Citroën’s new C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid is now available to order, with proces starting at £35,340 OTR.
It promises cost-conscious fleet decision makers and company car drivers a pure electric range of 34 miles, 168mpg (WLTP) and emissions of 32g/km CO2 (WLTP).
Combining a 180hp PureTech petrol engine, with an 80kW electric motor and an e-EAT8 automatic gearbox, the C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid offers a combined output of 225hp and 320Nm of torque. According to the manufacturer, charging takes “less than two hours” using a standard 7.4kW charger.
The car is offered in two trim levels, Flair and Flair Plus, with all models featuring: Satnav with three-year subscription to TomTom Live Traffic, active blind spot monitoring, active lane keeping assist, active safety brake, front and rear parking sensors and a 180-degree colour reversing camera.
Flair Plus models (from £36,815) are equipped with a half-leather interior, an electric driver’s seat, a motorised hands-free tailgate, active cruise control and 19-inch bi-tone alloy wheels.
The ‘e-Comfort class SUV’ plugin hybrid (PHEV) is being described by Citroën as the first step in its “electrification offensive”.
Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroën, said: “I am very proud to reveal New C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, which represents the first stage in our electrification strategy. Citroën’s true technological flagship, it offers true versatility of use: electric every day, petrol engine when needed, offering the ultimate comfort for all.”
PSA’s electrification strategy means all models launched from 2019 onwards will be available with a plug in hybrid (PHEV) or battery electric (BEV) derivative, in addition to petrol and diesel combustion (ICE) engines. By 2025, every model sold by Groupe PSA, both car and LCV, will have an electrified version.
Over a two year period, 15 new electrified vehicles will be launched across all brands in the Groupe PSA portfolio. These include a variety of cars that are already available to order, new DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, DS 7 Crossback E-Tense, all-new Peugeot e-208, 3008 SUV Hybrid4, all-new 508 Hybrid, Vauxhall Corsa-e and Grandland X Hybrid4.
The new Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid and Peugeot e-2008 will be available in 2020, as will BEV versions of the Citroën Relay and Peugeot Boxer.
Key to PSA’s electrification strategy are its CMP and EMP2 platforms that can take both electrified and ICE powertrains. This approach also allows for ICE and electrified vehicles to be built on the same production lines, making it easier to react to customer demand patterns.
First deliveries of the new Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid will commence in the summer.