As far as leaked design sketches go, this one of the upcoming Citroen C5 Aircross is as official as they come – tweeted from the company’s CEO Linda Jackson.
The sketches look strikingly similar to the Aircross Concept from 2015, with details like the lower-dor AirBump cladding retained, although the distinctive rear door window framing from the concept appears to have morphed into a more traditional upper and lower moulding that runs from front to rear..
Speculation points to the C5 Aircross debuting in production form as early as next month’s Shanghai Auto Show and riding on the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform.
Powertrains will likely mirror those fitted to the DS 7 Crossback (DS Automobiles is PSA Group's premium brand) with two versions of a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine offering 135kW or 170kW and two 2.0-litre turbo-diesel variants with 100kW or 135kW.
Whether Citroen adds to the C5 Aircross’ powertrain with the DS 7’s upcoming plug-in hybrid (the 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors reportedly delivering 225kW) remains to be seen.
Also unclear at this stage is whether the C5 Aircross will be a global car for Citroen or limited to the Chinese market.
However, as TMR reported last year, Citroen’s design boss Xavier Peugeot has revealed more SUV/crossover vehicles are on the cards for the French brand.
“It’s clear that we want to be a mainstream player and to do that, we need to cover the various segments, Mr Peugeot revealed. “So ‘yes’ we want a Citroen offering in the D segment where the C5 currently is.”
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