable cup
holders, and a knee room at the best level of the segment.
||© 2017 Julian
Marsh/CitroŽnŽt/SA Automobiles CitroŽn