Citroën unveils its new C5 X flagship, an innovative offering that combines the elegance and comfort of a saloon with the space and versatility of an estate. Taking inspiration from the CXperience Concept that was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, we think that the C5 X’s body style is immediately striking even in today’s day and age. Featuring a sleek fastback body style that blends saloon and estate styling cues, it also carries many of the elements that make premium SUVs so appealing.
Its long bonnet, fluid lines, high waistline and distinctive kick above the rear wheels bring distinction and dynamism, as well as providing a strong visual link to Citroen’s rich history of flagship models. With an increased ground clearance compared to a traditional saloon and large 19-inch wheels fitted with distinctive tall and narrow tyres, the C5 X can deliver an SUV-inspired raised driving position that provides greater visibility and safety.
New Citroën C5 X offers generous exterior dimensions, with a length of 4,805 mm, a width of 1,865 mm and a height of 1,485 mm, placing it at the heart of the D-segment. A long wheelbase of 2,785 mm translates into outstanding legroom for rear seat passengers. Further exterior highlights for new C5 X include new V-shaped light signature at the front and rear, which are visible in both day and night.
New C5 X also premiers the Citroën Advanced Comfort active suspension system, which goes one step further to deliver the brand’s famed ‘magic carpet’ ride comfort. With Advanced Comfort seats and Advanced Comfort Active suspension with damping controls, the C5 X is built to dismiss off undulations and broken sections of the road.
Roominess is further enhanced by the panoramic 360-degree glass house, including quarter windows that create a bright and airy atmosphere. In addition, a large opening glass sunroof allows light to flood in whenever required. Practicality has of course been considered down to the last detail in all areas of the design of new C5 X. For starters, the boot has a generous load volume of 545 litres, which stretches to a vast 1,640-litres with the rear seats folded. A wide boot opening, and a low loading make it easy to load and unload, while a flat floor and a luggage area free of awkward intrusions mean it’s easy to accommodate even the most bulky of loads.
On the inside, passengers will be treated with state-of-the-art technologies that make travel more relaxed, safer and fun. The Extended Head Up Display features a large-scale, full colour, projection onto the windscreen, making it a first step towards augmented reality. New C5 X also introduces Citroën’s most advanced infotainment interface, which has a particular focus on connectivity. Featuring a 12″ high-definition touch screen, four USB sockets and wireless smartphone charging, it can also be updated in real time via the Cloud and can Mirror Screen smartphone displays without the need to plug them in.
With its Highway Driver Assist, new C5 X offers the best in semi-autonomous level 2 driving. By combining Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Keeping Assist, the driver no longer needs to manage speed or trajectory as the vehicle takes care of all these functions.
Internationally, the C5 X will get a range of engine options including a 222bhp plug-in hybrid with a pure-electric range of 50 kilometres. For India? Let’s just say that the fate of the C5 X largely revolves around the initial reception of the C5 Aircross, but we would certainly like to see this ‘magic carpet’ on our roads.