Citroën C5 Aircross
Citroën is revising the C5 Aircross and, above all, sharpening the face, which no longer follows the child pattern. In the interior, a ten-inch touchscreen replaces the previous eight-inch monitor, and comfort seats with a massage function ensure well-being.
Somehow it’s not easy at the Stellantis Group. On the one hand, the sales figures should soar. On the other hand, CEO Carlos Tavares continues to preach efficiency. Which means lower costs and save as much as you can. On the other hand, managers have to be more and more careful about differentiating the individual models. With 14 brands, space in the individual segments can become tight and the group can stand on its own two feet. So the Stellantis strategies would do well to think carefully about when to bring which model onto the market.
With the Citroën C5 Aircross, this decision has long been made. And not to the detriment of the large corporation. Introduced in 2018, the SUV has sold more than 260,000 times since then. Now a facelift is due, in which the designers have mainly taken care of the look and the interior. When it comes to the powertrain, the EMP2 platform doesn’t leave much choice. The front differs significantly from that of the previous model. The shapes are no longer so round, but angular and the look is much more modern than the previous playful face.
Two lines run from two LED lines each to the double angle, which is designed in an emphatically three-dimensional manner and heralds the new design theme of the brand logo. The changes also continue in the lower part of the front apron, where vertical air inlets replace the previous elliptical ones. 3D is anyway the big topic in the design language of the facelift. The rear lights also promote the three-dimensional light effect.
Even more important is the redesign of the interior of the approximately 4.50 meter long crossover. Instead of an eight-inch touchscreen, the driver and front passenger interact with the vehicle systems via a ten-inch monitor. This improvement is also urgently needed in view of what the competition offers. With the plug-in version with 165 kW / 224 PS, the engineers have a special “treat” for those who don’t like charging. If the battery has not been plugged into the socket or wallbox for 30 days, the system reminds the driver twice a day. The 12.3-inch instrument display remains unchanged. Just like the square graphic of the information.
In general, the interior has been purified compared to the previous version. Instead of a classic gear lever, the small regulator from the other Stellantis models with PSA technology is being used. Underneath is the well-known rocker switch for the driving modes. In addition, Citroën C5 Aircross drivers can now also enjoy the new Advanced Comfort seats, which are already available in the C4 and C5 X. In addition to more comfort thanks to the thicker foam, there is now also a massage function.