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Here's what Citroen's new flagship SUV the C5 Aircross will look like in Europe

New mid-size SUV will take on the Skoda Karoq and Hyundai Tucson.

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CITROEN HAS REVEALED the European version of its new flagship SUV, the C5 Aircross.

The model, which continues Citroen’s global SUV offensive, has already been on sale for a while in China – where it has shifted more than 40,000 units so far.

The C5 Aircross uses much of the same hardware as the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 but positions itself as a practical middle ground between those two models.

The five-seat SUV has three individual rear seats that recline, fold and slide and, depending on how far you slide those seats, the boot can hold 580 to 720 litres of cargo.

Measuring 4.50 metres long with a ground clearance of 230mm, the new model looks robust and muscular and continues the styling we’ve seen on the C3 and C4 Cactus.

It features the familiar Airbump panels and distinctive roof bars and you can choose from 17, 18, or 19-inch wheels as well as a possible 30 different exterior colour combinations.

There are seven body colours, a black two-tone roof option and three Colour Packs – including coloured inserts on the front bumper, the Airbump panels on the lower part of the front doors, and on the roof bars.

Source: Newspress

The cabin can be personalised with five interior options with matching colours and materials. The cabin also features an all-digital cockpit with a 12.3-inch TFT instrument binacle and an eight-inch touchscreen as well as connectivity such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and wireless mobile phone charging.

The C5 Aircross comes with the full suite of Citroen Advanced Comfort systems including extra sound deadening panels to improve interior refinement, Advanced Comfort seats and the ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’ – special bump-stops atop the suspension, which are said to aid ride comfort.

Source: Newspress

There are 20 driver assistance technologies including Highway Driver Assist, a level-two autonomous driving system which helps keep you in lane and a safe distance behind the car in front when driving on main roads.

From launch there will be four engine options; a 130hp 1.2-litre PureTech petrol, a 180hp 1.6-litre THP four-cylinder petrol, a 130hp 1.5-litre BlueHDI diesel (which can be had with an optional eight-speed Aisin-Warner automatic gearbox), and a 2.0-litre 180hp diesel. At the end of 2019, the C5 Aircross will be offered as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), a first for Citroen.

Source: Newspress

The new Citroen C5 Aircross will be produced in France at the Rennes-La Janais plant and should be available in Ireland towards the end of this year.

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