CITROEN AUSTRALIA HAS today announced the addition of a 2.0 litre petrol engine to the local Citroen C5 line-up - a move prompted by favourable exchange rates.
Miles Williams, General Manager of Citroen Australia, said the availability of the petrol-engined C5 is a strictly limited offer.
"When we launched the new Citroën C5 we took the decision to go all-diesel because weakness of the Australian dollar meant that the price advantage of a petrol engine was outweighed by significant advantages of the diesel engines,” Mr Williams said.
“But with the reversal of fortunes for the dollar and the Euro, there is now a significant price advantage for a petrol version of the new C5 and this has enabled us to add it to the Australian range. But it is an offer that has a definite shelf life."
Mr Williams said the 2.0 litre petrol engine, producing 103kW and listing a fuel consumption figure of 8.9 l/100km, will only be available to Australian buyers for the first half of 2010.
The 2.0 litre petrol engine is paired with an electronically-controlled automatic transmission, moving the C5 to 100km/h in 11.7 seconds. Top speed is listed as 205km/h.
The petrol model will be offered in Citroen's Comfort trim, bringing a full range of luxury items including cloth and soft leather seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and dual-zone climate control.
On the safety front, the Citroen C5 holds a 5-Star ANCAP crash safety rating. Standard safety features include ABS brakes, Electronic Stability Control and Dynamic Control Headlights.
Driver and passengers are fully protected by up to nine front, side and curtain airbags, as well as a specially created torso-shaped bag which is deployed from the unique Citroën-specific fixed hub steering wheel.
Pricing and Availability
The 2.0 litre petrol Citroen C5 is available now, with a recommended drive-away price of $45,990.