Citroën U.K. Opens Ordering For New C5 X Crossover!

Part Sedan, Part Crossover, Part Wagon...

Ordering for Citroën’s all-new flagship model, the C5 X, has officially opened in the United Kingdom (U.K.). The new C5 X is available either with a gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) or as an efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) with up to 37 miles of electric range. 

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The C5 X is a unique vehicle in the D-segment, combining the modernity and appeal of an SUV, the elegance and status of an upscale sedan, and the versatility and practicality of a wagon. The C5 X not only represents a look into the future for the Citroën brand (thanks to its new advanced technologies), but it is also a moment to celebrate the brand’s rich heritage.

In addition to its head-turning good looks, the C5 X offers unrivaled comfort in the D-segment thanks to the Citroën Advanced Comfort® Program, Citroën Advanced Comfort® Seats, and Citroën Advanced Comfort® Suspension.

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“C5 X represents a long-anticipated return to the prestigious D-segment for Citroën, and we’re proud to offer customers a completely unique model,“ Eurig Druce, Managing Director of Citroën U.K. “There’s nothing like C5 X on the market today, not only in terms of its looks and dimensions but also the way C5 X combines the most advanced comfort features with the latest technologies to deliver unrivaled comfort and serenity.”

Inspired by the CXperience Concept, as well as cars like XM and CX, the C5 X is clearly a modern Citroën. The new chevron badging, with flowing 3D LED daylight running lights, helps to emphasize the clamshell design of the hood from the front, while the entire vehicle profile has been developed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind. C5 X models feature 19-inch aluminum wheels as standard equipment that help improve efficiency, while low rolling resistance tires further improve fuel economy.

The C5 X measures 4.8 meters (189.1 inches) long, 1.5 meters (58.4 inches) tall, 1.8 meters (73.4 inches) wide, and is available with a choice of 6 metallic and pearlescent exterior colors, as well as the option of a two-tone roof.

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C5 X features Citroën’s most advanced extended head-up display. The system projects all essential driving information in color directly onto the windscreen (4.5 meters/14.7 feet ahead in the driver’s line of sight), significantly improving safety and peace of mind, as the driver can keep their eyes on the road at all times. Drivers can choose to display key information such as navigation, driving assistance systems, and speed information directly onto the windscreen in front of them.

C5 X also debuts Citroën’s enhanced infotainment system. An ultra-wide, 12-inch HD touchscreen with ambient backlighting is home to ‘My Citroën Drive Plus’, which has been designed with optimum ergonomic efficiency and smartphone compatibility in mind – Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are standard across the range. Users can customize their preferred shortcuts as key functions, whilst setting their own user profile and preferred screen ambiance.

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Safety is assured via the latest technologies, including Active Safety Brake, Collision Risk Alert, 360-Vision, Long Range Blind Spot Monitoring System, Highway Integrated Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Active Lane Departure Warning System and Extended Traffic Sign Recognition, and Speed Recommendation.

The C5 X offers unrivaled comfort and serenity in the D-segment. All C5 X models feature Citroën’s Advanced Comfort® Suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. The suspension technology provides a smooth ‘Magic Carpet’-like ride. C5 X PHEV variants see the suspension upgraded to Advanced Comfort® Active Suspension, which features automatic electronically controlled damping for an even smoother ride. Drivers can also choose between Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes with the suspension tailored for each setting.

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All models also come standard with Citroën Advanced Comfort® Seats, which come with 15mm (0.6 inches) of added memory foam padding and provide more support over long drives. For the first time, the Advanced Comfort® Seats in New C5 X can be specified with ventilation, as well as heating and massage functions.

PHEV versions combine a 1.6-liter PureTech gasoline engine with an 81kW electric motor for a total output of 225 horsepower and 360 N⋅m (266 lb.-ft.) of torque. Capable of up to 37 miles in full electric mode, using a 12.4 kWh battery. The PHEV is ideal for fleet and business customers, as well as, user-choosers thanks to emissions of 30g/km, resulting in a U.K. “Benefit-in-Kind” taxation rate of just 12%.

The C5 X PHEV comes with a 7.4 kW Type 2 charging cable for use at home or at public charging points. Using the 7.4 kW onboard charger, a full charge can be completed in just 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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The PHEV will be sold alongside two efficient gasoline engines: a 1.2-liter PureTech inline-three-cylinder engine and a 1.6-liter PureTech inline-four-cylinder engine. The 1.2-liter PureTech engine delivers 130 horsepower and 230 N⋅m (170 lb.-ft.) of torque and is capable of up to 48.6 mpg (WLTP) and CO2 emissions as low as 136g/km. The more powerful 1.6-liter PureTech engine produces 180 horsepower and 250 N⋅m (184 lb.-ft.) of torque and is capable of up to 43.9 mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 147 g/km.

All powertrains are mated to an Aisin AWF8F35 8-speed automatic transmission.

At launch, the C5 X and C5 X PHEV models will be available in three different trim levels. Those trims include ‘Sense Plus’, ‘Shine’, and ‘Shine Plus’.

‘Sense Plus’ models come standard with 19-inch “Aero-X” aluminum wheels, automatic LED headlights, and power and heated door mirrors. Inside, all models feature an Urban Grey Ambiance with Grey Herringbone fabric and ‘Isabella’ Black leather-effect Advanced Comfort® Seats. A 10-inch central touchscreen is also standard, with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, while Active Safety Brake with Forward Collision Alert and Reversing Camera with Top Rear Vision are some of the safety and convenience features available. 

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‘Shine’ models add Satin Chrome trim on the rear bumper, with 19-inch “Diamond Cut” aluminum wheels with Onyx Black painted inserts. The interior ambiance is enhanced to Metropolitan Grey Ambiance with Black ‘Paloma’ leather and ‘Isabella’ Black and ‘Nixon’ Grey leather-effect Advanced Comfort® Seats. The steering wheel is heated, while the central touchscreen is upgraded to a 12-inch unit, and drivers also benefit from Citroën’s Extended Head-Up Display (H.U.D.) that projects onto the windscreen. Safety is improved via a Radar Controlled Active Safety Brake and the Level 2 autonomous Highway Driver Assist system.

‘Shine Plus’ models are the top trim offerings, that add extra-tinted rear quarter windows. Inside, the interior is finished with ‘Hype Black’ Ambiance, featuring ‘Mistral’ Black ‘Paloma’ leather with perforated chevron design patterns. The driver and front passenger seats come with heated functionality, while other styling effects include aluminum door sill protectors and brushed aluminum effect pedals. Technology upgrades include a 360-Vision camera as well as Extended Blind Spot Monitoring.

PHEV models include bespoke ‘Hybrid’ badging around the vehicle as well as a 7.4 kW single-phase onboard charger. Also available is remote temperature pre-conditioning (via the e-Remote Control subscription).

Pricing for the new C5 X and C5 X PHEV start at £27,790 (or about $33,433 USD) and £36,470 (or about $43,874 USD), with the first deliveries scheduled this month.


Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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I don’t know if this concerns anyone else, but I find the resemblance and cookie cutter functionality of this Citroen uncomfortably too close to the Chrysler Airflow prototype. This look seems to just dilute to Chrysler effort to reinvent the brand which has such a distinctive signature styling identity and rich history that the Airflow, indeed a pleasing design study,could be lost in a sea of look alike electric ho hum vehicles. Too much Chrysler DNA available to not have a Chrysler that looks like a Citroen. Hope Chrysler finds its way forward not sideways. Excite me with a next generation 300, a drop top 200 and a Crossfire again. Leave the cookie cutter look to others that can’t or choose not to look back to move forward. Who else is concerned?

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