The Citroën C5 Aircross It has been on the market since 2018. However, despite having already sold 260,000 units, this first cousin of the Peugeot 3008 (they share a platform and engines) does not manage to shine with its own light, it is still in the shadow of the 3008. Thus, just four years after its launch, the Citroën C5 Aircross experiences its first update.
The new exterior design of the C5 Aircross is not a revolution. Even so, the changes are clearly visible in the SUV. The manufacturer has modified the entire front, eliminating its curved shapes. Visually, the front looks more square.
The grille is new, losing the horizontal slat in body color, as well as the headlights with a new light signature. In a way, it recalls the light signatures of the Citroen C4 and from new C5 X. The headlights are also dark tinted to blend in with the black grille.
In the center of the front, the chevrons are further apart and have more prominence. They are also not attached to the headlights by a chrome bar, which has been replaced by a fine chiseled stripe.
The lower part of the bumper has larger air intakes, one of them located above the license plate. The two side air intakes are now functional. At the bottom, the C5 Aircross gains a spoiler, highly visible and available in black or chrome, depending on the chosen finish.
At the rear, the main novelty are the rear lights. Although the overall shape remains ovoid, the ensemble is more prominent and clearly more sculpted. The lighting signature has also evolved, revealing three-dimensional rectangular shapes.
Despite the new design, the dimensions of the C5 Aircross do not vary. Measures 4.50 m long by 1.84 m wide and 1.67 m high. On the other hand, it still has a ground clearance of 230 mm.
Offers a new touchscreen, but the motors are the same
The most visible changes, however, are seen on board. The dashboard debuts a new central console with a new 10 inch touch screen (the same as in the Citroën C4), at least in the versions equipped with a navigator.
In this configuration, the screen is no longer between the two vents. These are now below the screen. It should be noted that the main controls for air conditioning and other functions are still physical buttons.
In the versions equipped with the EAT8 automatic gearbox, which account for the vast majority of sales, the gear knob has disappeared in favor of a small switch, in the style of what the Volkswagen group does lately (Porsche, SEAT). In fact, it is the same that we see in the C4 and Peugeot 308.
Behind the wheel, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster still present. The C5 Aircross, already famous for its comfort, thanks mainly to its suspensions with progressive hydraulic stops, raises the bar by increasing the density of the foam in the seats (+ 15 mm). The seats can be equipped with new materials (Alcantara, perforated leather, etc.).
In the rear seats, Citroën continues to offer three independent, sliding and reclining seats. And it still offers only two seats with ISOFIX when the Peugeot 3008 offers three. The luggage compartment volume continues to vary between 580 and 720 liters depending on the position of the bench (and from 460 to 600 liters in the plug-in hybrid variant).
Under the hood, Citroën hasn’t changed a thing. The SUV still has an engine of gasoline (PureTech) and another diesel (BlueHDi) of 130 CV each associated with the six-speed manual gearbox or the eight-speed EAT8 automatic.
The version 225 hp plug-in hybrid completes the range. And it is essential in the range, as 30% of the C5 Aircross sold in Europe are with this PHEV engine. This variant, which offers a range of 55 km in electric mode, and allows you to have the ZERO label de la DGT.
The new Citroën C5 Aircross will start shipping in the second quarter of 2022.