First pictures: Citroen C5 X

Citroen has revealed a new flagship upper medium fastback combination of saloon, estate and SUV, which will launch with petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains at the end of this year.

The new model, according to Citroen, offers “the elegance of a saloon, the versatility of an estate and the commanding presence of an SUV”, and will offer a 31-mile range from its 225hp PHEV powertrain.

“Sitting higher on the road and being stylish and element are a golden combination,” said Citroen.

Length-wise, the C5 X sits between Peugeot’s 508 SW and the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake, being 27mm longer than the Peugeot, and 61mm than the VW, while sitting higher than either. The 545 litres of boot space is 45 behind the Arteon but 25 better than Peugeot’s estate, and Citroen is targeting both large estate and SUV customers thanks to the higher driving position. It also claims the dimensions give “outstanding” space for rear passengers, and on the plug-in hybrid version brings a new version of Citroen’s Advanced Comfort suspension system. Called Advanced Comfort Active, the system offers three modes and softens the suspension to create, Citroen claimed, a gliding sensation while still “sharpening the set-up for even greater control and precision when cornering”.

The C5 X will offer new technology including Extended Head-Up Display, that features what the brand described as “large-scale, full-colour projection onto the windscreen”, which it claimed is the first step to full augmented reality, while level two semi-autonomous driving is achieved via the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go combined with Lane Keeping Assist. The car also feature a new infotainment system that uses a 12-inch touchscreen influenced by tablet technology in its customizable display and widgets. It also features four USB sockets, smartphone wireless charging and wireless smartphone connectivity, proximity keyless entry that unlocks the vehicle as the driver approaches or leaves, as well as 360-degree surround camera and rear cross traffic alert.



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